Black Bean and Chickpea Burger with Minted Cucumber and Harissa Aioli (AKA The Casablanca)

black bean and chickpea burger 6Today is a special day. No, it’s not my birthday. It’s….wait for it….National Cheeseburger Day!! It’s also the first day I’ve made a recipe for some minor food-related holiday to which most of America is happily oblivious. I used to be one of those happily oblivious Americans whose food holiday concerns pertained solely to Thanksgiving and Cinco de Mayo but I’ve evolved into a food blogger who now feels bereft when I’m the only one not celebrating Taco Tuesday with a related, well-planned out recipe. 

When I first started blogging, even my Thanksgiving recipes came after the holidays. I hadn’t yet got the memo that, as a food blogger, you’re supposed to plan your recipes 3-6 months in advance to make sure you hit every little holiday and season-related milestone out there. As a newbie, I was just trying to keep my head above water and get my 2-3 recipes out a week.

Now, more than two years later, I’ve reached a certain level of routine and organization that allows me slightly more preparation. Am I still finalizing blogs and recipes the day before posting? You betcha. But do I now have an Excel spreadsheet to help me plan my posts at least a month in advance? Yes, I do. Of course, life gets in the way. Some recipes don’t work out. Others come out of nowhere and just have to be shared. And still others languish for months on the bench until they get tagged in to play. See what I did there? Football reference? Because it’s football season and there are tailgates and we’re talking burgers.

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Rose’s Luxury’s Pork Lychee Salad

You may have noticed a new feature on my blog these past few weeks. If you have, thanks for paying attention. Gold stars all around! If not, no gold star for you! Just kidding. Look to your left. See what I’m talking about? That bright red “TalkToChef” button? There ya go. You can have your…

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Mediterranean Chicken Sausage and Chickpea Salad

It’s officially September. And, it feels like fall. Don’t get me wrong. It’s still 90 degrees and muggy outside, but it’s like the world just flipped a switch and out went the popsicles and ice cream and in came the pumpkins, apples and slow cookers. For me, the seasons change gradually. For the rest of…

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