Pimento Cheese Sliders

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Christmas came and went and now its time to ring in the new year with snazzy parties and fancy cocktails. I have been invited to a few of such events, but as I am mass amounts of excitement in the real world, I will probably just sit at home enjoying the evening with my own private stash of bubbly. After how much fun I had making Christmas dinner though, the idea of throwing a last minute hurrah at my house had been pinging around in my head. (Says the girl that had no dessert to offer.) New Year’s Eve appetizer’s seem […]

Post Holiday Eggnog Pancakes

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It’s hard to find a balance between what to post on Pass the Sushi and what not to. I don’t photograph everything I eat (trust me, you would be appalled) but I do try to photograph the good ones. There are a few that have never even made it to a ‘photo shoot’ because I simply can’t be bothered with making them look pretty before devouring them. I am trying to strike a harmony between my tummy and my food blogging self that maybe will someday share with you some of my favorite fall back meals. As for December, there just wasn’t enough […]

Almost-Famous Broccoli-Cheddar Soup

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Holy post holiday madness, Batman. I am so glad I don’t work Mondays because I really need today to just recover. For anyone who has to work today, or yesterday, bless you. Christmas day was an awesome 12 hour marathon of presents, family, dinner, a visit from my favorite Rottweiler, and more presents.  I scored mass amounts of awesomeness, a shiny new Kindle and now I need to teach myself how to use it. These new fangled kids and their crazy technologies I am looking for new books to read now more than ever and am wondering how magazine subscriptions […]

Eggnog Cupcakes

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Seriously, what’s a birthday without some cupcakes? I hope everyone is prepped and ready for Christmas day and enjoying some quality time today. Or at least you are calming things down and will be able to relax by tonight. I have a bit of festive work, then some holiday party-ness and a long over due Christmas Eve dinner with my family. Then I will tuck myself in tight and await a visit from Santa. Eggnog Cupcakes Discovered on Annie’s Eats, from Baking Bites & Cook’s Illustrated Ingredients: For the cupcakes: 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour ¼ teas. baking soda ½ […]

Eggnog Sugar Cookies

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There is a mountain of presents in the middle of being wrapped, all the grocery shopping is done (I hope), and the stockings are all set to be hung. I’m taking a moment to unwind a minute and watch a little bit of The Santa Claus 3. I was expecting to be doing this with an additional 90 pounds of energy running about, but sadly, Gouda won’t be spending the holidays with us. So let’s have a little holiday run down for everyone who may be interest, if not skip ahead to the recipe for the tasty sugar cookies below. […]

Christmas Breakfast? Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

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I may be in my twenties, but Christmas morning has never changed. I wake up early giddy with anticipation. I try to not wake anyone else. Finally, I drop one too many spoons or shut the pantry door a little too hard and everyone else wakes up. There is the childlike joy of unwrapping presents under the tree and the mess of paper that follows. We never made Christmas breakfast. Ever. Chocolate chip cookies, candy and pure excitement was all we needed to fill our tummies. But if you did want your family to have something more than pure sugar […]

Christmas Dinner and a Holiday Giveaway

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Christmas wouldn’t be the same (in this modern world of ours) without Christmas specials. I love finding the same classic movies on over and over again from Thanksgiving on. Nothing quite makes you smile like the distant hum of all the Whos down in Whoville or when Linus gives his Christmas monologue. That is the meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown. So what do Christmas specials have to do with food? Not a whole lot. But, these Cornish hens reminded me of the humble dinner that Bob Cratchit served his family for Christmas. (Another Christmas classic my dad would always watch […]

Peanut Butter Brownies

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I’m pretty certain that I discussed on here and in the past how I believe in Christmas magic I’m still a fan of Santa and yeah I still send a letter to the North Pole every year. I realize this is probably uncommon in an adult, but as I passed an elderly woman the other night in the market who was humming Christmas carols out loud to herself, I couldn’t help but smile and believe in Christmas magic. Maybe it’s naive to believe that the month of December brings out the best in people, maybe it’s crazy to think that […]

Spinach and Artichoke Dip – Olive Garden Copy Cat Recipe

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I warned you and it happened the evil Olive Garden across the street is almost open for business. I am not to be trusted. The idea of unlimited bread sticks bowls of hearty soup and a premixed martini certainly all sound like a good thing, but in reality we know the guilt that comes with Olive Garden is not exactly the best thing for anyone. Pasta dishes are not hard to make at home and heavy cream is something we should never have in copious amounts, not to mention the idea of waiting 45 minutes less than 20 feet from my front […]

Mini Apple Cheesecakes

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I remember mini cheesecakes from when I was little. They were a quick and easy dessert that could be topped with canned pie filling and made to order for a large amount of people with short notice. Some things never change, and having a quick delicious dessert recipe on hand is always helpful in a pinch. When Lucky Leaf asked me to taste test some of their pie fillings, I knew I wanted to reconstruct my childhood memory into a recipe my readers could whip out when needed. That’s where things started to go wrong. I wanted quick and easy. So while […]

Quick Tortellini Bake with Rose Sauce

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Have you ever been hit on – by a woman? (Ok, gents – that what a rhetorical question). Because it happens to me all the time. I was out to dinner with some friends once having an evening of ridiculously fun conversations and being ourselves. I don’t remember what we were really talking about but movies, politics and the sorts tend to be our normal topics. I know Angelina Jolie was being spoken about at once point or another (yeah, I know she’s not everyone’s favorite – but I love her). Our conversation went on and on and when the […]

Beef Stew

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There are simply not enough days until Christmas. I am thinking of starting a petition to bump it back to the end of January. It seems as though after Halloween there is this ma dash of prepping menus, cleaning, decorating and family get togethers that can quite frankly, stress people out. In the summer (at least my family) you see your family all the time. It seems at least every other weekend there is a barbeque, game of horseshoes or birthday party that pulls everyone together. But none of those need any thought. Grab some burgers, grill some wienies, everyone […]

Coffee Cake Cookies and Christmas Music to add to your collection

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I’ve only once before talked about music on this site (well, ok, reviewed music on this site) but since my love of music, especially holiday music runs deep, I figured it was time for a small dose. For those of you who don’t want to listen to the jingly and jolly you can just skip on ahead to the tastiness. Joey + Rory Farmhouse Christmas: I downloaded this before previewing anything. Yes, I like twang. Yes, I like country. Get over it, I also like red meat, comic books, video games and movies with big explosions so you can put up […]

Shrimp and Scallop Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

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So, I’m driving the other day – set the scene, tunes bopping, sunglasses on, make the universal imaginary driving action with your hand, ok, go – when I passed a sign for flying deer that sparked this post. You know, the sign they post whenever there is a corn field or more than three trees in a row, to alert you that wild life may try to take the right of way regardless of the laws of physics. Under the picture of the reindeer (seriously, it’s a flying deer. You’ll never look at those signs the same) it said 8/10 […]

Red Velvet Krispy Treats and a Sephora Mascara Review

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To say I’m not girley is… putting things lightly. I have previously discussed on here my attempts to be more feminine, such as the time I decided to wear more skirts, which lasted about a week. I’ve always been more grounded in blue jeans, more comfortable in a T-shirt, and more cozy in a hoodie than I’ll ever be in one of the 9000 pairs of high heels I own. Nothing stops me from buying more shoes though.  I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, figuring why not just start now, so with that in mind I went and did […]

Good reading & Japanese Pork and Ramen Soup

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I just finished up the latest (and yes by latest, I’m almost a year late) of the Kim Harrison Hallow’s book series. It’s the 9th and probably my favorite yet, until those last few paragraphs. It’s got witches, demons, vampires, werewolves, fairies and a dramatic lack of glitter, which is kind of how I like my paranormal creatures. All in all they are ok books, light, easy reads before bed. Something you could kick out in a night or two, or just slowly pace your way through. There isn’t an urgency to rush, or rather a need to. The Hallows books […]

Pumpkin Pie Martini

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Things have been crazy at the homestead with a lack of internet for over 9 days now. I have to come in to work early and leave late to try to keep things up and running here and the guilt of not commenting on other blogs is driving me a little batty. Ok, that one made me sound crazy. However, Handsome and I have been catching up on some reading and some movies and the house is spotless so I guess there’s some good coming of it. I feel trivial complaining about a lack of the internet when there are […]

Christmas Lists and Ad Hoc’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I’m not good at Christmas Lists… Santa asks for a list and I can’t think of what to ask for (though, he will debate with me about the truth to that statement) and my secret Santa has stated that he simply won’t get me anything I intentionally ask for. But the idea of getting out the crayons and doodling out a a recap of my years good behavior and some stocking stuffers brings out the kid in me. I thought it would be fun to have a little Christmas List of my own to share with you guys this year? […]

Sloppy Joes

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Shopping at the Walmart. You know, that store we all love to hate. Why is it that Walmart attracts the strangest sights? Is it just because it is always so packed that you are bound to see something interested or is it that Walmarts are like a flame/moths relationship and just bring out the WT in people? I hate to shop there but the other night we had a blender incident and I was in need of some parchment paper so at 10:30 at night, Handsome and I found ourselves stopping at the local big box chain to pick up a few […]

Maple French Toast & Bacon Cupcakes

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Want to streamline your baking, speed up your cooking and spend less time in the kitchen? Check your salt situation before you start baking…. Oh and check your eggs too. Because when you look at a recipe and think there is no way that there is 30 minutes of prep work, know that the author somehow knew that you were going to have to stop a quarter of the way through to run out for salt… Then again half way through when you realize you only have two eggs left in the fridge. In other words, use some common sense […]

Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup and a PSA

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A PSA from Pass the Sushi… I’m not a parent, I don’t play one on TV or ever plan on being on in reality to anything more than my 4 legged furry babies. But I do work with a lot of kids on a regular basis and spend a lot of time trying to gear them towards content that has been rated by people higher up on the parenting chain for their protection. The problem is, most parent’s don’t seem to care. I am not sure if it is because they think of the comics they had as a child, […]

Leftovers? Eat like a pilgrim, Pilgrim Sandwich

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The best part about Thanksgiving? The leftovers, duh! For as long as I can remember, a local sub shop has offered a sandwich all year round that is a carb-oholic’s dream come true. The sandwich starts with a beautiful thick hoagie roll overflowing with stuffing, turkey, cranberries and a slather of mayo. It’s the kind of sandwich that requires a long nap or a marathon immediately afterwards.  It’s the kind of sandwich I only allow myself to order maybe once a year. It’s the kind of sandwich that give’s angels wings. Oh yeah, it’s that good. So, you can imagine […]

Top 10 Recipes For Thanksgiving and Gingersnap-Spiced Mini Pumpkin Pies

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But Miss Kita… you told us last week you didn’t like pumpkin pie…. Liar liar pants on fire. Ok, ok. I hear ya! But the truth is, I don’t like pumpkin pie. There’s just something about it, after about two forkfuls I’m done. Unless there is a mountain, and I mean ridiculous-right-to-your-hips-never-wear-skinny-jeans-again. Ever. kind of mountain of whipped cream on top, I just can’t finish a slice.  Lucky for me, we little bakers have the technology and know how to make pumpkin pie in two forkful sized portions. Now, when we can make hosiery that doesn’t rip on the first wear too, I’ll be a […]

Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Sides

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There’s a few things in life I am grateful for since this is the week of Thanksgiving we should probably talk about them. I can think of three things in particular brought up the top of my head, my two small crock-pot and in my one large one. There’s not much you can’t take on in a kitchen with three crock-pots running on high. So, the other day when Pillsbury sent me an e-mail saying they could streamline some Thanksgiving recipes by making them in the crock-pot I rewrote this week’s menu of posts, and ran to the grocery store. […]

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins – Shh, it’s a Secret Recipe

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You know what I smell? Well besides stuffing, turkeys and brisk leaves in the air… I smell a bunch of secret recipes about to be relieved today. That’s right it’s Secret Recipe Club* day  and this month I got to be a stealthy little ninja over at Melissa’s Cuisine. Melissa’s is a newlywed in her early 20’s spending her free time in the kitchen (minus the newlywed part, I toootally get it ). She cooks because she enjoys it and runs to keep it off (wait, did I pick up mountain biking this year?). And she’s got a pup named Champ. We […]

Snapshot Saturday: Sis’s Bridal Shower

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Some of you already have seen these pics, on my Facebook page, but I wanted to give my step’s sister’s bridal shower a bit more love and expand a bit on the menu. Spinach Bake recipe from Our Best Bites Red Velvet Cupcake recipe from The Novice Chef Creamy Tomato Soup hiding in that little crock pot back there Savory Cheesecakes from Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body Apple and Onion Confit Crostini from Food Network Antipasto platter with assorted meats, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and marinated artichokes Taco Seasoning recipe from SmellsLike Home  for wedding favors Coffee and drink bar with soda pop

Flu-Fighter Cookies

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It’s that time of year where if you don’t have the sniffles, someone you know does – and you’re avoiding them like the plague. Each of us has a little secret up our sleeve, on standby for if we ever do come down with a cold to make us feel better and get back up and running. I ripped out an article in Rachael Ray Magazine (November 2011) talking about our symptom ‘crushers’ and asking “The Doctors” (a show I had never heard about before) whether or not they work. The first one was sleeping on onions. Ew. And you guessed it, […]