Angel Hair Pasta Salad with Corn and Chorizo for Pass the Cook Book Club

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Someone should warn you that as you get older, time speeds up. I am pretty sure I am still flexing my pasta rolling arms in satisfaction and it’s already time for the May round of Pass the Cook Book Club. What’s that, you ask. Oh, just a totally chill group on facebook where we pick a book and some recipes then all give them a try on the same date. Pretty fun, low key, and a cook way to try out new recipes. Best part is you don’t even have to be a blogger. You may just enjoy reading food […]

How to make Homemade Pasta

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A few weeks ago I posted this killer ravioli recipe. In which I made everything from scratch. I mean everything. The pasta was the most challenging part. I have helped make pasta from scratch and know that it can take a bit of patience and practice and really didn’t want to mess up this great recipe. The challenge of homemade anything can be daunting. The practice of rolling up our sleeves and getting down and dirty is intimidating! Especially in a world where we can walk into the market and someone had done the work for us. And cheap. But, […]

Breakfast Sausage Ravioli for Pass the Cook Book Club

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It’s an extra special jam packed post today. Why? Because it’s cookbook club day! Because Breakfast for Dinner is the best thing ever. Because making pasta by hand makes it really hard to not take messy step by step photos and cover your fancy camera in pasta goo. Because we’re giving away a copy of our featured cookbook this month! Because it’s sunny! Ok… got a little carried away there. Erin handled the recipe selection this month, using a cookbook that I just happened to have on the shelves that I have been neglecting by fellow food blogger Lindsay Landis, […]

Spicy Taco Mac and Cheese for Pass the Cook Book Club

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Let a little sun shine it – this month’s Pass the Cook Book club recipe features the snappy Sunny Anderson’s cookbook – Easy Food for Real Life. I’m not much on Food Network Personalities these days. Once Mario left and there were competitions for Iron Chef – it lost all it’s charm. Late night re-runs of Alton, and I’m there! I like to cook – but I don’t need tailored personalities and tablescapes to prove I’m the real deal. With the influx of stars clearly designed to appeal to mom’s, I’m just not game. But Sunny at least seems real. […]

Tortellini Pasta Salad

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So, as far as food blogs go, I’m kind of missing the mark lately. I didn’t realize some kids had already returned to school and looking at my Pinterest feed you all are well into Halloween planning and I’m over here still pulling together summer barbecue and ice cream posts. Oops. If summer flew by for me, how do you guys with kids do it?! I mean between work, more work, bikes, and living, I’m pretty sure if I was responsible for another human it probably wouldn’t have seen a bath in like 3 weeks. Not that I don’t think kids […]

Pesto Artichoke Lasagna Rolls

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This time of year I am more than guilty of binging on heavy meals – I mean those carb laden heavy meals that sit in your tummy until lunch the next day. Those guilty kinds of means. The heavy ones that are oh so worth it. (The sweat your tush off at the gym the next day meals) And lasagna has to be one of my favorites. I had to travel a few weekends ago and wanted to leave something hearty and delicious behind for my man and these little lasagna rolls were born. I baked them in personal gratin […]

Weeknight Fettuccine with Sausage & Kale

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Early sunsets are not good for a darned thing. With the sun setting at like noon, I’ve been acting like an old woman. Just feed me, give me my pills, and put me to bed to the tune of Jeopardy. Ok, maybe not that bad, but it certainly feels like it. I never knew I was a summer person until this year. I don’t want to cook as much, go out as much, certainly can’t take as many pictures, or drive after dark. (See, little. old. lady.) The one thing cold dark nights are good for? Carbohydrates. Tons and tons of […]

Light and Healthy Homemade Spaghettios with Cheez-its

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It’s 7:53 PM as I prep this post for your hungry eyes but all I can think about is sleep. Even though we have a bad movie waiting to be watched via Netflix and I should be getting pumped for zombie gore – I want my pillow in the worst way. I rode 28 miles in 2 hours and 10 minutes today. So, I feel like I have an excuse for my insane fatigue. And then I hop over to this blog and feel like a total slacker. I’m ready for my pillow and all I did was ride today […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Cajun Mac and Cheese

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Let’s get down on the bayou with a kiss, a frog, and some serious flavor. Macaroni and cheese is something I developed a late love affair with not growing up with the blue  box, but don’t make your children suffer the same fate as me, or they may become mac and cheese addicts (see my teenage years). The problem with mac and cheese is that it can get boring if you aren’t mixing it up from time to time with new flavors. Sure, melted cheese is amazing, but add some southern kick and we are really talking. I have yet to see […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Penne with Sausage and Artichokes

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Guess what I got in the mail today? No, I did not inharent a fortune from my great aunt Edna who was also a Duchess in the old country. I got one of those fancy pictures of my car with an over priced bill attached. I am not ticked that I am writing the District of Columbia an exorbitant ticket, I am ticked because I have yet to get a legitimate ticket. This is the second time a fancy picture of my car has been sent to me. The first – We had adventured down some shady streets on the […]

Recipe Redo: Cajun Chicken and Sausage Pasta

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If the way to a man’s heart, is through his stomach, than I have a recipe that is guaranteed to seal the deal. Seriously, you will be lucky if this one makes it to the plate before forks are diving in for creamy flavor filled bites. This was the first real dish I posted on Pass the Sushi and it had been a really long time since I made it. There’s a reason why… just look at the ingredient list. We’re talking serious fat kid love, but it’s a good fat kid love. A serious clog your arteries but can’t stop licking the plate kind of […]

Skillet Beef Stroganoff

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  Change is in the air. Spring is right around the corner and with the forecast showing my days in the 60s – in February – Mother Nature and I may be in serious need of a heart to heart. I am all about warm weather. I love gardening, mountain biking, and a great breeze through the house. But this season she has taken things too far. I bough those clunky boots everyone wears. Not Uggs, but cheap look alikes. I swore I never would, but damnit they are comfy as sin and you know what? I have had less than 5 occasions […]

Short Ribs and Red Wine Sauce

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 We have had a rash of abnormally warm weather this winter which is making things hard between my slow cooker and me. I would normally love this time of year, all of the slow cooker recipes, hearty and thick meals. Gotta put on my winter weight and all, right? But unseasonably warm days have me walking around with no need for those heavy winter coats craving the smoke and fire of the grill. I want burgers, steak, corn on the cob and other summer time foods. It takes recipes like this one, this low and slow short rib sauce to […]

Carbonara with Saffron & Giveaway

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By the time you are reading this, I will be on my way to Dallas to hobnob with other comic retailers, distributors, vendors, and the guys who make the capes fly. To say traveling for work is fun would be a tab bit of a lie. Sure, I have a blast while I’m there, I get to meet great people and rock the comic business, but leaving my two cats, the dog and free snuggles behind really pulls at my heart strings. I know its only a short time, which is nothing compared to people who travel a lot for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Grilled Chicken Lemon Alfredo

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Here it is a few days before my step-sister’s bridal shower (which I am in charge of) and as time slips by, I can’t help but think of a comment that was left on my blog… Oh, I love you hon, but really, do you want to know what it’s like having me plan something? I have finally written out my menu and started shopping, and stressing about the deep clean I want to give this place tomorrow, and still have yet to decide 100% on favors. There’s a row of vines in my yard that just decided to up […]

Meatballs a la Pizzaiola

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The thing about my dad and I is that we kind of grew up together. He was young when he had me and played his hand the best he could. The best part about this (besides having a dad who loved K’nex just as much as me) was that I grew up knowing his friends, who I now consider my friends. They are also somewhat like a pack big brother’s who I know I could call on for anything if I needed to. A few weeks ago, a friend of the family had us all over for dinner. It was […]

Pesto Tortellini Gratin

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  Who needs reality TV – if you could follow Handsome and I around on a mundane Tuesday night, you would never slump to the lows of the Jersey Shore ever again. I promise. See, we are a sippy cup kind of special. You won’t hear us having thought provoking conversation that would eventually lead to the cure for cancer. No sweet poems would pass our lips with candlelight and music filling the air. No long conversations about the duldrums of one’s job. Nope. You’d see him chasing me around the house with a spoon covered in macaroni  and have to put up with […]

Cranberry Bean Pasta Fagioli

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I’ve caught a mean case of Spring Fever. It’s normally cold through March in my neck of the woods, with warmth breaking through here and there. Well, Mother Nature herself went and teased us with a 60 something degree last week and ever since I have been craving my flip flops like crazy. As much as I want the warmth, I am also now rushing to get in all of the winter recipes I haven’t made yet. I may want to be grilling burgers outside from now until forever but there are so many comforting soups, stews and other hearty […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Skillet Lasagna

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Today was one of those days when you have to wonder what the heck is wrong with people. I witnessed a car accident, it was minor, but I figured I’d pull over and leave my number if the police needed another witness. Well, I was thanked for stopping by being told I would be punched in the face if I didn’t leave by the people in the car who hit the other. Wow, really? You failed to yield at a yield, nail a person and have the audacity to sit there and scream at them… The man who was hit […]

Pasta Bolognese

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The following statement will show you just how screwed up I am, but, I love me some telemarketers. I thoroughly enjoy screwing with them. I know, I am not a good person. My parents used to get a certain news paper calling their house 6 or 7 times a week wanting them to subscribe to their paper. Apparently, their general disinterest did not stop the telemarketers from trying though. Finally I’d had enough and answered the phone in my best child like voice. The telemarketer asked to speak to my mommy or daddy to which I relied, “Mommy hasn’t been […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Artichoke Chicken Pasta

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It was another late night dinner when Handsome got home from school at 10pm. I always feel bad because he doesn’t often get a lot to eat during the day and being a hard worker, I want to make sure he at least gets one good meal a day. Not to mention, he loves himself some artichoke (not sure I do). I have never really worked with artichoke, and the few times I’ve had it (canned) it seems bitter and a little grainy. So, with no real idea of whether or not this would work, I went town in the […]

Spaghetti alla carbonara

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I love trying new things. In the past 11 months I have discovered a world of new ingredients and flavors that I would have never otherwise known had I not challenged myself with this blog and to try two new recipes a week. However, when dealing with new things you aren’t always certain of how things are supposed to look, taste or turn out. Every now and then I like to call in a friend for advice, technique and even to prepare the whole meal as I sit back and feel like a lazy bum.   Spaghetti alla carbonara From […]

Roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty. Ravioli

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Today was my day off and, much like that lady on the food network who seems really mean, I spent it cooking (minus the film crew and culinary prestige of course). I woke up early to bake cookies (hopefully that post is for tomorrow) and went to a friends house to make ravioli. And by make, I mean he did all the work while I snapped pictures. Kind of nice for a change.   Like all things that require a kneaded dough, ravioli intimidated me. I understand the basics of kneading, but I am a visual learner and I don’t […]

Olive Garden Chicken Scampi

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At first this whole cooking dinner while the BF was in class was kinda fun. I didn’t have to think about it as much nor did I have to waste time in the kitchen when we could be hanging out. It gave me lots and lots of free time. Now that were in the thick of it though, eating dinner alone sucks. Sure, that’s selfish of me, but it’s how I feel at the moment. The stress of the school work isn’t making anything fun either. I feel absolutely horrible for saying so, but I want some me time with […]