Open Face Tuna Melt for One

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Being from a store where everyone knows your name (*see yesterdays post), it’s easy to forget sometimes, that when you are out in public, we have clients everywhere. While walking through the market, I get random waves and hello’s, sometimes even long conversations about so-ands-so’s kids or pets. Ordering pizza, a customer of mine may be making or delivering it. Have a question about your Mac? I’ve got clients for that too. We have a lot of weekly regulars that we have grown used to chatting with once a week. When I run into them at the mall (cough working […]

Personal Grilled Taco Pizzas

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Today’s story has to be told, to get to tomorrows. After bragging about how much I love my job last week, I feel it is only fare to try to explain to you what being a part of the Captain Blue Hen family can be like. Some of you may be too young to remember a show called Cheers, so go wikipedia it. For the rest of you, you get exactly what I am saying. When you walk into our store, it is an extension of your living room. That level of comfort and friendship. We are the place everyone […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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Lets all say Aloha! Have your own luau with hula stirts and flower leis while you gather the family around the supper table. Tonights “set it and forget it” dinner is inspired by the flavors of Hawaii and my favorite Disney movie, Lilo and Stitch. Mom and Dad can tuck away some hidden flavor of pineapple and teriyaki while this pork shoulder slow cooks all day and is fork tender and ready to shred just in time for a little family moment. After all, that’s what this is all about! Ohana. I was probably too old to have the obsession with […]

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: Falafel-Crusted Chicken with Hummus Slaw

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A few years before the birth of this blog, I was struck with the knowledge that there was a lot of food out there I had never tasted. New flavors, textures and cuisines all together I had never even given notice to. The rest is history. Now, wrought with heavy debate, I can not choose my favorite type of food, my favorite meal, dessert or more. And every day I discover more. Once you are open and willing to try new things there is so much more out there then you could have ever imagined. One of the moments that shocked my […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Honey Pork Stir Fry

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  This whole week is about bringing the family around the dinner table with fast delicious meals packed with flavors kids will want to try. The hook? They are all paired up with a little of that Disney magic. One of the biggest struggles for a lot of parents is getting kids to try new foods. Putting new ingredients on the table without an eye roll or verbal protest is something I see a lot of my friends struggling with. As I went through the recipes I wanted to make or post, I couldn’t help but pair a few here and there with some […]

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 […]

Spring Gardens and Easy Chicken and Rice

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Do you ever have those ridiculously stupid conversations with your partner where you end up annoyed just because? They often go like this, “Hey Babe, can you do this for me?” “No, I’m busy.” “Whatcha’ doing?” “I don’t know.” …. Please tell me we are not alone… So I huff off before early morning lack of caffeine and irritation sets in then feel like an ass two hours later when I spot Handsome home early from work sectioning our an 8×10′ area of our yard for a new garden. The garden I have been talking about… The garden I mentioned in passing weeks ago. Who’s got […]

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

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It’s full out mountain biking weather now that we are clear from winter. Sure, we could be tough and bike all year long, but neither one of us seemed to muster up the courage to brave the frosty chill. We threw on our bike shorts in mid February and have been out every weekend at least twice since. Our goal this year is between 50 and 100 miles every month. So far this month, that’s not happening, but I can easily see us getting there. As with all things though, there are their little annoyances. Our biggest peeve has got […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

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If there has been one thing to steal my heart from the wonderful clouds of smoke from my grill this year, it has been my slow cooker. I have always loved having a magic dinner-ready-when-I-walk-into-a-house-filled-with-tummy-growling-awesomeness tool but this year I really feel in love with it. And why? BBQ nachos waiting for me at 9:30 at night after a long day of work, creamy soups comforting me when I can’t chew, and this cookbook. America’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution has been my most used cookbook this year. I am constantly flipping through it tabbing more and more pages. I […]

Swiss Mushroom Burgers

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Tomorrows the big day. Or rather, the worst day in a foodies eyes… I go in to have my wisdom teeth yanked. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a speedy recovery after everyone’s stories last week to help me prepare. I was overwhelmed with everyone’s responses last week when I asked about your personal experiences with oral surgery and to offer me suggestions. We have stocked the house will pudding, applesauce, and soup and a certain someone has promised to make me copious amounts of his famous macaroni and cheese when I am up to chewing. To prepare though, I have tried to eat as many […]

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 […]

Slow Cooker Super Easy Big-Batch Chili

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I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some snow. It was an unseasonably warm December in my neck of the woods, which may be why I never got in my normal holiday mood (how do you people in the south get into the holiday spirit???), but now it’s just starting to dip its toes into the cold stuff. If only we could add a little snow, I’d be satisfied. I know it goes against the whole ‘I love my job’ bit, but I could even use a few cozy snow days to decompress. Since the glee of tunneling […]

Drunken Pork Chops and Savory Green Rice with Fontina

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It’s January 2nd and all I have on my scratch sheet of paper is the words screwing up. No profound new years resolutions. No list of organized and achievable goals. Nothing. I’m in a funk. What do you do when you screw up? Especially when you don’t mean to. When it is a genuine mistake. You’ve somehow hurt, upset or offended someone and an ‘I’m sorry’ just doesn’t seem like it will cut it. A customer and friend of mine once said, “I have ‘Catholic guilt’.” I immediately knew what he meant (and also realized that I have suffered from that same guilt my entire life). […]

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 […]

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 […]

Flank Steak with Peanut Butter Noodles and a Philly Bloggers Meet-up

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  This weekend was awesome. First off all, I had off. For those of you who work in retail or have a non-9-to-5 job, you get what I’m saying. Second, I got to meet some great food bloggers at R2L, an awesome event organized by Wendy at La Phemme Phoodie! R2L is a stunning restaurant located on the 37th floor of Liberty Place and Chef Daniel Stern did a wonderful job of pulling out all the stops by serving wonderful appetizers, drinks and preparing a flawless selection of dishes for us ‘foodies’ to photograph and  indulge upon. Photographer Eric Mencher […]

Spicy Cashew Chicken

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I love my big, black, sturdy… wok. Yeah, it rhymes, but I promise I wasn’t going there. Now, get your mind out of the gutter and back to the food. Seriously, my wok has got to be one of the most valuable things in my kitchen. My cherry red Kitchenaid stand mixer is amazing. I will never dispute that, but the things it does, I could do myself (just not as quickly, effectively, or without complaining later about how sore my arms are). My food processor, just as awesome, but I would never tell a new cook they must have one. […]

Open-Face Hot Chicken Sandwich with Creamy Mushroom Gravy

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I owe every one in the foodie blogging world an apology. Where I have made sure that posts were scheduled and up for the last week, I have been really bad at checking out everyone else’s posts and commenting. As I type this, it’s Monday night (I know, it’s Wednesday) and I haven’t had a moment to myself in 10 days. I have only been home before 8 PM once. My dad’s wife has been away on business for the past 10 days and even though my father is young, healthy, and fully capable of taking care of himself, I have still stopped by every […]

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

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If you’re a regular here at Pass the Sushi you already know that I have been in full swing Fall mode since early September – which means apples, pumpkins, scarves, sweaters, boots (lots and lots of boots), soup, strews, casseroles, and the return of my favorite kitchen must-have equipment – my ever faithful slow-cooker. If it wasn’t weird, I’d hug it. This year I have tons of new soups, stews and slow cooked goodness to scratch off the list this year – and the best part is – I can do these on the nights I work late! (Cheer with […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Crescent Sandwich Roll-ups

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Some days you just need a break from all the fancy meals and hard work. You just need something that will sooth the soul and make you feel all warm and cozy on the inside. You know, like on those days when your father arrives out of the blue in the front yard, boat in tow and tosses three giant live, flopping, breathing, fighting for their lives fish in the nearest cooler and drives away. I have never cleaned a fish. I have only seen it done once – over 10 years ago. They are flopping in the cooler. Flashbacks […]

Roast Beef Wrap with Dill Slaw

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Ever feel like you really need a lunch break? Chances are, you should probably take one. Back before I had my dream job, I know we would hit the ground running on our lunch break as a chance to get the stress of the day out of our system and to laugh of the worries of the day. A break in the day to sit and enjoy lunch is one of those simple pleasures that really goes a long way – and I’m not alone in this article Chow lists 5 reasons to take a break for lunch. Now that I […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Barbecue Stuffed Chicken Salad

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I know Im not alone, I have a frisky little cell phone. I can’t spell. I love spell check and run it at least three times per post and guartentee there is still at least one misspelling in every one of my posts that I find later. So when I got my smart phone I was rather excited for this predictive text technology.Boy was I wrong. Predictive text is more of a program designed to make you appear retarded to friends and colleuges. My phone for example is a sick one. I didn’t program it that way, it came that […]

Chicken Enchiladas a Secret Recipe

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I went and did it. I joined a club. But unlike others that I have considered joining, this one I’ll be able to keep up with. There are lots of options for groups and clubs in the online cooking sphere, and all of them look really interesting. From the Daring Bakers to French Fridays with Dorie, each one offers an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Problem is, I tend to randomly pick my posts, have rather poor planning skills (the fact that the cake featured for my birthday was actually the cake I made for […]

Using up the Leftovers: Taco Mac and Cheese Steaks

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If you didn’t like my ‘Manwich‘, hated those Bacon Caramel Brownies and aren’t really down with tossing around your leftovers on a late night to fill your belly, I suggest you just go ahead and skip this post. For the four of  you left reading, get ready to party hard with your inner fat kid. Some nights I work late and by the time I get home I’m starving. I know eating late isn’t good for you, so you should be more cautious of what you choose, but that all flies out the window at half past nine after a […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Creamy Chicken and Pasta Salad

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I can not be the only one who needs a day off after that ‘holiday’ weekend, right? Truth of the matter is – I didn’t get a day off! I had to work Friday, Saturday and Monday – leaving Saturday to bake and cook in the morning and run from my parents to Hansome’s parents for over 12 hours in 99 billion degree weather.  Here it is Tuesday and I’m back to the weekly grind. I think I missed out on something here! I even lost my Do Nothing Monday. I feel so robbed. I hope everyone partied hard to […]