Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Peanut Butter Cheesecake from PasstheSushi.com

Handsome and I are headed out for a weekend of adventure in North Carolina. I’ll be meeting his sister, niece, and nephews for the first time.  It’s a much needed ‘family’ vacation and I, for one, am really excited. Handsome and I actually do really well in a car together for several hours – and I figure that’s a pretty big accomplishment for any couple. Nothing is going to plan, and we are both over due for a few days off so this is going to be a blast! Follow my Instagram for random photos and probably at least one […]

Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches

Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches via PasstheSushi.com

Nothing screams summertime like an ice cream sandwich. And I have been quite shamefully indulging in my fair share of ice cream sandwiches this summer. From chipwiches to these red velvet ice cream melts, I’ve had more ice cream in the past 4 weeks than I have had in the past 4 years. But I bike now… so I’ve earned it… or at least that’s what I’m telling myself. So, after a long day of web work, slinging comics, and riding, these creamy, sinful ice cream sandwiches are perfect. And melty. But perfect. The ice cream isn’t really an ice […]

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake via PasstheSushi.com

Cinco de Mayo is almost here and I am really really sad. I’m pretty sure I could eat Mexican for an entire month long celebration of Cinco de Mayo if we wanted to make this party last… But I’m also sure I would be painfully single and looking for a place to rent on the cheap too as Handsome patiently puts up with a few Mexican recipes by eating a bag of Chex mix for dinner but wouldn’t have it for a month straight. But we’re finishing out the Cinco de Mayo celebration on PtS and GirlCarnivore with a bang! […]

Tomato Soup Cupcakes

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  Let’s talk a minute about this little sitcom that everyone seems to watch. One that kind of haunts my day to day life. Seriously, The Big Bang Theory. I can not tell you how often people step into our comic shop with wide eyes like it’s a strange and foreign land wondering what it must be like to ‘live in The Big Bang Theory”. No really. That show has made us all neurosurgeons and physicists or blond flakes. And since I’m the girl, they often assume the latter for me as well. Thanks. And I’m pretty sure my father had finally stopped thinking working […]

Banana-Nut Pound Cake with Maple Crown Royal Glaze

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There was a post planned for this site where I was going to talk about this ‘pay it forward’ ideal that I would love to live by. I have had a lot of awesome pay it forward moments in the last year (mountain bikers are an especially good group for this) where a kind person has helped me, not because they had to, but because it was the right thing to do. Then January 1st happened and return lines and crappy sales associates and just generally pissy people happened and whatever benevolent and pay it forward attitude I had went out the […]

Chocolate Walnut Turnovers

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One of my favorite movie lines is when McLintock, after an outrageous demand from his daughter to protect her good name, points a gun at young Devlin Warren and tells his daughter in a rather matter-of-factly kind of way, “Well, I’m your father, and I love you” while pulling the trigger. If you’ve never seen McLintock, this sounds like a rather heartless scene, but it was a blank, Devlin was fine, and it resulted in a spanking for the mouthy daughter. I can’t help but think of my own father every time  hear that line. I’m not sure I could ever convince […]

Andes Mint Brownies

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You know those commercials  this time of year jamming jewelry down your throat? Then there’s the reminder that it really is ‘engagement season’ by the random texts and phone calls I have gotten lately from excited friends who are sharing their good news. But you know what sends me over the top? Facebook rubbing my nose in it. Facebook loves to remind you someone has had a change in their ‘relationship status’ for far too long. I saw it, I congratulated, now go away. But no, every time I log in for the next week, Facebook is going to point and laugh it’s little […]

Red Velvet Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

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While traveling to work the other day I had on the Serious XM Country Christmas radio station and I heard something that reminded me what Christmas was all about. I didn’t catch the very beginning, so I am not sure if it was the DJ’s personal story or something previously recorded, but who ever was talking was reminiscing about childhood Christmas’s in a small town. He talked about how his family only had one strand of lights, how they didn’t have much, but as children they never knew. He talked fondly of his mothers baked goods. Cookies and pies. He went into […]

Triple Peanut and Chocolate Chip Cookies

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It’s full on gift giving season now whether you’re ready or not. Lucky for you, I was brainstorming with a friend of mine and we came up with the idea of a great little stocking just for foodies! If you are looking for some inspiration for your culinary inspired friends, we got you covered! Wine Pump  I can’t say how many bottles of wine have ended up being dumped down the drain after a party. Corks break and you don’t know how to properly store the leftovers. This cute little gift boxed vacuum / pressure pump from Peugeot removes air from the bottle to preserve your […]

Triple Layer Chocolate Mousse Pie

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Pie Month. It came. It went. And I’m terribly sad to see it go. I took on pie month as a challenge to myself to conquer pie dough. And conquer I did. There was a double crust with shortening A traditional dough, replacing the water with vodka for a flaky crust. One from the pros at Cook’s Illustrated, with a touch of cinnamon, rolled in graham cracker crumbs. A quick puff pastry that makes me believe I may never need store bought again. And finally today’s simple tart recipe that was flaky, butter, and hands down my favorite of the bunch. This one will be my […]

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Oh dear God. Brace yourselves. I wasn’t prepared or ready for it. I didn’t feel it coming on. I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to happen this year. Then as I was standing around waiting to get some images framed at the art store the other day, Christmas landed in my cart. (bet you were expecting something much more dramatic, huh?) Garland, ornaments, windings, whohas, and ribbons exploded from the aisles and threatened to take me hostage if I didn’t send a few home with myself. So I did. Because I can’t not. (The bags are currently hiding in my car […]

Pumpkin Maple Stack Cake

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Last week I got to be a kid again. And it was awesome. My dad and I spent the day in Philly, going to the zoo eating out and seeing a concert. It was a blast. I didn’t work, worry about emails, or wonder what was happening on twitter. I was walking around a zoo making sure we didn’t miss anything and pouting because the rhino refused to turn around – for hours. Giant rhino booty does not a good picture make.  (These pics were all taken with my Tameron Lens – seriously, great investment for a walk around lens. […]

Jumbo Pretzel M&M Cookies just for me

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There’s never enough time. We’ve all had this feeling. There’s always one more thing that needs to get done, one more chore, a little more work, dinner to be made, wash, rinse, repeat. Things seem to be exponentially speeding up and at times it can all be overwhelming. It feels like the list keeps growing and I can’t seem to scratch enough items off. I wonder if this feeling is something that woman feel more pressure to keep working, keep doing, keep going. It seems like men are more able to relax and unwind, no matter how many dishes are […]

Bakery Classics: Eclairs

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  Today I set out to cross off a baked treat that has been on my list for quite some time. Then, while working out of the giant behemoth that is Baking Illustrated I got sucked into several other recipes that I have got to try. Baking Illustraited is amazing, not just for its tried and tested quality recipes, but for the spark that ignites inside of you every time you dust of the cover and let yourself sink into a field of cream filled, dipped, and glazed dreams. Todays eclairs reminded me of what Pass the Sushi is supposed […]

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Cookies and a Silpat Giveaway

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It’s a cookie and giveaway kind of day. Simple as that. The kind folks over at BigKitchen asked me if I would like to review a product and host a giveaway. Yes! And then they said I could pick. I was like a kid in a candy store, but an older kid, that has had almost every flavor of Jelly Belly’s who wasn’t going to stuff just any thing in their mouth for the sake of having it. I meandered over the wide variety of items at BigKitchen and finally sent a few options to Malerie and asked her to surprise me. I […]

Andes Creme de Menthe Chunk Cookies

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Clearly my attention span rivals that of my cat because there was much more to yesterdays post that I completely forgot about until later in the day… Yesterday, I joked about celebrating my 200th decline over at Foodgawker, but really I was just poking fun. I have long since gotten over the sting of yet another decline or the joy of accepts on the food p*rn sites. It used to excite me when I opened my email to a fresh accept, in anticipation for the boost in hits for the day, but I have noticed a pattern that happens to the best […]

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins & Races

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We have had a really busy weekend and a lot of things I want to talk about with you that are really important to a food blogger, but *almost* everything got bumped to brag about more mountain biking. This Sunday, in a rather spontaneous choice, Handsome decided to race for the first time. The course is at a place we have ridden before, and minus some ‘race course’ alterations, he was pretty familiar with the terrain. He rode the track a few nights before the official race and was ok with his time, 55 minutes, but figured he could easily drop off […]

Salted Peanut Butter Cookies with Nutella

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Let’s talk Pinterest. I know I am late to the game with this post, but I am running on empty and Pinterest is an easy topic. Before I was addicted to it, pinning delicious meals and treats that peeked my eye, but recently I discovered all the other wonderful uses of Pinterest. Like getting dressed. Pinterest makes this handicapable girl get dressed in moments by showing me color organized outfits. Now I don’t have to walk into my comic shop filled with guys and ask if I look like a tool. Clearly if someone planned it, wore it and pinned […]

Matcha and Chocolate Marble Cake & Lashgasim Mascara

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Today is brought to you by the color green, the letter O, and some mascara, but mostly the color green. (That will teach me for photographing green bread on green with green. Duh much). Today I am bringing you some Lashgasim mascara. Two Faced is one of the only brands I know as far as the fancy make up goes. Fancy being anything you can’t buy one get one 50% off at the local drug store. I love Two Face’s make up primer and ration a tiny bit here and there as if it is the last make up primer […]

Kitchen Sink Cookies

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I wish I had some divine words of epiphany for you today. I don’t. I’m still recovering from my weekend, haven’t sat down for more than five minutes, am writing this far later than I would like to admit and have a mountain of laundry to move before I can begin to find my pj’s or pillow. Handsome and I over booked ourselves all weekend long and even into tonight, had company over, without realized that he starts school again tomorrow. So much for cuddle time. But hey, cookies!     I know its bad to not bring your A game to […]

Straight Baguette {The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking Review & Giveaway}

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We haven’t had a good old fashioned book review on the site since summer and when Abrams publishing asked me if I would like to check out a book on bread baking I jumped at it. Bread baking is one of those skills I revere as essential to any well balanced chef. Bread is one of our most basic of foods for thousands of years and it seems to be it should be something we all strive to become good at. It’s also one of the most intimidating of things to me. For some reason, the idea of yeast, rising, kneading, […]

Caramel Apple Cake

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I went and did it. I’ve broken every one of my seasonal rules that keep me from getting to far ahead of myself (or like I will be in early to mid November) too excited about the upcoming season and events. I have rules about not changing the candles in the house from sunshine and buttercups to pumpkins and leaves. Rules about not wearing boots and making sure to get every moment of flip flop wearing weather in. Rules about not decorating, not fantasizing, certainly not shopping, and not cooking out of season. But I went and did it. The […]

Red Velvet Brownies

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Red Velvet cake has got to be my number one guilty pleasure. Not sure what it is, but it’s the one dessert I will no pass up – even if that means sacrificing the main course just to make sure there’s room. I know its chocolate cake with food coloring (lots and lots of food coloring) but something magic takes place when the red dye is added and the cake is baked to perfection. I’m 99% sure that something may have a lot to do with red velvets traditional frosting or that magical cream cheese frosting that no one is […]

Celebrate Father’s Day: Boston Cream Pie

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I’m my fathers daughter. Sure I’m not as tan as him, my eyes aren’t blue, and we joke around that I’m not his – but there’s no denying it, I’m his. 100%. And I wouldn’t change that for the world. My daddy is the worlds best daddy. He is Santa, the Easter Bunny, the tooth fairy, and a man is big enough to be a father every day of his life. We had our rough spots but it’s all come out in the wash and now I can’t even remember why we used to fight  (I was a teenager once….). […]

Lemon Bars

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I figured I owed us a little dessert to make up for all the savory features this week. Lemon is one of those things that up until I was writing a food blog, I could live without. I’d never spritzed any on my fish, enjoyed a lemon based sauce, and the thought of a lemon dessert made me stick up my nose in protest like a small child. And then it happened… There was a Ina’s Cheese Danishes with just a hint of lemon zest (which at the time I didn’t enjoy that much), a lemon pie, the infamous Baked […]

Vanilla Cupcakes and an add on bonus

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It’s hard to top up the awesomeness of yesterdays post (and the glory of my KitchenAid mixer) but I was flipping through my things and couldn’t believe I forgot to share this with you guys. I love shopping online. It’s easier and I can actually find what I’m looking for without wasting gas, plus most of the time there are better discounts if you check for the coupon codes. What makes it super fun is that sometimes there are surprises included. Sourpuss Clothing always sends something spiffy, whether its cool stickers or a neat set of coasters. How cool is […]

Weekend Rodeo Round-up and Ina Garten’s Cheese Danish

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I wore a white shirt today. I should have known better…   To sum up my weekend – I didn’t fall off a horse, the BF”s dog LOVES fireworks, and there was no blood shed or tears. Skim down to the recipe if you don’t feel like reading the elongated version of the note posted above.   This weekend my family went horseback riding. It was actually a lot of fun and the first family activity that wasn’t a BBQ that I can remember. I had only been on a horse once before as a small child at day camp […]