Bobby Flay’s Crunchburger for Pass the Cook Book Club

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Vary rarely do I make a recipe exactly as it states. I don’t ever measure (unless I’m baking), I just toss things in, add things, omit things, and pretty much wing it after the title and initial concept are established. I also grind my own meat, 99% of the time. And damned if I have not whipped up some amazing burgers. The one single solitary time that I grab some ground beef from the market in a rush and follow a recipe to a T, don’t you know what happens. Handsome takes one bite and exclaims that it’s the best […]

Grilled Venison Kabobs with Romaine

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Any more a day can’t go by without one social media network changing things for the better. Every time I think I have one figured out, poof. Facebook makes it harder to see ‘pages’ feeds, google wen’t all time line on me, pinterest changed something (though, I can’t remember what, so it really must not have been that important) and twitter gave us three more characters. Well, #%!… I’m pretty sure our phones can flirt with people on Christian Farmer Mingle without us knowing it and my personal photos can be viewed by all on Picasa. If you are still […]

Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Burritos

Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Burritos

Can you believe there are only a few weeks of winter left? And that means only a few more weeks of low and slow Mondays. I may cry. My slow cooker and I have had some major bonding moments and I am scrambling to narrow down the dozens of recipes I still want to test out to only 4 more. That or I may just continue slow cooker Monday’s through the spring. One recipe I knew I had to make was this beef filling. First, Mexican food is one of my go-to’s. Second… no really, I just live Mexican. Handsome […]

Slow Cooker Garlic Braised Brisket

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  Maybe it’s because it’s January, maybe it’s just something in the air but I am living that ‘power of doing’ slogan you hear all over the Home Depot commercials. From wanting a large chunk of back fence to trap the neighbors rotating crew of dogs from entering my yard and to help separate me from the entire eye rolling ghetto fabulous conversations that take place in the yard to our left when the weather gets a little warmer, to rearranging the living room, and hanging one of those curved shower curtains. I’m digging all that’s getting done recently in the house. Now, can […]

Beef Pho Unfiltered

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It’s been cold and wet and something about that has things weighing down on me. There is a lot on my plate and it gets you thinking. Sometimes you just can’t help it. My mamma was the type of woman who could pack a car in less than an hour and hit the road without looking back. I guess there’s part of me that admires that. Wonders what it would be like to let things go and drive off into the sunset. Sometimes I look around at things, working all day, every day, and sitting here alone at night and Handsome works late again, […]

Slow Cooker Beef and Noodle Soup with Artichoke Cheesy Bread

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As I type this the hype of Sandy has almost peeked in my area and people are tucking themselves in to their homes to see what this beast has in store for us. At this point I have been warned about high winds, possible snow, and severe power outages. I hope you are reading this in a warm cozy house with power and that Sandy has left you unharmed. Our strategy included digging out the Pop-Tarts from last years hurricane Irene and pulling the umbrella and chairs off of the porch. I probably should have stocked up on toilet paper and ice […]

Quick Dinner Fixins’ Cheeseburger Quesadillas

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Remember when you were a kid and summer lasted forever. You could spend all day every day laying in the sun, running around in the grass and the worry of returning to busy school days never even bothered you. Now that I’m an adult and don’t get summers off, it seems to fly by. Food bloggers everywhere are bursting with fall flavors, hearty soups, and comforting meals getting ready for cold weather to sink in. And I am just as guilty as the rest, prepping some new posts and recipes for the site and some other add on holiday bonuses […]

Texas Shredded Barbecued Beef

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If you were anywhere near my neck of the woods (literally) on Saturday evening you would have heard a very disgruntled female on a mountain bike shouting at the trees in frustration, “Why can’t I make left turns?” That’s right, almost a year of pedaling my ass off every night and those tight turns still get me. I had cracked my knee pretty good and missed two turns twice on our ‘casual ride’ to stretch our legs before race day. Our race day. On a hot and muggy Sunday, I decided to ride my first race our at the Fair Hill Classic hosted […]

Smoked Brisket Burgers

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Things are starting to heat up around here, and as much as I would like to hold out until the first official day of summer, I think we will be kicking off my weekly grilling series a full month early. I never realized how solar powered I was until this year. It seems the moment the sunrise peeks across the sky and the birds start to sing, I can’t bring myself to sleep any longer. I am waking up earlier, working later, and have more energy then the cold dark winter months. Is it possibly to be dreading autumn already? […]

Fajita Stew

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Did any of you tune in for the new show on Discovery channel, Doomsday Preppers about the people who live their lives prepping for world destruction and the business that capitalizes on their fears by selling them ‘bunkers’? Cuz I did. Wow. Our world is pretty screwed up at the moment, there is a lot going on all over the place. There are countless things to be afraid of, and that’s what this show is about. Not one type of fear, but all – from war to electromagnetic pulses from the sun that will send all of our satellites pluming into our atmosphere. I’m […]

Corned Beef and Cabbage

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I thought for sure that I would be able to use the last week to catch up on some reading. For those who may not be regulars here, I had my wisdom teeth pulled, and was kind of looking forward to a few days ‘vacation’ from normal duties. But now I feel like I owe everyone a huge apology. A blogging friend of mine asked how I manage my time the other day. Between cooking and getting the posts up (not to mention the dishes) food blogging can take up a large chunk of time. She asked how I returned […]

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 […]

Burgundy Beef

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How many of you tuned in for the Oscars? Did you throw big parties or just sit back with classy treats and enjoy Hollywood’s tribute to the movies this year? I’m not one to watch awards shows. I don’t watch enough TV or many new movies so they are rather lost on me. But I can’t help but get caught up in the roar of twitter, internet and old fashioned gossip about outfits, who’s with who, and general celebrity what nots. Whether or not you like her, I’m an Angelina Jolie fan. I don’t care who picked who as far […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ranch Burgers

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The weather seems to have finally broken from unforgiving levels of humidity and turned cool to match my over excited Fall mood. This weekend happened to be one of the best we have had in a long time and we wanted to make the most of it. I’ve got some wicked new mountain biking bruises to prove it. With the turn towards hoodies and boots, this may be the last burger I post for the season – and that’s ok, because it’s going to be hard to top perfection. Ha! Ok, it’s good – but there are far too many […]

Rosemary Ribeye Steaks with Grilled Bread Salad

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Have you guys seen that new TV show, New Girl? It stars Zooey Deschanel who is a recently dumped girl trying to break free from her model friends and start fresh (though, it seems like they are still friends, she just didn’t want to live with her anymore). I watched the first episode the other night and actually found myself laughing out load. Sadly, because if you ever wanted to know what I am really like in my own kitchen, Zooey’s character Jess is probably about as close as you will ever get to an on screen interpretation. Where I would […]

Celebrating Oktoberfest with Sauerbraten & Spetzle

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Oktoberfest is this weekend and along with German’s, brats, and beer I wanted to have a little something something over here at Pass the Sushi. So, I grabbed my heavy beer stein took my blend of NyQuil and Sudafed and with no knowledge of anything remotely German food-wise, made a giant mess in the kitchen. The spetzle was a challenge, as the directions called for a batter like dough, with an ingredient list that simple didn’t produce something of that constancy. I added more water to account for the thickness and even then, still had problems getting the dough through […]

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 […]

Grill-Roasted Beef

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When I think of roast beef, I think of low and slow cooking in a roasting ban filled with veggies and a crisp fall afternoon. I certainly don’t think open flame, charcoals and barbecue. Until today. A classic roast beef is hard to top in the comforting down home category, but I may never go back.   Stay tuned because later this week I show you a great recipe to use up any leftovers. 

Pesto Burgers

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  You all know I love me some burgers. I mean love. It’s  a little awkward sometimes as I choose to ignore the man across from me at the table and rather stare longingly at the juicy grilled delight in front of me. Sorry boys, but you  don’t stand a chance. Fortunately for me, I have a man who doesn’t question my bizarre love of foods. When I saw these burgers over at Hot Polka Dot(seriously, how cute is that blog!) I was so excited. I’ve also had an unnatural addiction to basil this summer (perhaps its from the three […]

Summer Grilling: Smoky Cola Jerky

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Enchiladas, bacon in brownies and now ‘jerky’ – yeah, my inner carnivore was at its finest when planning the posts this week. I promise I’ll make it up to all of those sweet tooth people tomorrow with something just as ridiculous. Now! On to the meat. This weeks Summer Grilling item was actually supposed to be saved for next week, which I am calling #manfoodweek as we prepare for Father’s day, but that would have been a lie because I was making this one for a woman. My step mom loves Wild Bills beef jerky and the moment I saw […]

Shredded Beef Sliders with Carrot Apple Slaw

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We have a winner! Fooddreamer has won a copy of Baked Explorations from last weeks giveaway! Congratulations and enjoy! The Baked books are amazing. I totally just lost my train of taught because of House. Normally, I am not one to watch TV but I’ve taken to having it on in the background on the nights that Handsome is in school. The problem is I have gotten so used to not watching shows that I really have no idea whats going on or what’s even on. House is easy because someone gets sick, 45 minutes of drama, House cures them. […]

Guilty Indulgence — Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

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I have a few vegetarian friends, a few friends that can’t eat carbohydrates and several diabetic friends – all who I hope occasionally read this site – and I have never felt guilty about posting a recipe until now.   This artery clogging gluttonous guilty pleasure of a meatloaf is insane. Meat and pork wrapped in bacon (the gift from the gods)? Oh, there’s not a single healthy thing I can think to say about this. The measly one carrot, celery stalk, half and onion – they don’t even count as vegetable here. They just add to volume of meatiness. […]

Spicy Sausage Meatloaf Burgers

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Oh, you wanted something healthy? Well, I’m pretty sure this isn’t it. This is down home comfort food. I was trying to hold off until fall to make this but the taste buds were calling.   Spicy Sausage Meatloaf Burger adapted from foodnetwork.com Ingredients   2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus some for drizzling 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped 1 large onion, chopped and divided Salt and pepper, for seasoning 1 pound ground beef 1 pound bulk hot sausage 1 pound ground sweet sausage 1 egg 3/4 cup bread crumbs, 3 generous handfuls, Italian or plain 1/2 cup grated […]

Getting used to late night cooking

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My two new recipes for this week come early in the week, and thank goodness for it. By Tuesday our normal schedule was thrown into a new routine that will need some getting used to. My boyfriend went to the local college to sign up for classes and as it turns out, they started that day too. Now two nights a week he wont be getting home until 10pm. They also happen to be the two nights I don’t close my store, so two other nights a week I don’t get home til 8. So really, I’m going to just […]