Slow Cooker Tarragon Chicken

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Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. The big boxy, low priced, convenient, and oh so guilt inducing Walmart…. There is a big giant super Walmart a few minutes from my front door and I hate it. I fell into the Walmart trap and found myself going there often for things. The produce was decent and so inexpensive. The dry goods and canned foods were unbeatable. The cream cheese was priced to make me do a happy dance in public. But, I have never been one to like shopping at a Walmart. Something about it just made me feel guilty. […]

Italian Wedding Soup

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This post is probably bordering on TMI, but since I lack filters, I just suggest the men look below to the tasty tid bits. Am I the only woman on the planet with an irrational fear of pregnancy? I treat it like catching the plague, every time a friend announces shes pregnant I buy a stash of sticks and pee on them like crazy hoping that it wasn’t somehow contagious, locking myself in a convent and rocking back and forth for a few hours. All of that is after I congratulate the new soon to be mother. I’m not heartless after all. This […]

Tequila Chicken Sandwiches

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Tequila chicken sandwich. What about a name like that doesn’t make you want to shove a small child out of the way for a serving? Besides, it has tequila in it, a kid should clearly not be in that line. Gotta look out for the little guys, right? And if we are talking football food, which we have been, all week long (really, there’s a theme going and everything), this is got it going on. Sweet and spicy peppers peppers, onions, quick pulled rotisserie chicken, melted gooey cheese, and liquor all on a soft bun. Grab a napkin, wrap it […]

Chicken, Brie, & Bacon Turnovers

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It isn’t great to admit this for business, but today was just what I needed. A slow day at the shop, but back to the routine and swing of things. Hopefully the normalcy will get me motivated for some tasty posting too! Now if only I could catch up on a little blog loving, things would feel like normal. I had on the Food Network in the background at the shop today because I’m a masochist (really it’s because I can just drown it out), and over heard Rachael Ray talking about how important dinner was to her. How she […]

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 […]

Skillet Rosemary Chicken

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There’s something appealing about a one dish meal (to be fair this one needs a pot of boiling water for the potatoes too…). Something magical about a skillet that can get tossed into the oven. And something quite spiffy about delicious hearty dinners at this time of year. Well, being honest, I don’t think there’s a time of year when I wouldn’t skip breakfast or lunch for a good dinner. When all of the above combine, we can take a bite of rosemary scented heaven and relax after a long day. This is the kind of dinner that could satisfy […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thai Turkey Burgers with Broccoli Slaw

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The other day I stumbled across this post from Chow about Backseat Grillers. It talks about those people that can’t help but be a little to involved with your grill at a barbecue. Those people that jump in and flip burgers, change temps and try to run the show for you. They are just trying to be helpful, but we all know how much this can grate on your nerves. It also talks about how hard it can be as a female at the grill to avoid these people. I talked last week about how in our household, I am […]

Blackened Chicken Wraps

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As much as I love sharing everything I cook with my readers, somethings are just meant to be family secrets. My step-moms barbecue sauce for one, a family tradition stored on a stained index card passed down to her. My dads deep dish apple pie, adapted from a newspaper clipping turned yellow with age and finessed with his years of experimentation. My super simple cheese dip that I get constant compliments on at parties and gatherings – some things I just can’t bring myself to share. Just like the perfect blackening seasoning we use for our blackened chicken. Yeah, that […]

Barbecue Chicken Burgers – Going Back for Seconds

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With all the new recipes I post on PtS, it rarely leaves time for any repeat meals. Sure we have our favorites (Mr. Ortega, will you please marry me so I may inherit your wonderful taco empire?) but it’s pretty much a new surprise every time I call out that dinners ready. “What do you mean you don’t know what were having? Have you tasted it?” “No” “Then how do you know if it’s good?” “It just is.” “But how do you knnoooooow?” This is not a dramatization, wish I could say it was, but it ain’t.  It’s a normal […]

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 […]

Kelapo Coconut Oil Giveaway and Tropical Kabobs

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I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but we’ve been stuck in a heat wave of the tropical sort for one too many days in a row. The weather finally broke and we are back in the comfortable range, but I’ve come to the conclusion that no matter what the weather, someone is going to be complaining about it. Inspired by the heat (or maybe suffering from a minor unexpected heat stroke) and a bottle of coconut oil the kind people at Kelapo sent me, I set out to create an island inspired supper. Knowing nothing of the […]

Making time for dinner: Baked Chicken Nuggets

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Enter to Win a 170z bottle of Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil through May 22nd. You know what I don’t get? Not having time for dinner. What has changed so much that people now don’t have the time for dinner? Make time. My family always had dinner together, it may have been Shake-n-bake with frozen Green Giant veggies, but it was time spent as a family at the supper table. I may not be at home with my father making me eat what’s put in front of me, but I still serve dinner at the dinner table almost every […]

Get your flame on, Asian Burgers

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Remember to enter to win 6 pints of Graeter’s Ice Cream through May 8th! Can you smell that? It’s the smell of hot coals and an open flame, the low heat of a smoker slowly infusing its flavor into a thick piece of meat, the joy of a hot dog and it’s plethora of toppings. That’s right. It’s time to fire up those grills. I may not have a brick oven tucked into my gardens, but my little back yard has its fair share of outdoor cooking equipment and oh, the bonding we are going to do this summer. There […]

Lettuce Wraps so we can squeeze back into those jeans again.

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After last weeks sugar explosion here at Pass the Sushi and my smorgasbord of ham and mac and cheese yesterday,  I felt like I owe it to my self (and my cholesterol level) to try to make something healthy. Shock and awe from anyone who knows me, I know. But really, we were a little on the wild and crazy side so now its time to make nice with those new pair of jeans just in time for warmer weather (cuz Lord knows that bikini is out of the question). I saw these lettuce wraps on the Novice Chef blog […]

Chickadee Icebox Cookies

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Look at me and my springy self. Every now and then I get the urge to be girly. Really girly. I fancy myself in cute dresses, ribbons and bows. The reality of it is, I’m just a jeans and a t-shirt kind of girl no matter what I may want. However, I can be cute in the kitchen. I first saw this idea for shaped icebox cookies on Foodgawker and though it was an awesome idea. I knew I wanted to try it, but like all things it was going to take practice. The cookies on Diamonds for Desserts are […]

Getting Out to Grill: Simple Mesquite Smoked Chicken

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What better to follow a post about eggs, but a chicken? A few weeks back Mother Nature teased us with a run of amazing weather. Beautifully sunny days topping in the mid 70’s, which for my neck of the woods is a gift that I don’t take without thanks. However, it has a down side – now I want to be outside all of the time and the feeling just hasn’t been mutual between the good old misses and I. I’m ready for grills, charcoal, propane, wood chips, fire pits, hanging outside with good company and a cold drink. Is […]

Kiss the Cook for Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc Fried Chicken

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I just saw a Stouffer’s commercial for their skillet meals for two. Now, as much as I love to cook, my weeknight meals never inspire flowers, music, or wine. The commercial makes me feel like I should stop cooking so damned much so that maybe when I do cook some awesomeness (or in the commercials case a decent prepackaged skillet meal) would get a romantic reaction of some sort. Who am I kidding…. Romance isn’t necessarily something Handsome specializes in. Yes, I know the above paragraph makes me sound like a brat, but who doesn’t want a random flower, a […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Curry Chicken Salad, oh, and I’m the devil

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Today is all about building bridges. And getting over them. I’m not sure how to start today’s story so I apologize for any lacking continuity ahead of time. About a year ago I received a Facebook message from someone using the pseudonym of a comic book character (clever right, yeah, I know…). It turned out to be an ex-boyfriend seeking out forgiveness for his behavior. This next statement is going to sound harsh, but I really didn’t feel anything. No flaming anger, no relief, no gratefulness that he was suddenly aware of his previous behavior. Nothing. Heck,  I didn’t even […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

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Let’s just say my boyfriend and I aren’t conventional. I’m not exactly all about sharing everything that we are going through all of the time on the blog. My blog my tone. But from time to time, I just have to say, my man hits the nail right on the head. For Valentine’s day I was informed I was getting a gift that most people would consider horrible. Oh yeah, that made me panic. It also filled me with excitement as I considered the things that I may be getting (won’t lie, I love me some present opening – we’ll […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich

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If you’re anything like me there is a mountain of turkey, mashed potatoes and other heavy (delicious) foods headed your way on Thursday – so I’m doing everything I can to keep it simple in the kitchen before hand. Well, this isn’t as far away from poultry or kinda heavy as I have mandated for the rest of the week, but it was pretty tasty and fit the simple requirement. Here;s a shocker for you, I have never ‘fried’ chicken before. Why not?! I have always thought it to be way to unhealthy, soggy, and time consuming (not to mention […]

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 […]

Quick Dinner Fixins

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With all the tasty baked goods on Pass the Sushi it’s hard to give the day to day dinners any of the limelight but I feel really strongly on solid family dinners and almost every night I try to have something on the table.   I grew up with family dinner – every night. It was nothing fancy (most nights just Shake and Bake) but it was a meat, starch and vegetable – the basics for any solid meal. I’m grateful for those dinners and not nights eating in front of the television. Now a days, not every meal I […]