Peanut Butter Cheesecake

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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 […]

Caramel Hazelnut Brownies

Caramel Hazelnut Brownies from PasstheSushi.com

Life has been flashing by like pumpkin memes on Pinterest for me. I’ve been racing, riding, slinging comic books, and designing websites like mad. Plus I have this crazy idea to do something other than snap photos of cupcakes with that not-so- fancy camera of mine. What that means for you is that I’ve unleashed three new sites in the last week and have three more on the chopping block! Chef Dennis is one of the most friendly and helpful bloggers out there. He is all about community and helping others grow. I have known him online and in person […]

S’mores Layer Cake for Pass the Cook Book Club with Smitten Kitchen!

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Yep, this post is late today. You know why? Pinterest. I’m not denying it. There are like 47 tabs open on my screen right now. 7 of which are just kittens being adorable. Thank God for the internet…. It’s another monthly installment of the Pass the Cook Book Club! Oh snap. This time we are cooking from the lovely Smitten Kitchen cook book from food blogger extraordinaire Deb Perelman. Can we say OG food blog much? Simple, clean, and beautiful. Much like her quality recipes and simple counter top presentation. What’s not to love about that. This month we could […]

Chocolate S’mores Parfait

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4th of July rocked, even though the fire works were cancelled and the locals decided to make their own. Sending my dog into fits… We had a happy and safe forth doing the things we love, riding and cooking. We got to relax and enjoy ourselves and have our first real ‘day off’ in forever. Even on normal days off, there’s always a web client and a side project that needs to get done for Handsome. But today, we really took the day off. Now if only I had remembered a little sun screen. Onto something to sink your summer […]

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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It’s Monday – and the first day of summer! And that should mean a new weekly theme for the next 12 weeks on PtS… But, it doesn’t. Part of me wants to promise epic sandwiches for the theme, but I know that that’s happening over at Girl Carnivore, and part of me was thinking frozen treats, but I would need to invest in more cook books and I’m feeling cheap, and part of me was thinking Monday noshings, as I tend to bring treats to the Monday night group ride but I didn’t have any to share with you today. […]

No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

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Last year while on a group ride that was a little too slow for even me, a rider looked over and told me some day I would have to get a ‘real bike’ if I wanted to be taken seriously. Wow… really? First, I think anything you have to pedal yourself is a real bike. I mean, lets be real, the bike will never make the ride – it will always come down to how well the rider can handle the bike. And on that note, I am still a novice. But, I finally got a ‘real bike’. Actually, I […]

Chocolate Marble Loaf Cake

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We’re baby sitting Goulda, my 140 pound rotty, again. She has progressed amazingly from the scared abused animal she was the first time she came over, who couldn’t walk up the stairs and into our house. She hid behind me and away from any males, dropped to the ground submissively with any noise, and was in general a pretty big hot mess. It’s awesome to see her bolt up the stairs and into our house now with her large brick of a head barreling through anything or one in her way. Ah progress. She has previously gotten ill, which I am counting as a […]

Tres Leches Cake

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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! […]

Nutter Butter Banana Pudding – in Jars!

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Motto of the week “Instagram that shit!” Which would have probably been more awesome if I had a cell phone signal for like 5 minutes while tucked away in the mountains of Virginia and her half-sister to the west. A 4 day weekend with no map or plan in which I learn that even though the memories are about the trip and not the destination, sometimes a little preparedness goes a long way. We kicked off the day one by heading up to Hagerstown to pre-ride an upcoming race course and visit some friends. The course was BORING – straight up a hill and […]

Irish Dream Cheesecake

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First order of business: Did you check out my shiny new blog all about the love and joy of all things carnivorous and rolled in bacon? Please go check out Girl Carnivore, my new baby and like the page on facebook as well for more slaphappy Kita randomness. I just referred to myself in the third person… awkward. But seriously, Girl Carnivore is going to be my new home for a much more defined and structured blog where I explore the world of grilling, butchering, smoking, grinding and creating great food that sticks to the key theme – meat. Get it.. carnivore… But what about […]

Mini Cannoli Bites

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Have you heard of this new thing called ‘catfishing‘? Apparently, people are making up personalities and using them to have fake relationships with people online. Pretend to have a shocked face. Seriously people, this is the internet. But I do think it’s all rather sad. The internet is such a huge part of our lives today, and I have made so many friends in this food blogging world – I would hate to find out that someone wasn’t who they said they were, but was rather some hairy man in his grandmothers basement surrounded by boxes of tissues and howling […]

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 […]

Peanut Butter Truffle Tart

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Please tell me there are some readers out there who are just as excited for the 2012 Summer Olympics as I am? Normally, I am not one to watch sports on TV. Something about the TV just makes it impossible for me to get into it. If I’m there, in person, then I can get into some sports. But something about the Olympics brings out the fanatical sports fan in me. It’s not that I know enough to root for a person or team but to see the struggle and effort from every athlete I find absolutely inspiring. I got all wrapped up in […]

Cranberry M&M Blondies

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It’s amazing how one piece of furniture can inspire a whole lot of change. I have been living in the same house for almost four years and yet it has never been a home. The word home is weird to me. As I don’t pay for the roof over my head, I don’t treat it with the same sense of creativity. Slowly but surely my style is creeping out and I am settling in to this place, making it more then just walls, and learning to like it. The other night we added some decals to our bedroom walls. I know, it’s […]

Cannoli Cones

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Cannoli’s are one of those dessert that draws a line in the sand and plants people firmly on one side or the other of the love it hate it boundary. Personally, dry, often stale pastry shells dusted with too much confectioners’ sugar just doesn’t do it for me. But the filling, that’s what makes it for me. I would always scoop out the middle leaving the ring behind and leave behind the crust (yeah, I’m going to offend some serious cannoli lovers with this, but I’m calling it a crust). I know some people who shrivel their nose at the […]

Mississippi Mud Brownies

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This is the kind of brownie I would pick out from the dessert table a mile away. The dense, gooey, thick kind of brownie that goes best paired with an ice cold glass of milk. If there is one thing I am a sucker for every time, it’s a great brownie. These ‘Mississippi Mud Brownies’ are the perfect kind of treat for social gatherings, block parties, or organized beauty pageants. Ok, that last thought may have come from a dangerous combination of Benadryl and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. (Danger, danger). So with that in mind, we’re cutting things short.   […]

Key Lime Pie for Two

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Everything’s cuter in mini form right? Coopers, dogs, hobbits – all irresistible. Skirts are the only mini that come to mind that need a little more personal censorship… And we all know what happens when you shrink desserts down to a mini size. We go gaga over them. Mini muffins, doughnuts, tarts, and more call us to them with an un-natural amount of gravity for their pint sized portions. Mini ice cream container? Oh, yeah, I’ll finish you. Tiny cookie, I’ll take two. So when I saw a min key lime pie… well, I’m guessing you figured it out. This Key Lime Pie […]

Quick Sopaipillas with Chocolate Sauce & Mexican Recipe Round Up

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Weekends are for this… And because I’m awesome, some of this… This weekend in particular should be filled with savory Mexican dishes Gringo Enchiladas Sangria Pops Steak Fajitas with Chimichurri and Drunken Peppers Chile Colorado Conchinita Pibil Mini Churros  Pork Tinga Refried Beans, Guacamole, Carnitas and more!   And of course, Free Comics! Please click here to find out more about Free Comic Book Day events in your area. Comics are a great way to get kids to read and most stores try to make it a family friendly event. We go hog wild, so if you are in the area, or […]

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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Confession time: I have a problem with books. Like, I have about 4 dozen too many. Books I will never use, books I had to have, books that were simply too cheap to not earn a place in a box in my father’s attic never to be seen again on my  book shelf. So, even though I am seeing other bloggers cook their way through cook books I want, am reading intersting reviews on cook books I really want to try, and am adding all sorts of new books to the ever growing wish list I am not allowing myself one […]

Meyer Lemon Pudding Pie

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Sometimes you just need a few minutes, moments of inspiration to try to gather your thoughts and come up with a good menu plan for the upcoming holiday dinner. There is so much anticipation for classic family favorites that you only get to indulge in once a year, and then there is the opportunity for new traditions to be brought to the table. For a food blogger, I’m sure you can imagine the ridiculous amount of pressure. Lucky for me, I forgot Easter was this weekend and decided to wing it. A quick phone call between my step mom and I and we pretty much […]

Simple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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It probably goes to show just how disabled I am when it comes to make-up by how long it is taking me to post reviews of one sample box. Seriously, I started this in December and there are only like 10 mascara’s in the box… If I ever get to the last one, it will probably be dried up, sad, and neglected. Make Up Forver Smokey Lash: the bushy applicator that reminds me of a small caterpillar applies volume, length and great curl. All upsides to me with my little knowledge of competing products (after all that’s why I’m risking […]

Thin Mint Trifles

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There is something so awesome about Girl Scout cookies. From childhood memories of selling them myself (though,  I never made it past Brownie) to a secret love for the little buggers, they are awesome. So, when I saw something like 20 boxes in my father’s pantry, I first worried that he was stocking up for doomsday, then ‘borrowed’ a few boxes for creation. We’ve been enjoying sweet desserts with the classic Girl Scout cookies hidden in here and there for weeks. I saw these beautiful Tagalong Peanut Butter Parfaits last year on My Kitchen Addiction and fell in love with the […]

Butterscotch Krimpet Bread Pudding

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I often wonder how I portray myself on this old blog of mind. People tell me they like my writing style and I sit and try to figure out what that means. Simply, I just try to be myself. No, there are some stories you are never going to get. Mainly because without a martini or two, they simply aren’t as interesting. Get me tipsy and I’ll tell you anything. I am not a mom blogger, diet, health, family friendly, or any sort of specialized blogger that would work to get me in a nitch with people. Sometimes I wonder if I […]

Sticky Toffee Pudding

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There’s something you don’t realize until you are well into your adult years – you look around and see that the friends you know all have children, are moving far away or just evolving in a direction that is not as connected to you any more. Sure you can catch up from time to time, hang out on occasion and meet up for meals, but its not like when you were younger where you played with the same group of friends every day. It’s also harder to meet people, between work and life where do you meet new friends if […]

Skillet Brownies

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If you were to have the impression that I cook a lot, you would be right. And through all most of my experiments, recipes, failures, and success, Handsome sits and eats without saying a word. I ask if it was good, and he  may nod, or say yes, but there is rarely any excitement in his voice. After a while, you just come to terms with it. He wouldn’t care if I fed him macaroni and cheese for weeks on end, he would nod and say it was good (which may be something I considered for a while just to see […]

Cinnamon Chai Cream Pie

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It’s too early to utter the word holiday, to think about stocking stuffers, or heaven forbid, hum White Christmas in public (or on the internet) for fear of someone wiping out their make shift voodoo doll and lighting you on fire. There’s something about the thought of “the holidays” before Black Friday that just sets some people off. I can’t blame them, seeing red and green decked aisles in August really puts a sour taste in my mouth. But, personally, I start thinking about the holidays as early as mid July. It’s not that I want to skip down the aisles of […]

Citrus-Wine Poached Pears

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Wait, did Victoria Secret just call me a slut? If you were driving and saw a license plate that read ” <3 SLT “, what would you think? Well, I for one, would giggle while dangerously trying to snap a picture to text to my friends. Now, imagine discovering that same text on your new bra, spelled out in rhinestones. First of all, if I had noticed the rhinestones before then, I wouldn’t have made the purchase, secondly, WTF. There it is, on the side of my bra, <3 SLT. I even flipped it over to see if I was reading something […]