Lemon Cheesecake Coffee Cake

Lemon Cheesecake Coffee Cake from PasstheSushi.com

For the first time last weekend, I got to look up at a dark sky and see the stars. I mean, see the stars. I could see the milky way, thousands of countless speckles in the sky, and was in awe. It was dark and there was no one around. And everything seemed perfect. During our trip home, as the sun set I found myself looking up over and over again watching just how quickly the stars fade because of the lights around us and how few we could see as we drove. It made me want to see more. That’s […]

Triple Layer Chocolate Mousse Pie

Simple Tart Dough

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 […]

Tart Cranberry-Cherry Pie


If one things scares me in the kitchen, it’s dough. We only had pie once a year in my house, one pumpkin and one apple.. All homemade by my father that we would dish out on Thanksgiving day to anyone who would eat them, because we didn’t. That is my whole pie experience  All 26 years of it. When I think pie, I think fruit filled, gooey, warm filled crispy golden crust creations. Key word in there being fruit. Fruit is something I am still not down with. Now cake, cupcakes, cookies, brownies… Yeah, I think I have those covered. But pie? […]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites


This weeks edition of Diggin’ It Tuesday has been taken hostage by hurricane Sandy. It’s all I’ve talked about for the last 5 days and all I’ve read about (thank you facebook, nice break from politics). So in honor of some rainy windy weather, enjoy this weeks round up! (Hunter Boots from Pinterest, Jacket from Urban Outfitters, Umbrella from Design Fetish, and duckies from Amazon – only $2.99. Sold!)  Now, since I can’t do anything but sit back and watch it rain, why don’t you join me and munch on a few of these amazing cookie dough bites. Come one, […]

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls


 So yeah, these cinnamon rolls are all over the internet right now, along with anything else pumpkin. I was flipping through my new copy of Baked Elements and trying to figure out what recipes I would test for my review and the entire chapter on pumpkin caught my eye. Fall is here and apples and pumpkin are pretty much on every food blog out there. I’m pretty sure I would have been blacklisted from the food blogging community had I not posted something pumpkin related. When I was making these, I didn’t think I was going to love them. None of the […]

Farm Country Grilled Pizza


Brace yourselves. It’s the last week of grill themed action packed calorie loaded fat kid Mondays here at Pass the Sushi. I know, I cried a little myself. But don’t worry, there’s a weekly online counseling program and an all new theme for Monday taking over that is just as good. Let’s be realistic, nothing is as good as a flame kissed perfectly seasoned burger, but it’s just about as good. Summer Grilling Round Up: Personal Grilled Taco Pizzas  Grilled Miso-Ginger Salmon Tex-Mex Bacon Burgers Braggin’ Rights Smoked Brisket Barbecue Chicken Salad Whiskey Burgers Texas Shredded Beef Ultimate Steakhouse Burgers […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Sloppy Jose Gorditas


There is something magic about those pop and bake refrigerated cans of dough. Pure freakin magic. They come out perfect every time, unless you are one of those people who always burns them (I’ve known a few). They are tall, flaky, and buttery – even before you slather them with more butter or jam. I am not above throwing a can or two in the cart when things are on sale, and, I must confess, I do subscribe to the Pillsbury weekly email. Yes, I am all sorts of classy. Really, they have some appealing quick recipes on there and I think they […]

Tuscaloosa Tollhouse Pie


Things have been really kicking up for us the mountain biking front so I thought my novice mountain biking self should share some thoughts with you. You will fall. You will have cuts, scrapes, and bruises. But, until the day you fall in horse poop, you’re not having a bad day. Stop thinking and peddle through it. Whenever I just push a little harder, I usually make it over the rocks, roots and other impediments. Freeze your extra water bottle. It’s gotten so hot that I cleared my only water in like 15 minutes on one of our last rides. […]

Chocolate Banana Doughnuts


Schools out, the holiday season is over, summer is breaking over the horizon with temperatures peeking into the 80’s and I thought for sure that would mean that I would have some long and lazy days. Wrong. But it’s all in a good way. There are some things keeping me very busy over here in the Pass the Sushi kitchen/office and I can’t wait to share them with you. However, they are preventing me from being an active member of the food blogging community. My comment time has dwindled to barely nothing, and even as I type this for tomorrow the clock […]

Bite-Size Cinnamon Pecan Twirls


While driving home the other night after a few good miles on the bike, Handsome and I were both blinded what we were both certain was a mermaid standing in someones yard. There were sequins and glitter everywhere, so of course it had to be a merfolk and Aquaman was not too far behind. Then as we turned onto our street more garrish dresses and young women trying to walk through yards without sinking their heals in appeared. That reminded me that while beboping around earlier that day a man on the radio said the average cost of prom was […]

Meyer Lemon Pudding Pie


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 […]

Asian Salmon Sliders


As you can tell, I am prepped and ready to do a whole lot of nothing on Easter Sunday. It actually sneaked up on me without me even realizing the big family get together was this weekend. Normally, I love savoring the idea’s of which foods we will be enjoying and dividing up the dishes. This year we had plans to put a new garden in on Sunday… until I realized we already had plans. Last year we celebrated with a week of Easter candy packed awesomeness but as far as this year goes, thank goodness I remembered to post that carrot […]

English Muffins & Urban Decay Mascara Review


Remember this post? The post where I proclaim I spent gobs of hard earned cash on make-up. I don’t blame you if you don’t. It’s been a month and post tend to go stale quick, especially during the holidays. But in that post, I promised I was going to review some make-up on here and since then, I forgot to review anything. If I keep up this pace, we will be through the Sephora sample box in a year or so. I have been using the products though, jotting down notes and trying to figure out which ones I like, […]

Easy Cheese Danish


Sure, once in a great while I may be selfish and cook something I know Handsome won’t touch with a ten foot pole, but sometimes I see a recipe that’s all for him and I rush to the kitchen to make it. He works all day (usually outside on the hottest days or up on a roof in the coldest) and doesn’t always stop to eat anything nutritious so dinners at night aren’t about the blog, they are about feeding him well to make up for the long day. In the morning we both don’t often stop for breakfast but […]

Bakery Fresh Bagels


Ever get a bug up your booty and want to wipe the slate clean? That’s where I am. I want to box everything up in the house, drag it into the front yard – clean top to bottom and only bring back the essentials. Blame it on the women who put my through my teens, but I can’t take a mess, clutter, or a single dish in the kitchen sink at night. Ha, don’t I sound like everything I made fun of during those rough years. The thinking behind it all was that you may never have much, but you […]

Baking Buns: Light Brioche Buns


A key component to any great sandwich is the bun. You need a bun that can hold up the fillings but doesn’t take away from the experience. (oh, insert the bun jokes here.) I’ve been known to throw away a bun if it’s too overpowering for the burger, or just takes away from the experience. Oh and if its too chewy or dry, its out. So, needless to say, with all the burgers off the grill lately, there have been some bun baking in this household – we’re not even going near the oven jokes – that just freaks me […]

Fluffy Cinnamon Bread


Bread recipes are some of my favorite to work with. Not because I eat a lot of bread, but because it teaches us when we roll our sleeves up and get our hands dirty. Bread teaches us patience. Waiting all day for yeast to rise to finally see that golden brown treasure pulled from the oven. It teaches us humility on the days when it just doesn’t work; when the bread doesn’t rise or deflates at the last second. It teaches us to keep practicing when that pizza dough doesn’t taste exactly like your grandmother’s classic recipe. But most of […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Bubble Up Pizza


New to Pass the Sushi? Don’t miss a moment of randomness! Follow on Facebook and Twitter. When you love to cook, it’s hard to remember that not every dish needs to be elegant, time consuming and complicated. Sometimes it’s about coming back to the basics – which is something I am guilty of. I like to put a nice meal on the table every night, so spending a few hours in the kitchen isn’t even something I blink at – but not everyone enjoys cooking the way I do (why you’d be reading a food blog and not enjoy cooking […]

Comforting Pita Rolls for When Life is Crazy


Have I mentioned I welcome crazy into my life? I could go into a list of reasons why this is oh so very true, but instead I’ll just tell you what’s happening this week at the ranch. I’m dog sitting. That’s right, I decided Handsome’s 70 pound attention hogging mutt and my two cats weren’t enough and volunteered us to watch a very energetic rottweiler. Golda is a very excited 2 year old 90 pound gorgeous pup and she’s going to destroy my house (not at all on purpose, just based on the laws of physics – and object in […]

Chickadee Icebox Cookies


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 […]

Peabody’s Really Bad Day Fix it All Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake


Last year on a cold winters night while we were snuggled in bed, the house was broken into. I have tried to find a way to blog out this so that you will understand that while it was a terrifying event, we all had a good laugh about it at the end of the day. It was 4 in the morning, our cars were parked in the driveway and the doors were all locked. There was snow on the ground and a dumb kid breaking into sheds stealing what he could carry to what was probably another car carrying the […]

Quick and Easy Stromboli


I don’t know about you, but I love my fat kid meals. I love the unhealthy oozy gooey kind of meals that have little to no nutritional value. I’m a glutton for punishment because after every one of those meals I sit back in all that sloth like glory, and regret every bite knowing I could of had a delicious salad and felt just as full. But every chance I get, I’m more likely to pick pizza over a salad and wallow in my own gluttony. So, it’s up to me to try to beat myself at the market before […]

Roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty. Ravioli


Today was my day off and, much like that lady on the food network who seems really mean, I spent it cooking (minus the film crew and culinary prestige of course). I woke up early to bake cookies (hopefully that post is for tomorrow) and went to a friends house to make ravioli. And by make, I mean he did all the work while I snapped pictures. Kind of nice for a change.   Like all things that require a kneaded dough, ravioli intimidated me. I understand the basics of kneading, but I am a visual learner and I don’t […]

They love it when we think we’re in charge


I have two of the most awesome cats in the world. They are unlike any other cats Ive ever know. They have the best personalities. I love that they never snub me and don’t scratch or bite *unless being played with.* They come when called, play fetch and are all around cute, adorable lights of my life. But some days… Some days their over aggressive awesome personalities drive me up a wall. Sewing machine + cat that must be in your lap = fail. Every time I put one down today the other popped into my lap. There was non-stop […]

:ding: I’ve Leveled as a Cook


There are a few things in the culinary world that intimidate me for no logical reason. Bread would have to be in the top 5 if I were to actually sit down and write that list. I don’t know why. I have done a billion cake like breads, but to me, they don’t count. I’m talking yeast and dough and kneading. However, I was determined to overcome this silly fear by taking on my first bread dough with a no knead version (pretty much can’t screw that up right). So after googling and tastespotting – then not reading the recipe […]