Asian Pork and Cabbage Salad

Asian Pork and Cabbage Salad via PasstheSushi.com

It’s not Monday – and I am desperately trying to stick to the salad theme until next week when Summer officially hits but there was a lot going on this week. So instead of having you time travel back to Monday when we are so close to the weekend, just bare with. ;D The next few weeks aren’t showing any signs of slowing down either. Let’s see if I can magically pull something off before next Monday for ya. In the meantime, I’m considering signing myself up for summer camp and just playing with glue sticks and dried macaroni for a […]

Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad via PasstheSushi.com

Part of me wishes every weekend could be as action packed as this last one, and part of my knows I will never survive. The computer was shut down from Thursday afternoon on as the day ended up becoming a much needed day spent tending to the yard and garden with some unexpected free time… oh and Handsome scored himself another bike. His second this week! (though the second was a loan, I’m still seeing green with some serious bike envy). But its all good, my new Specialized is on the way. I’ll stop with the bike talk now… So Thursday looked […]

Personal Grilled Taco Pizzas

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Today’s story has to be told, to get to tomorrows. After bragging about how much I love my job last week, I feel it is only fare to try to explain to you what being a part of the Captain Blue Hen family can be like. Some of you may be too young to remember a show called Cheers, so go wikipedia it. For the rest of you, you get exactly what I am saying. When you walk into our store, it is an extension of your living room. That level of comfort and friendship. We are the place everyone […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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Lets all say Aloha! Have your own luau with hula stirts and flower leis while you gather the family around the supper table. Tonights “set it and forget it” dinner is inspired by the flavors of Hawaii and my favorite Disney movie, Lilo and Stitch. Mom and Dad can tuck away some hidden flavor of pineapple and teriyaki while this pork shoulder slow cooks all day and is fork tender and ready to shred just in time for a little family moment. After all, that’s what this is all about! Ohana. I was probably too old to have the obsession with […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Cajun Mac and Cheese

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Let’s get down on the bayou with a kiss, a frog, and some serious flavor. Macaroni and cheese is something I developed a late love affair with not growing up with the blue  box, but don’t make your children suffer the same fate as me, or they may become mac and cheese addicts (see my teenage years). The problem with mac and cheese is that it can get boring if you aren’t mixing it up from time to time with new flavors. Sure, melted cheese is amazing, but add some southern kick and we are really talking. I have yet to see […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Falafel-Crusted Chicken with Hummus Slaw

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A few years before the birth of this blog, I was struck with the knowledge that there was a lot of food out there I had never tasted. New flavors, textures and cuisines all together I had never even given notice to. The rest is history. Now, wrought with heavy debate, I can not choose my favorite type of food, my favorite meal, dessert or more. And every day I discover more. Once you are open and willing to try new things there is so much more out there then you could have ever imagined. One of the moments that shocked my […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Honey Pork Stir Fry

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  This whole week is about bringing the family around the dinner table with fast delicious meals packed with flavors kids will want to try. The hook? They are all paired up with a little of that Disney magic. One of the biggest struggles for a lot of parents is getting kids to try new foods. Putting new ingredients on the table without an eye roll or verbal protest is something I see a lot of my friends struggling with. As I went through the recipes I wanted to make or post, I couldn’t help but pair a few here and there with some […]

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 […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Penne with Sausage and Artichokes

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Guess what I got in the mail today? No, I did not inharent a fortune from my great aunt Edna who was also a Duchess in the old country. I got one of those fancy pictures of my car with an over priced bill attached. I am not ticked that I am writing the District of Columbia an exorbitant ticket, I am ticked because I have yet to get a legitimate ticket. This is the second time a fancy picture of my car has been sent to me. The first – We had adventured down some shady streets on the […]

Chicken Marsala

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Managing a food blog (and yes, I did say managing for those of you who snorted because it has become a rather time consuming hobby) can be very crucial to a happy home. There is a list a few pages, sticky notes and magazines clippings long of recipes I want to try, nibbles and bites that I would love to experiment with and ingredients I would have to do a google search to identify and find. I could fill 3 squares for 365 days plus snacks and desserts, never repeat a recipe once and probably only result in adding even […]

Meatballs a la Pizzaiola

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The thing about my dad and I is that we kind of grew up together. He was young when he had me and played his hand the best he could. The best part about this (besides having a dad who loved K’nex just as much as me) was that I grew up knowing his friends, who I now consider my friends. They are also somewhat like a pack big brother’s who I know I could call on for anything if I needed to. A few weeks ago, a friend of the family had us all over for dinner. It was […]

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 […]

Ohana means family.

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Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten. How to watch your numbers drop like a lead balloon – don’t update in 4 days. Sorry, I got lost during an incredible spelunking trip with my Great Uncle Ernie who is an avid outdoors man. It resulted in a 3 day lack of technology or indoor plumbing and boy, was it hot. Uncle Ernie really still has it in him too – I mean 74 and hopping on the back of that grizzly to take back our one Coleman burner – amazing. Not sure that the bear could have figured […]