Quick Dinner Fixins’ Chicken and Artichoke Paella

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Weeknight dinners are rough. Especially in December when the whole world seems to be spinning a wee bit faster. I get home and it’s dark, I’ve worked all day and I am dog tired. And heck, I don’t even have kids I have to worry about! But I take no excuses in the Pass the Sushi kitchen and believe there is always time for a real supper no matter how crazy things get. (Except for tonight, when I’m probably just picking up a pizza. Don’t judge.) For those of you who want some real meal inspiration on the quick and easy for the month […]

Grilled Chicken with Wild Rice Salad

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The phone just rang. It was the kettle calling to call the pot black. See, I’m the first one to whine and complain when I see Christmas Pins or pumpkins lining the aisles in July. I want to enjoy summer, the whole length of it, without feeling rushed into the holiday season. But what I didn’t know what that there was a tiny silent alarm in the back of my head that is triggered immediately after my birthday. Suddenly there’s an ominous black cloud threatening that I may not be able to share all of my awesome grill recipes with you before […]

Spring Gardens and Easy Chicken and Rice

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Do you ever have those ridiculously stupid conversations with your partner where you end up annoyed just because? They often go like this, “Hey Babe, can you do this for me?” “No, I’m busy.” “Whatcha’ doing?” “I don’t know.” …. Please tell me we are not alone… So I huff off before early morning lack of caffeine and irritation sets in then feel like an ass two hours later when I spot Handsome home early from work sectioning our an 8×10′ area of our yard for a new garden. The garden I have been talking about… The garden I mentioned in passing weeks ago. Who’s got […]

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

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It was the first few weeks of spring, and who am I kidding, pretty much any moment there after, that I found it really hard to muster up the patience to sit through a school day. The first half of the year isn’t so bad. You just would wake up and go. But once the world comes out of hibernation, I believe more than one imaginary tummy ache or sniffle kept me home from school. Anything really to just get away from the cold drab cinder block building faded from years of use and monotonous babble from the teachers counting down […]

Brownies that are better than Crack?

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If you are going to say something is better than crack, you have set the bar pretty high. My expectations are that I am not going to be able to walk away. I will be like a fiend for the thing unable to stop myself, to the point of being fidgety and wired trying to get more until ultimately I become fatigued and moody until I can have another hit. Well, heck, that’s me without dark chocolate in the house any old day, but these brownies will do it to you bad too. Just a small bite and you want more. But […]

Drunken Pork Chops and Savory Green Rice with Fontina

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It’s January 2nd and all I have on my scratch sheet of paper is the words screwing up. No profound new years resolutions. No list of organized and achievable goals. Nothing. I’m in a funk. What do you do when you screw up? Especially when you don’t mean to. When it is a genuine mistake. You’ve somehow hurt, upset or offended someone and an ‘I’m sorry’ just doesn’t seem like it will cut it. A customer and friend of mine once said, “I have ‘Catholic guilt’.” I immediately knew what he meant (and also realized that I have suffered from that same guilt my entire life). […]

Christmas Dinner and a Holiday Giveaway

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Christmas wouldn’t be the same (in this modern world of ours) without Christmas specials. I love finding the same classic movies on over and over again from Thanksgiving on. Nothing quite makes you smile like the distant hum of all the Whos down in Whoville or when Linus gives his Christmas monologue. That is the meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown. So what do Christmas specials have to do with food? Not a whole lot. But, these Cornish hens reminded me of the humble dinner that Bob Cratchit served his family for Christmas. (Another Christmas classic my dad would always watch […]

Red Velvet Krispy Treats and a Sephora Mascara Review

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To say I’m not girley is… putting things lightly. I have previously discussed on here my attempts to be more feminine, such as the time I decided to wear more skirts, which lasted about a week. I’ve always been more grounded in blue jeans, more comfortable in a T-shirt, and more cozy in a hoodie than I’ll ever be in one of the 9000 pairs of high heels I own. Nothing stops me from buying more shoes though.  I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, figuring why not just start now, so with that in mind I went and did […]

You know its a good recipe when it starts with bacon.

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I mean really, you can add just about anything after bacon and it can’t be bad. The other night I tried a red beans and rice recipe that I stole from a friend, who borrowed from foodnetwork.com. I would have NEVER eaten red beans as a kid. I am so grateful that has changed because this recipe is awesome. The original recipe called for elk andouille but as its hard enough just to find andouille up here, elk andouille is like asking it snow in South Town (wow, did I really just use a Rankin Bass reference?). So, I’ve changed […]