Warm Summer Potato Herb Salad

Warm Summer Potato Herb Salad from PasstheSushi.com

Why hello Summer. You blasted in with out warning. It’s cool, I wasn’t ready for you yet. Hadn’t swept the back deck or gotten out the lawn chairs. The plants went from frost warning to brown stumps of dried out hat. But it’s ok. Come on down, we’ll make room at the table for you. Ignore my passive aggressive attitude towards Mrs. Nature again. It’s been like 9 billion degrees all week and I just wasn’t ready for that. I love the summer, and everything that comes along with it. But we were getting a great dose of spring in […]

Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers

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2012 is over. No going back now. It’s time to get your game face on and tackle the upcoming year with me. I mean seriously, I’m talking war paint up your mug like you are Mel Gibson getting ready to storm the battlefields of Stirling. For 2013 – let’s just make a checklist. For the home: New carpet, new sofa, new chairs for the kitchen, big shiny new back door. Yeah, that last one needs to happen. Our house is slowly developing a look but we need to have a little heart to heart. I mean seriously, our house is missing… […]

Enchilada Pasta Skillet & a Le Creuset Skillet Giveaway

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To wrap up an amazing year at Pass the Sushi I have one more killer giveaway for you. There are some big changes in store for the blog next year, some large goals for 2013, and a lot more sass and fun. But that’s for a future post. For today, in this crazy busy week, I have a simple weeknight meal for you and a chance to win this gorgeous skillet. Since receiving my Le Creuset skillet, I think all of my other skillets have grown jealous and accumulated a thin layer of dust. I find myself keeping this bad boy ready […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Chicken a la King

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  While trying to get my jingle on this year, I’m finding that good old fashioned cable is working against me. I don’t have any of that fanciness that tells you what’s on other channels or records your shoes, and since they did away with the TV Guide channel, I pretty much have to whip out the laptop if I want to know what’s on TV. (I should mention that I also don’t know the channel numbers anyway). For the first few nights, TV Guide was just screwing with me. When I see Rudolph, I expect an old Rank and Bass stop […]

Super Simple Slow Cooker Taco Soup

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Have you ever just wanted gooey-cheesy-clog-your-arteries kind of food? Of course you have. Why else would you be here? That’s what I wanted when I walked into the kitchen to make this weeks Soup Kitchen Monday creation. Problem was, between recent travel, and the holiday season, I really should have just been eating celery. When I think of taco soup, I think of a hearty packed chili like soup slathered in cheese and swirled with sour cream and ever though I had seen some recipes for just that, I knew I had to cut it back just a bit. Don’t worry, there’s […]

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 […]

Weeknight Fettuccine with Sausage & Kale

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Early sunsets are not good for a darned thing. With the sun setting at like noon, I’ve been acting like an old woman. Just feed me, give me my pills, and put me to bed to the tune of Jeopardy. Ok, maybe not that bad, but it certainly feels like it. I never knew I was a summer person until this year. I don’t want to cook as much, go out as much, certainly can’t take as many pictures, or drive after dark. (See, little. old. lady.) The one thing cold dark nights are good for? Carbohydrates. Tons and tons of […]

Crispy Baked Chicken Fingers For Two

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Have you ever had a craving for food you were fond of as a child but grew out of? I can’t tell you how bad my craving for chicken fingers was. It was one of those no matter how good the meal in front of me was I still wanted little chicken fingers to dip in ketchup or barbecue sauce or something. Anything! Sadly, the last time I had chicken nuggets at a fast food joint, my stomach was not so happy about it. >.< So, I was forced to make my own and it’s something I should do more […]

Smothered Pork Chops with Smashed Potatoes

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Need a quick meal to get some food in your tummy before the impending sugar rush of the Trick or Treat haul? Yeah, me too. There is a giant bag of mini chocolate goodness that looks like it wont be given out this year due to the crappy weather just calling my name. So before I go all fat kid on that, I figured I should get something remotely healthy in my system. This weeknight quicky meal comes together with just a few pots and pans and doesn’t disappoint  The addition to cabbage slaw to the smashed potatoes makes for a […]

Slow Cooker Shredded Pork Tacos

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You know those friends who call and you know it’s going to be a few minutes but it’s totally worth it? Yeah, we all have one – or a few… The other day a friend of mine calls me. He has discovered a slug in his living room. One lone slug… And he is freaking out. To be fair, this friend does not like bugs or insects of any sort. Today, that includes mollusks. My friend was worried he should call an exterminator, “but what if there’s a hole in the wall?” To which I replied, “Exterminators don’t fix holes in […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Sloppy Jose Gorditas

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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 […]

Thai Chicken with Basil

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Thai is one of those cuisines that I love to have, if I’m not the one cooking it. The subtle flavors have a way of knocking my socks off with their clean and crisp tastes. Every individual component is often recognized and acknowledged in a dish, in a was that works out a perfect balance. Slowly, I am becoming more familiar with ingredients in traditional Thai cooking and challenging myself to try some new dishes in my own kitchen. This simple chicken with basil was perfect for two on a weeknight> Served with a small portion of brown rice, we mixed everything […]

Quick Dinner Fixins:Crispy Chipotle Chicken Wraps

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With all our out and abouting going on on the mountain bike trails I realized I needed a few new toys of my own to go around. First, I wanted an everyday lens to have out there. My 35mm was just not cutting it for quick action shots. And a bag to tote all of this around in. The lens was easy – I walked into my local camera store and told them what I needed. Boom. The bag, no so much. You would think shopping for a bag to carry your camera around in would be easy. It’s not. […]

Grilled Miso-Ginger Salmon & Doris

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  A few weeks ago, from four rooms away – while blow drying my hair – I heard what sounded like an semi truck parked in front of our house. I went to investigate finding that the over sized truck was actually my refrigerator… Not good. Being female, I couldn’t find a way to express this to my boyfriend without him believing I was exaggerating so the other day I redeemed some points when I got a phone call saying the fridge sounded like it was preparing for taking off and that we were in need of a new one. Ha! So, […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mexican Shredded Pork {Pork Tinga}

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I thought January was supposed to be a slow month. I even petitioned to have Christmas moved back a month just to give us some time to build up and enjoy it a bit more. But, so far, this January hasn’t given me a moments pause. Between the after holiday clean up (tell that to the scattering of Christmas ornaments still peeking out here and there), one of my design clients opening his doors on a new location, work, and oh yeah, my sister’s wedding, I am wondering when I can take a day off. Seems like a silly thing to waste […]