Happy Holidays!

Just a few of our favorites…

The best sushi rice recipe is over at The Foodie Eats blog, don’t change a thing and you will have perfect, sticky rice every time. We visit Fresh Market for excellent fish selections, cut up veggies, make some eel sauce, grab our bamboo mats and get rolling. 

Perfect Eel Sauce…Don’t knock it till you have tried it on top of your favorite sushi combination, yummy! All you need is equal parts Soy Sauce, Mirin, and Sugar. Throw that all together in a pot and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. The mixture will thicken as it cools. I usually only need a 1/2 cup of each ingredient to have enough sauce for 6-8 people. 

Best Cocoa…

4 Cups Milk

1/3 to 1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

3/4 cup Raw Sugar

2-3 Giant Marshmallows

Whipped Cream (Make it with Heavy Whipping Cream in your Vita Mix for a serious indulgence.)

Add all ingredients to a saucepan or Cocomotion if you are lucky enough to have one! Yes, the marshmallows go in as well. You can add more marshmallows later, but these add a yummy creaminess to the hot cocoa because they melt. Once everything is heated up, I usually add more marshmallows and a dollop of whipped cream. So yummy!

Best Roast Chicken

I like to check out a lot of recipes and try new ways of cooking stuff. Roast chicken is a favorite over at our house. It makes the house smell delicious and lets the chef hang out with friends and family while the chicken is roasting. I always buy organic, smaller sized chickens (3-4 lbs) from Fresh Market. If I am feeding a larger crowd, I will roast two birds side by side in my roasting pan. I don’t have time for brining, so that isn’t going to happen over here. I rinse the birds, pat them dry with paper towels, grab my favorite butter (Finlandia) and gently massage it under the skin. I usually use about 2-3 Tbs per chicken. Season generously with kosher salt and pepper, stuff 1/2 a lemon in the cavity, and a sprig of fresh thyme. Transfer the chicken to a heated roasting pan or skillet, arranged breast side up and roast the chicken for about 40 minutes in a 450° oven. I know this sounds like a high temperature, but trust me, it will be delicious. After 40 minutes, temp the chicken, it should read about 120° in the breast. If it does, turn your oven off and leave the chicken in the oven for another 30-45 minutes. Test the chicken for doneness before removing from the oven. (Breast 160° & Thighs 175°)


Colleen is a writer, teacher, and avid reader. Her love of philosophy transcends every one of her pursuits.

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