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Friday, June 14, 2013

Beer Can Chicken and Grilled Broccolini

Last weekend, my husband and I traveled up to my family's cabin on Lake Superior. We spent our time reading, hiking, collecting rocks and of course cooking! I wanted to make a beer-can-chicken, something my dad always loved to cook on the grill. Placing a half-full beer can under the chicken while cooking traps in the moisture, creating a moist and tender chicken. The flavor of beer is surprisingly faint after cooking, because the alcohol evaporates at high heat. The chicken tastes similar to the flavoring of beer-battered onion rings. Cooking our chicken on the grill did not work because our beer can was too tall for the grill lid, so we placed it in the oven instead- which turned out just as delicious. We used the grill to cook our broccolini side dish. I used the pan drippings to make a delicious homemade gravy. To prepare the gravy, I whisked in butter, milk, a pinch of flour, sour cream and spices to taste. 

I have posted the recipe I followed below for your reference:

Friday, June 7, 2013

Fluffy and Delicious Salted Nut Rolls

Looking for a crowd pleasing dessert for your next party? Look no further. I have the holy grail of sweet treats and I am sharing the recipe with YOU! My grandma originally created this recipe to mock the popular candy bar, "Salted Nut Roll." I think this recipe is far better than the candy bar because of its incredibly fluffy texture. The fluffy texture is created by adding small marshmallows to the batter. I am warning you... this recipe is dangerously delicious :)


1 jar dry roasted peanuts
1 bag peanut butter chips
1 bag mini marshmallows
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
3 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla

Add half the roasted peanuts to a 8x10 pan that has been sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Microwave butter and peanut butter chips in a glass bowl for one minute, then stir until smooth. Add milk and vanilla to peanut butter mixture, and microwave 2 more minutes. Stir until combined. Next, stir in marshmallows. Pour batter into your 8x10 pan (peanuts should be on bottom and pour the other half of peanuts over the top and pat down gently). Keep in refrigerator until you are ready to cut into squares and serve. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Homemade Sushi

For my graduation party this past Sunday, I made homemade sushi rolls. Making sushi can seem intimidating,  but once you've got all of your ingredients assembled, the process is actually quite simple. In my opinion, the trickiest part of the process is making sushi rice. Sushi rice is made with a special variety of short grain rice and mixed with rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Making rice has become an art form for many Japanese Chefs. The process takes several hours from start to finish and requires years of experience. If you are interested in making rice like the pros, I encourage you to watch this video I have linked below. 

In my past posting titled, "Sushi Party", I wrote a few important recipes as well as an ingredient list. Search for that posting on my site to access more info about homemade sushi! 

Video on making proper sushi rice!