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Sushi and Baking Extravaganza!

by Meghann on January 24, 2009

I have seriously fallen in love with Melissa!

Not only she is a great blogger, but she is an amazing baker and sushi preparer. :)

For dinner tonight Melissa set out on a mission to teach me to make Sushi. Of course I jumped at the chance to learn to make one of my favorite meals and was her eager student as she taught me to prepare and roll the delectable meal.

Here’s a sneak peak into her lessons -

Step One: Cook the Rice

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We used a Short Grain Brown Rice. Melissa added extra water to the cooking process to make the rice extra sticky. Once the rice was cooked she spread it evenly in a baking pan and let it cool to room temperature.

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Step Two: Prepare the Filling

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Melissa thinly sliced Avocado, Cucumber, Zucchini, Carrots, Asparagus and Green Onion for the Veggies.

We steamed the Asparagus and Zucchini so they would be the right chewy texture in the sushi.

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The use of Zucchini in the Sushi was in honor of our entry to the newly re-errected BSI contest courtesy of Biz at the Biggest Diabetic Loser… What do you think Biz.. does zucchini sushi sound good to you? :)

I also seared some Tuna with Blackened Spices and sliced some Mango for my own twist on the Sushi filling.

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Step Three: Lay Out the Nori (seaweed wrap)

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Step Four: Spread the Rice on the Nori

Put small spoonfuls of the rice on the nori and use your fingers to spread the rice into a thin layer across the seaweed. You want to dip you fingers in water so the rice won’t stick to your fingers.

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Be sure to leave a wide edge of seaweed around the rice.

Step 5: Pick your Filling

Stack your toppings on the edge of the Nori

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I had a little bit of everything on mine: Zucchini, Cucumber, Tuna, Green Onion, Carrot, Mango & Avocado

Step 6: Do the Roll

Very carefully pick up the bottom of the Nori and roll tightly into a log.

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Went you get to the end lay the sushi roll cease side down and let it the moisture from the rise seal the nori shut.

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Step 7: Slice it Up

Pat a dry with a damn paper towel to prevent the rice from sticking to the knife. Then grip the sushi roll and slice about 3/4 inch pieces of sushi between you fingers like so…

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Step 8: Presentation

I fanned out my sushi in double rows on a plate. That was about as fancy as I got.DSCN2227.JPG

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Step 9: EAT!!

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I enjoyed my sushi with some soy sauce for dipping.

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My Verdict?

IT WAS GREAT!!!

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Seriously some of the best Sushi I have ever had and I made it all myself.. well Melissa did help me a little. :) I loved it because could pick exactly what went on it and how much to use. I can’t wait to make it on my own again. This is a great idea for a dinner party or a fun date. SO many possibilities with my new found sushi abilities.

BUT WAIT!!! …. THERE’S MORE!!!

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Along with my sushi lesson, Melissa also gave me a lesson in Baking!

Now I like to bake, but I’m not very good at it. If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you might recalls times when I’ve baked in the past and have not been 100% satisfied with how things have turn out in the past. Melissa, however is a wonderful baker and I was eager to watch her do her thing and see if I could possibly improve my skills for the future.

We decided to make Chewy Chocolate Brownies and Ginger Snap Sticks. You can find the recipes on her blog.

First up the Brownies!

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Pure, chocolate beautifulness. Look at all of those Chocolate and Butter Scotch chips shining through!

No Box needed, these were 100% from scratch!

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I had a small sample of the brownie for dessert.

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OMG YUM!!! It was SOOOO Chewy and Delicious! I literally licked the pan clean of all the chocolate and butterscotch bits that stuck on the bottom. This was heaven in a bowl! :)

Next up were the GInger Snap Sticks.

Again, all from scratch.

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I had an end piece of this right out of the oven. Again, YUM!

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I would like to take credit for these lovelies, but it was 100% Melissa! She rocks!

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Whoa, what a post and what a night! :)

Its great having Melissa here, almost like having a temporary roommate. I mean she cooks for me, she bakes for me, she even helps with the dishes… what more could a girl ask for? lol

THANK YOU to Michelle from Strong and Healthy for her wonderful donation to my TNT efforts today. You ROCK too!!

Alright time to relax with a cup of hot tea and a Lifetime movie… Good Night!!

{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marissa January 24, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Yay for Lifetime Movies! I love lazy days when I can watch a bunch of them! :)

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2 Melissa S. January 24, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Yay for sushi and baking!!! We FREAK’N ROCK!!!!

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3 Meg January 24, 2009 at 9:29 pm

You guys must be having so much fun! The sushi looks amazing and the baked goods look delicious.

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4 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) January 24, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Wow that sushi and the brownies and ginger snap sticks look amazing!! What a treat of a night for you!

haha btw – I think at one point you meant to put “damp paper towel” and you put “damn paper towel” – haha made me laugh. :)

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5 Allison January 24, 2009 at 9:55 pm

WOW! What a great day you two have had! Those sushi rolls look fabulous! I’m definitely going to have to try that on my own, but I’m pretty sure it won’t turn out as pretty! :)

Those homemade brownies look MOUTH WATERING!

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6 nicci January 24, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Oh! Your Sushi looked so good. I love sushi. I have yet to use the sushi kit I got for Christmas,but I go out everyweek for sushi and its divine.

I think its time i made some at home….u made it look fun

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7 Rachel January 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Love the ideas I’m getting from this post! I’ve never made sushi before but it looks like the perfect thing to plan for a group activity or a girls’ night in. And the baked goods – yum. I admire your portion control!

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8 Trust, Hope, Believe January 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Hey meghann!

I am new to the blogworld! But I feel like i know you already because I read your blog everyday! Great job on your race today! Looks like you had fun baking =]

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9 Sarah January 24, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Oh man, I want a Melissa, too!! :-)

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10 Sara January 24, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Holy cow, everything looks so good! I heart sushi! :)

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11 Ryan January 24, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Oh my! I’ve always avoided the thought of making sushi because it seemed SO complicated. You two made it look easy! And those ginger snap sticks? I might just have to make some of those (ginger snaps are my FAVORITE).

HAHA love the “damn” instead of “damn”. Please don’t edit it :D

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12 Ryan January 24, 2009 at 10:35 pm

apparently I can’t get myself to write “damP” either! whoops!

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13 Heather Eats Almond Butter January 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm

The sushi turned out great! I loved that you used brown rice. Those brownies! Butterscotch?!? YUM! So glad you’re enjoying your time with Melissa. Hope you guys have a good rest of the weekend!

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14 Eliza January 24, 2009 at 10:57 pm

seared tuna and mango! omg that sounds so good.
glad you two had fun–keep the good eats coming!

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15 redheadyellowdog January 24, 2009 at 11:03 pm

this is great!! I just got a bunch of sushi making stuff for Christmas and you have inspired me to break it out soon!

and those baked goods look soooo good. my two favorite things : chocolate and ginger!

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16 Shelby January 24, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Wow, amazing sushi. Now I want to give it a try.

Mmm, brownies! Melissa sure is talented and it sounds like you two had a blast!

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17 Sweet and Fit January 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm

thank you! I am making sushi sometime next week! =)

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18 Missy (MISSY MAINTAINS) January 24, 2009 at 11:37 pm

The sushi looks amazing!! So do the brownies and gingersnaps of course! I love the addition of sprinkles to the brownies that made them so colorful!!

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19 fitforfree January 24, 2009 at 11:37 pm

beautiful sushi!! sounds like such a fun day :-)

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20 luckytastebuds January 25, 2009 at 12:26 am

Hi! I just found your site and think it’s REALLY fabulous! Thank you for posting all those step-by-step pictures of how you made the sushi. It’s SO encouraging to learn from blogs like yours :) Thank you!

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21 Mica January 25, 2009 at 12:42 am

AHHH, what an awesome day! And you two look totally cute with your sushi!

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22 Sharon January 25, 2009 at 1:01 am

Oh wow, what an awesome and tasty time!

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23 sarahannmatheny January 25, 2009 at 2:18 am

I’m adopting Melissa.

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24 VeggieGirl January 25, 2009 at 7:50 am

GORRRRGEOUS sushi, brownies, and ginger sticks!!

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25 John/Dad January 25, 2009 at 7:55 am

OK I will take 2 California Rolls to go please

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26 marafaye January 25, 2009 at 8:15 am

Can I come over and play too?

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27 branappetit January 25, 2009 at 8:36 am

Everything looks so good!

I’m going to have to make those brownies!

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28 caitlin January 25, 2009 at 9:01 am

aww you guys are too cute! thanks for the sushi lesson, now i could actually make my own at home, too!

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29 strongandhealthy January 25, 2009 at 9:05 am

What a fun night making sushi and baking!

Thanks for the thank you on your blog! I appreciate it!

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30 Nicole January 25, 2009 at 9:07 am

Awesome! Everything looks so great!

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31 Kelly January 25, 2009 at 9:21 am

Wow! I am really impressed. I loved the step by step instructions. I feel like anyone should be able to do it. I’ll make myself a nice veggie one. Do they have the seaweed wraps at publix?

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32 Andrea [bella eats] January 25, 2009 at 9:39 am

What a great post! Your pictures look great, Meghann!

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33 elise January 25, 2009 at 9:51 am

yey! making sushi is SO fun. looks like you guys had a great time baking and rolling. what are you going to do with all the extra nori wraps? thats what i remember about my sushi making…too much seaweed left over!

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34 Sarah W. January 25, 2009 at 10:08 am

what a great post!!!! I went out to lunch yesterday with a korean friend and we got some veggie rolls from a great place in the mall..cheap too! anyways I was talking her and was like i’m sure your mom taught you how to make sushi and she said yes but she sucks at it! i knew it was fairly easy to make though!

QUESTION: does melissa have tips on how to make it the opposite way? with the rice on the outside, I’m not a fan of seaweed so I can only handle it in small doses and prefer my sushi with the rice on the outside. tips???

omg those ginger snap things look AMAZING!!!!

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35 Bridget January 25, 2009 at 10:09 am

What fun!!

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36 Beadie January 25, 2009 at 10:12 am

OMG! i think I have died and gone to foodie heaven! I’m so jealous!

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37 ksgoodeats January 25, 2009 at 10:15 am

How fun!! Glad to hear you guys are having a blast together :)

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38 Justy2003 January 25, 2009 at 10:30 am

The sushi does look like fun! Maybe the boy and I will have to give it a try! :)
And desserts? Yum! My favorite part!!!

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39 eatingbender January 25, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Wow!! It all looks like so much fun and so damn delicious. I remember those ginger sticks fondly from Christmastime!! I’m so glad that you ladies had such a nice weekend together :)

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40 lauren January 26, 2009 at 11:08 am

that is so cool you all made sushi! i want to try now!

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41 biz319 January 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm

THAT LOOKS FANTASTIC! We’ll see which recipe Hannah picks and so sorry that I missed this post over the weekend.

I just added you and Melissa to the list.

Happy Monday – only four more work days til the weekend! :D

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42 Marianne January 26, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Sushi is my fave :D I am totally inspired to make my own again, I haven’t done it in awhile.

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43 ttfn300 January 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm

these look so freakin fantastic, and i wish i was there with you girls :) such a grea ttime you two had!

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