Music, marriage & cozy socks: Ashlee + Evan stop by Good Day: It’s hard to think of a more appropriate first single for Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross than “I Do,” considering the musical couple’s been married for nearly five years. And during a recent stop at the FOX 5 Atlanta studios, Simpson and Ross revealed one of the keys to their creativity: Comfort.
“I love to be comfortable, so, like, cozy socks,” says Simpson when describing her style in the recording studio. Says Ross, “If we’re going into the studio, even if it’s, like, for three hours, she’s bringing a blanket and a pillow!”
Simpson and Ross recently released their first EP, titled Ashlee + Evan, and have embarked on a multi-city tour of the same name to promote the music. The tour brought them to Atlanta this week, with a show at The Loft on Thursday night. “You get to hear some of the songs from the EP, as well as Ashlee does some of the songs that I know her fans are waiting to hear,” says Ross of the tour. “We have a bunch of fun stuff. It’s a cool vibe.”
Both artists come from musical families – Evan is son of the legendary singer and Oscar-nominated actress Diana Ross, and Ashlee is sister to singer Jessica Simpson – and both have also been active in front of the camera. Ross currently appears in a recurring role on the FOX hit Star.
But for now, the couple is focusing on the new music and tour, which continues in Nashville (January 11), Chicago (January 12), Dallas (January 14), San Francisco (January 17), and wraps up in Los Angeles at The Roxy on January 18. Tour details and ticket information can be found here.
Asian Delight recipe from Chef Ron Hsu and Chef de Cuisine from Lazy Betty a new restaurant in the Candler Park area. For today's recipe see below. For more on Lazy Betty click here.
Serves 4 as an entree
2 cups jasmine rice (Two Brooks Rice), washed and drained
3 cups chicken stock, hot
Star Anise, 2 pods
Cinnamon, ¼ quill
Garlic, 2 cloves minced
Ginger, 1 tablespoon minced
Onion, ½ cup diced
Pork Fat, 1 tablespoon (chicken, duck, or olive oil is a fine substitute)
4 links Sweet Chinese Sausage (Lap-Xoung), cut into 1 inch logs
Cilantro, 2 tbsp chopped
4 large farm eggs
Soy Sauce, as desired
For the rice,
Turn your oven on to 425*. In a medium sized pot over low heat, start by sweating the onions, garlic, and ginger in the chicken fat without any color, 4-5 minutes. Add the rice to the pot and toast for 1-2 minutes. Add the sausage, star anise and cinnamon and the hot stock and bring the liquid up to a boil. Cover the pot with aluminum foil and make sure it’s completely sealed. Place the pot in the oven for 15 minutes. When the rice is done let it sit, without opening the lid, for another 15 minutes to finish cooking.
While the rice is finishing, fry the eggs in a pan sunny side up. Season the rice with salt and pepper to taste and divide the rice into 4 bowls, top off with the fried egg, sprinkle the chopped cilantro over the rice, and drizzle some soy sauce over the top. Enjoy!