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Cooking Therapy

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Although the loss of a loved one is a universal experience, individuals who experience this loss grieve in different ways. Cooking and mealtimes are often overlooked aspects of grief and daily activities such as eating, meal planning, and grocery shopping can become painful and isolating. 

Introducing Cooking Therapy, a collection of our favorite recipes that's easy to make at home. Cooking empowers individuals to express their grief in healthy, rational, and positive ways. 

If the thought of cooking for one has been weighing you down, then read through some of these amazing recipes shared by our staff here at Roupp Funeral Home and others that have went through exactly what you're experiencing right now.


5 to 5.5 pounds fresh whole chicken 

4 Tablespoons butter , slightly melted

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1-2 Tablespoons all-purpose steak seasoning (I like McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning)


Place cast iron pan inside oven and preheat to 450°F.

Remove giblets and neck from inside of chicken. If this part makes you a little squeamish, try and find a brand that sells them with giblets and neck already removed.

Rinse chicken well with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. I don’t worry about tying the legs together, but I do tuck the wing tips under the wings.

Pour melted butter over the meat and season with salt and all-purpose steak seasoning. Salt and pepper inside the cavity as well.

Working carefully, open the oven and slide the oven shelf out. Transfer the chicken to the hot skillet.

Roast at 450°F for about 45-55 minutes, or until temperature in thickest part of thigh reads 160-165°F.

Remove from oven and let rest 10-20 minutes before carving. Resting the meat before carving is an important step, because it redistributes the juices and the meat will be wonderful and juicy. Enjoy!

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