Crispy Chicken Thighs with Lemon, Artichokes, and Beans

by Alice Currah on October 15, 2014

Crispy-Chicken-Thighs-recipeEver have one of those days you feel like crud and all you want is a satisfying home-cooked meal to enjoy in a therapeutic kind of way?  Sometimes my mind starts thinking about certain types of comfort food that may feel good eating at the time but the next day has me feeling all sorts of shades of regret.  Instead, I am cooking up dishes that hit the spot of neediness in my soul to feed myself well so I can feel better later and this recipe is on repeat from last week, except I mixed in some leftover brown rice to the lemon, artichoke, bean mixture -it was so good. [click to continue…]

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Bourbon Bacon Jam Recipe

by Alice Currah on October 13, 2014. Updated October 16, 2014

Bacon-Jam-2Imagine being a successful independent banker until the eve of the Civil War, only to find your fortune gone the day after the South was defeated.  Edmund Mcllhenny had no idea how his new future would unfold after leaving New Orleans and fleeing to Avery Island, Louisiana with his in-laws, or that the best was yet to come.  While living on their plantation home on Avery Island Edmund experimented with making pepper sauces from Tabasco peppers grown on the property.  His recipe combined with his strong entrepreneurial spirit led him to start selling his famous Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce to family and friends. [click to continue…]



Fire Roasted Poblano Pepper and Eggs

by Alice Currah on September 29, 2014. Updated October 15, 2014


One of the most rewarding culinary experiences I recently experienced involved having to hike every morning for my breakfast for seven days.  At the crack of dawn just as the sun was about to rise, I would wake up from a deep slumber with the famous and sacred Kuuchamaa mountain showing off her glory in perfect picturesque form.  With the familiar soft, cool shade of bluish early morning light getting slightly lighter by the minute, the mountain view from my room provided the right type of motivation I needed to get out of bed quickly and meet my friends for our freshly prepared farm to table cocina breakfast.  The only thing standing in the way between me and breakfast was a three mile hike up a rocky mountain where our breakfast awaited us.  This was part of the program at the health and wellness resort I was staying at.  Guests had two choices for breakfast between eating at the regular dining hall or enjoying a family style farm to table Mexican breakfast overlooking acres and acres of fruit and vegetable bearing trees and plants as far as my eyes could see. [click to continue…]



Ginger Apple Cream Scones

by Alice Currah on September 15, 2014. Updated September 29, 2014


Waking up on the weekends is always a struggle between wanting to sleep in and my body waking up on its own sleep cycle.  Yesterday I lay in bed motionless with eyes closed hoping if I waited long enough I would fall back into a deep slumber. Ten minutes go by… then twenty.  With every passing minute my reality was made clearer; falling back asleep was wishful thinking.  I finally accepted the reality that I was waking up and slowly opened my eyes.  I could see a dark dull light softly coming through the window between the curtain panels illuminating the room just enough, my eyes easily adjusted to my surroundings. [click to continue…]



Autumn Carrot Basil Soup

by Alice Currah on September 5, 2014

I’m in day 3 of the kids back at school and it is amazing how much more I can get done when I have hours of time to be creative in silence and just cook the way I want to without someone asking me to do anything for them or take them somewhere. Up until this week, I’ve been working in small pockets of time for the last 13 years. With Eli finally in all-day school (hurray for 1st grade!), no more twenty minutes here, 10 minutes there. My work flow had been crazy chaotic and staying up until 2am most nights to get work done become normal for me – which isn’t normal at all since sleep deprivation and I have never got along at all. [click to continue…]