Sweet Zucchini Bread Loaf

by Alice Currah on August 25, 2014

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Next week school starts for my kids and in the famous words of late night comedian Jimmy Fallon, this is when the expressions on kids and parents faces switch places.  We’ve had a good run of summer finding refuge on 90 degree plus heat at the beach under the shade of trees while the kids swim in the water until the sun sets.  Not until this week did I need to bring a sweatshirt as the sun goes down earlier and one can tell the air feels slightly crisp with a light scent of autumn to accompany it.  Fall is coming sooner than later and this means I can use my oven again without fear it increase the temperature in our house to unbearable sleeping conditions. [click to continue…]

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Ready Set Go – Rancho La Puerta Guacamole

by Alice Currah on August 12, 2014

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In my teenage years I lived on a steady diet of regular Coke, chips, ice cream, and whatever else I wanted to eat… without much thought about the consequences.  Keep in mind I had been a year round competitive athlete since I was a young kid and my metabolism probably neutralized the negative impact of excessive calories; I was still growing and my world revolved around playing sports.  And like many teenagers I believed I was somewhat invincible.  I had convinced myself the natural laws of aging would not apply to me, nor would they into the future.

In my early twenties I remained active playing in adult tennis and volleyball leagues still convinced I could still eat and drink whatever I wanted without much consequence.  Then I got pregnant and everything changed. [click to continue…]

     

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Grilled BBQ Chicken Legs Recipe

by Alice Currah on June 25, 2014

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I have nothing really profound to say other than Happy Summer to you.  I hope you’re enjoying the warmer temperatures and taking advantage of all the wonderful seasonal berries, fruit, and vegetables I see gracing farmers markets and grocery stores.  I’m trying my best at keeping my sanity as I referee my kids between sibling squabbles and intentionally ignoring them to sometimes work it out for themselves.  Abbi is turning 13 this Saturday, and I find myself in denial about how she is, in fact, her own person.  I watched her for the first time at the park, leave our family table to go “hang out” with a group of friends which in the past has only been girls, and now was girls and boys transitioning from opposite gender awkwardness to the cusp of post-puberty maturity that I am still shaking my head about.  When I asked Abbi if she was hungry, she politely declined while not making eye contact. Still processing this. [click to continue…]

     

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Better Than the Classic: Nutella Raspberry S’mores

by Alice Currah on June 17, 2014

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I am no stranger to late night pantry attack of guilty pleasures.  In fact, I am a proud card carrying member of this underground club where members world wide shamefully rummage through the pantry in the late evening hours foraging for all the foods most health magazines tell you to avoid without a second thought to whether or not doing so will undo all the Fitbit goals one may have accomplished just earlier in the day.  A woman on a mission to find chocolate cannot be stopped, reasoned with, and most importantly, denied.

The conversation I have with myself when I’m enjoying a few spoonfuls of peanut butter studded with chocolate chips goes something like this. [click to continue…]

     

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Sneak Peak into Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas Dynamic Dining

by Alice Currah on June 5, 2014. Updated June 9, 2014

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Television personality and food connoisseur Andrew Zimmern once said, “Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.” 

Last week Royal Caribbean flew me to Miami from Seattle.  Not knowing what to expect, I expected to be amazed by Chef Cornelius Gallagher, the Director of Culinary Operations at Royal Caribbean International, and Chef Michael Gillian, the Royal Caribbean Corporate Chef.  Both chefs are known to be passionate about food in the culinary world, and are all about creating extraordinary meals.  They are now bringing their Michelin-star experience and celebrated restaurateur backgrounds to the cruise industry in a ground-breaking way. [click to continue…]

     

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