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Alma Cocina

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

There are so many things to do in our fair city. Especially during the holidays. You might take in the decorated windows at 200 Peachtree or stop in at The Ritz-Carlton’s lobby bar, Lumen for a swanky cocktail.

I’ll let you in on a fab new spot downtown…

Hello, Autumn, Is That You?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

63F here in Atlanta this morning! Eek! Break out the sweaters!

And I’ve got company tonight! What shall I cook?

What’s cooking in my kitchen?

I Like Chili

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Festivals are prevalent in Atlanta. We have festivals for everything.

I, for one, happen to adore festivals. All those fun people, all the fun food and beverages. Maybe even a blue grass band!

What’s happening on the Atlanta Festival scene?

Super Bowl, Super Snacks, Super Friends

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Ok, I’m all refreshed after taking the day after Super Bowl to tidy up and plan what I am going to do with the leftovers. I thought you might enjoy seeing how we celebrated.
Join our party!


Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Wasn’t yesterday with Arlynn fun? She is such a delight.

And since she was such a love to write such a wonderful post, I am going to keep it short today and talk about tacos. Tacos are Eric’s favorite food. I like them, too, but I am more partial to pizza.

The other day I gazed into my refrigerator to see what I could conjure up for lunch. Um….slack jawed and uninspired, I stared. And then it hit me. I saw some chorizo I had just picked up, spied a hunk of queso, there’s some sour cream and we even have salsa verde! Hot diggity. I always try to keep tortillas on hand and so I fished those out of the pantry. Voila!

Eric joined me in the kitchen and diced up an onion to go with the chorizo frying in the pan. I heated up the tortillas over the flame on the stove (it’s fun! it’s like camping inside!) Not too long after, we were gobbling down some of the tastiest tacos I have ever had.

One fine meal.

Life’s funny like that. When you least expect it, the tastiest treat comes out of nowhere.

I hope your day is full of unexpected pleasures, Darlings.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Taco – Putting On The Ritz

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Yesterday had me gushing over blogger Beth at Budget Bytes (have you checked her out yet? doesn’t she look like Mena Suvari?)

About Me

Anyhoo, I made Beth’s stuffed poblano peppers last night for Eric and he loved them. We had a big lunch of chinese takeout leftovers so I only made two stuffed peppers, which was perfect for us. I didn’t photograph my peppers because they weren’t very pretty. Here are Beth’s stuffed peppers. Just pretend mine looked like this.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Photo courtesy of Budget Bytes

Come on in to cook with me!

Fun Find Friday-Kahlua’s Delicioso Night In

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I just received a fun message from Jaclyn in New York telling me about Kahlua’s Delicioso Night In 2011. Not only do they have Food Network Chef Aaron Sanchez on board, but they are giving away a trip for FOUR – one night in NYC and three nights in Veracruz, Mexico. And the evening in NYC is accompanied by a dinner hosted by Chef Sanchez in New York. Wouldn’t that be swell? Log on to the website and you could win! I might win, too!

Come on in for some party ideas and a fun recipe

White Bean and Chicken Chili

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

My wonderful husband, Eric, is taking the reins today to share the recipe for the scrumptious White Bean and Chicken Chili he made this weekend. It is perfect for these cooler nights. Enjoy!

This chicken chili hits the spot on a cool evening.

White Bean and Chicken Chili


  • One whole chicken, in parts
  • 12 tomatillos
  • Two large poblano chiles
  • Two medium jalapeño chiles
  • 1 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 12oz cans cannellini beans
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 beers
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Adobo
  • 3 tsp sage
  • 2 tsp basil
  • Salt & black pepper

Debone the chicken. Season evenly on both sides with salt, pepper, adobo, sage, and basil. Reserve.

Peel and rinse the tomatillos. Cut the smallest in half and the larger to roughly that size. Put in a medium saucepan, and add the cider vinegar and one beer. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes or until the tomatillos soften.

Roast the chiles and wrap in plastic to steam them, 15 minutes. Rub or peel off the skin, then remove the seed pits and dice.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot to a shimmer. Add the chicken, skin side down, and brown. Remove before the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Drain on paper towel.

To the pot, add half of the liquid cooked with the tomatillos and deglaze. Add the chiles and onion to the pot and sautée* with a pinch of salt. Once toasted, add the garlic and toast, stirring often 5 minutes. Add the tomatillos and liquid, then the cans of beans, with liquid. salt and pepper the beans before you stir them in. Add the other beer.

Dice the chicken and return to the pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer for an hour. Taste frequently to correct the seasoning.

Serve with white corn tortilla chips and a dollop of sour cream.

* If you started with a whole chicken and have giblets, dice them and add them with the onions and chiles. Skip the kidneys and neck.

xoxo, Patti


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