Friday, September 30, 2005


One of my favorite cookbooks is one I ordered through the mail from Tabasco many, many years ago. It's called 16 CLASSIC AMERICAN RECIPES (and the stories of how they began). Unfortunately, it is no longer available. In the next few days I am going to be posting some hearty recipes for fall, several of which come from this book. I'll also try to paraphrase the stories of the recipes origin.

Country Captain Chicken is one of my all time favorite recipes! It is a very southern curry dish that has it's origins with the spice traders who sailed into Savannah from the Spice Islands. It was one of Franklin Roosevelt"s favorite dishes, and he always requested it when he was in residence at the resort in Warm Springs, GA. I served this at carry ins a number of times, always with great success. Now, if I could just find Grandma Clarke's recipe for Currant Tarts, which I used to serve along with it!

2 3lb Chickens (fryers) , quartered (or cut up)
1 cp Flour, seasoned with 2 tsp Salt, 1 tsp. Paprika, 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
1/3 cp Peanut Oil (any oil will work, but I prefer peanut because of its higher burning temp)
3 Tbls. Bacon drippings
2 lg. Yellow Onions, chopped
3 lg. Bell Peppers (I usually use 2 green, 1 red)
3 lg. Garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbls. Curry Powder
1 28 oz can tomatoes (reserve liquid and chop tomatoes)
2 tsp. Tabasco
1 cp. Currants
2 cps. Long Grain Rice (cook as directed)

Dredge Chicken pieces in seasoned flour and let sit on cooling racks for about ten minutes. In a large dutch oven (NOT cast iron) or high sided skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Brown chicken pieces, remove from pot and drain. Remove all but two Tbls. Oil from the pot. Add Bacon drippings and saute the Onions, Peppers, Garlic and Curry Powder over med. low heat until soft. Add Tomatoes w/juice, and Tabasco. Push Chicken pieces down into sauce and spoon some sauce over top of pieces. Adjust heat so liquid bubbles gently. Cover and cook for thirty minutes. Add Currants,cover, and cook for thirty minutes more or until Chicken is tender. Taste for salt and add as needed. Serve with Rice.


  • At 1:20 PM, Blogger Wayne's Mom said…

    MMM-MMM-GOOD!! That makes my MOUTH water! Thanks for sharing!

    I wonder where Roosevelt stayed when he came to Hot Springs...probably at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa.

    Until my husband got transferred to Hot Springs three years ago, I thought Arkansas was mostly about huntin' and fishin' and the wonderful outdoor life. But that's only the beginning!

    We were pleasantly surprised by the wealth of hidden gems here in our new home town. For example, as professional cellist who used to live only three hours away, I was shocked to learn of the first-rate Hot Springs Music Festival, an annual event that attracts 200 pre-professional classical and jazz musicians from around the world.

    (Note: Although I am a travel writer and public relations professional, I am not paid to promote our city nor any of the properties or events I've listed. These are just our personal favorites!)

    Ours is a unique demographic here in Hot Springs, where the median age is 42. A healthy percentage of us have incomes of $100K or more, and we support 12 championship golf courses and 27 non-profit organizations directly related to the visual and performing arts. Having hosted a Historic District Gallery Walk the first Friday of each month for nearly 16 years, Hot Springs was recently named #4 Art Town in America.

    There are definitely other great things to do in addition to the Hot Springs Music Festival, held the first two weeks of June each year. Early September brings the annual Bluesfest and Hot Springs Jazzfest.

    By late October, the city swells with nearly 20,000 people for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, one of four preliminary sites for the Academy Awards in the documentary category.

    From January through April, hotels and restaurants are booming with racing fans at Oaklawn Jockey Club, a 102-year-old thoroughbred racetrack.

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    Looking for lunch? For eclectic urban cuisine, check out the award-winning Cafe 1217, recently featured as one of the best deli's in the country on The Food Network!

    Best of all, Hot Springs is packed with people who understand hospitality. Sure, we have attractions. But without the people who live here, we'd be a ghost town instead of a resort town.

    Local people. Local events. Hot Springs' REAL attraction.
    Come see us!
    Rebecca McCormick, Executive Editor
    Hot Springs Life & Home magazine

  • At 10:44 AM, Blogger Isabella di Pesto said…

    Well this looks like a super recipe. Can't wait to try it.

  • At 9:43 PM, Anonymous ann said…

    i'll have to search for that cookbook on ebay!

  • At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Mark said…

    Ann: i have searched both EBay and No luck!

    If the Tobasco people ever get their site back up and running after the hurricanes, I am going to get in touch with them and see if they can help.

  • At 1:39 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said…

    Looks like a good winter recipe for snowy Canadian Decembers.


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