Porch Sittin

By on 18 March, 2011 in Cooking, Davena McRae, Food, Outdoors with 1 Comment

This week’s unseasonably warm weather has prompted quite a bit of chillaxin’ on my front porch. (For those of you confused, it’s the hybrid of chillin’ and relaxin’.)

I have coerced “the husband”  into waking early to join me on the porch as we brave the pollen-dusted swing, listen to the news and gulp down several cups of coffee. By the time the sun starts to set, our brains are tired, our thumbs are worn out by smart phones, and we are ready to end the day pretty much the way we started (well, almost … we do substitute wine for the coffee.) When the weather is this perfect, we do not want to be stuck in the house, let alone the kitchen. We look for meals that are delicious, can be prepared quickly, shared with others, and most importantly, enjoyed while sitting on the porch. Enjoy!

Davena McRae is a chef and cooking class instructor living in Montgomery, Alabama. She is the mother of three dogs and the wife of one man.


•    4 garlic cloves
•    8 tablespoons butter
•    1 cup dry white wine
•    1 cup heavy cream
•    ½  teaspoon black pepper
•    2 lbs mussels, rinsed well
•    2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Cook garlic with butter in a wide 6- to 8-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat, covered, stirring occasionally, until garlic is softened, about 5 minutes.

Add wine and bring to a boil, then stir in cream, pepper, salt, and mussels. Cook, covered, checking after 5 minutes and transferring opened mussels into large bowl with a slotted spoon. (Discard any that remain unopened after 8 minutes.)
Stir parsley into broth and pour over mussels.

Serve with crusty bread!

These mussels are especially delicious paired with a medium bodied, fruity white wine with a fair bit of acidity, such as a Sauvignon Blanc or a German Riesling.

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  1. charlane says:

    i must say, your porch is the perfect place for chillaxin’….thanks again for a great time.

    I look forward to a lot more relaxed recipes.

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