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Jamaican Chicken Curry

Sunny and spicy Jamaican beef curry is the perfect restorative. [Photo graph: Jennifer Olvera]

Spicy Jamaican chicken curry offers an island escape, sans flight.

Note: Scotch bonnet and habanero chilies are extremely hot. Wear plastic gloves and carefully clean knife and all surfaces after cutting. Do not touch your face or eyes while working with the peppers.

If you want to make your curry spice mix from scratch, do so by combining 2 tablespoons each of cumin seeds, whole mustard seeds, and anise, along with 3 tablespoons of coriander seeds and 1 tablespoon each of whole allspice and fenugreek. Toast the mixture in a dry pan over medium heat until fragrant, and add 5 tablespoons of turmeric. Grind in a spice grinder, transfer to a tightly sealed container, and store in a cool, dark place until you're ready to use it.

About the author: Jennifer Olvera is a veteran food and travel writer and author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago." Follow her on Twitter @olverajennifer.

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