Star Turn: Ayesha Curry

This foodie mom already has a devoted fan base in daughters Riley, 4, and Ryan, 1, and her NBA phenom husband, Stephen Curry. 

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Photography By: Caroline Egan/Coer de la Photography

With the release of her debut cookbook, The Seasoned Life, she’s sharing her game plan with the rest of the world. 

Hoop Dreams

I played basketball for a short time in sixth grade. I shot the ball in the wrong basket, and that was the end of that!

Mr. Sandman

When Stephen isn’t on the road, he loves to take over the bedtime duties. He’s really good at getting the girls to settle down and has a hundred times more patience than I do.

Teamwork

I once hosted a nine- course Thanksgiving dinner for everybody at our house. My mom and sister were my sous chefs—we knocked it out of the park. It was crazy, but it worked!

Short-Order Cook

Riley told me, “I want to be a cooker too.” I said, “You mean a chef ?” She replied, “Yeah, a cooker, that’s what I said!”

Bless the Mess

When it comes to parenting, Stephen and I are pretty casual. It’s chaotic in our house, and neither of us minds.

Soul Food

When you prepare a good meal for somebody, they’ll never forget it. It’s my mission to make people happy one bite at a time—as corny as that may sound. 

Ayesha Curry's Recipe for Bananas Foster

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter

1 packed cup dark brown sugar

3 or 4 bananas, sliced crosswise

1/4 cup spiced rum 

Splash of heavy cream (optional)

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medi- um-high heat. When the butter is bubbly, sprinkle in the brown sugar and stir to combine. Return to a simmer and add the bananas, tossing to coat and warm through. 

Pour in the rum and tip the pan toward the burner to encourage the rum to flambé, or catch fire. Or, if you’re cooking on an electric or induction burner, light a long lighter or match and carefully hold it near the surface of the sauce to flambé. The flame cooks off the alcohol. If the sauce looks a little broken, with the butter separating from the sugar, add a splash of cream to help bring it back together. Serve immediately with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired. 

Serves 6