Coconut Oil – Seriously amazing!

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I’m South Indian by heritage and it’s very common to drench you hair with it to make sure it’s black and shiny. As a kid, I thought it was gross and I would not allow my mom to touch my hair with it. But what I didn’t know was why our culture used coconut oil in everything from their skin to making food. It has soo many uses for it, it makes your skin smooth, food taste better and also give it a great flavor too. And I really didn’t know much until I had my first kid, when my mom gave my son daily massages with coconut oil she made from scratch. His skin was beautiful with it and smelled soo good, and it helped his mild eczema a lot especially during the winter months. That’s when I was convinced of how great it is and fell in love with it all over again.

Above in the pic is the version I use on almost daily on my kids skin or in my coffee in the morning. Available at any Costco  see link below

http://www2.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11906987&whse=BD_579&topnav=bdoff&cat=11927&hierPath=11260*&Browse=1&lang=en-US

There’s many uses for coconut oil and here are some ways I use it often

- Teaspoon in hot coffee every couple of days

- On bare skin especially before bed, use a small amounts at first to make sure you have no issues and also make sure it’s on bare skin

-  Add a teaspoon of it to vegetable oil for frying chicken breast on the pan cause it makes it juicy and gives it a lot of flavor

- Fry anything with it, it tastes great

- Helps the skin heal especially if you have mild eczema

- Natural conditioner for your hair especially if its really dry especially after you have used a lot of product in it

- Any recipes that uses coconut milk in it, it helps the flavor to be more refined and taste better

I’m sure there are many more ways to use it and I’m still discovering them..

Enjoy!

 

America’s Thai food takeover

Cindy Abraham:

Love Thai food, and looking at this list I need to go to one soon locally.

Originally posted on Eatocracy:

(Travel + Leisure) – If you’ve eaten at a neighborhood Thai restaurant, you’re likely familiar with pick-your-protein Technicolor curries. Odds are you’ve tried papaya salad, spring rolls, and pad thai improbably made with ketchup and maybe even peanut butter.

While many ethnic cuisines are domesticated to Western palates, Thai food may be the most bastardized in America. “We have the same basic Thai dishes over and over again, many of which have nothing to do with Thailand,” says Andy Ricker, the James Beard Award–winning chef behind the bicoastal restaurant empire Pok Pok, known for authentic dishes like charcoal-roasted hen with lemongrass and tamarind.

But for as many sugarcoated Thai restaurants operating in the U.S., there’s an appreciable number of spots doing it right—especially in immigrant-heavy cities like Houston, where Asia Market encourages diners to personally adjust their dishes with condiments like pickled peppers, fish sauce, and chili sauce (nam prik)…

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Foods To NEVER Eat On A First Date

Cindy Abraham:

Great post! I would add something one more about ordering something wayy too spicy that it burns your tongue and lips:). #whoohas not cute

Originally posted on Houston's MIX 96-5:

I’m the last person to give dating advice.

But, when it comes to food I know a thing of two.

And since Valentine’s Day is this week, figure I’d throw some wisdom at ya.

According to the Huffington Post, you should never order this on a first date:

1.) The most expensive thing on the menu.

If you’re not paying, it looks cheap. And if you are paying, you’re not impressing anyone.

2.) Garlic Bread. Do I even have to explain why?

3.) Ribs. You don’t wanna look like you belong on ‘Game of Thrones’!

4.) Noodle Soup. Slurping = not sexy

5.) Baked beans. They’re good for your heart, but the more you eat, the more…well, you know.

You’re welcome.

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Chocolate & Salted Caramel Pecan Pie

Cindy Abraham:

hmmm Yummy!! I want to make this for Thanksgiving or tomorrow:-)

Originally posted on Egos & Buffaloes:

Hello all! I had to reach in my bag for something decadent today. #chocolatefriendsofTenaciousM keep it real! A cross between a fudge pie and pecan pie, this is all the more visually stunning if you arrange the pecans from the center in a spiral pattern. I really enjoy entertaining as an art form. The extra details are always key!

Salted Chocolate Pecan Piesalted chocolate caramel pecan pie 2

Yield: Makes 8 servings
Total: 1 Hour, 20 Minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate Filling
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup 100% cacao unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 cup toasted chopped pecans
1 (9-inch) unbaked deep-dish piecrust shell

Salted Caramel Topping
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon table salt
2 cups toasted pecan halves
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Preparation

1. Prepare Filling: Preheat oven to…

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Spring in 6 weeks?

Well as I look outside the snow is endless on top of the snow we had from every other week it seems. Its been a long winter when I’m looking into gardening and flower buds to plant in the yard. One of my favorite flowers that smell divine is peonies. They are beautiful to look at and come in a variety of pretty pinks.

So instead of this

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I hope to be seeing these instead soon …

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Mexican rice leftover – Thursday night dinner

Thursday night I had some leftover southwestern rice and thought I need to make something. So I looked in my fridge and pantry and took out the following items :

- fresh coriander
– canned sweet corn
– leftover southwestern style bean salad rice
– Hillshire farm chicken sausage
– fresh mushrooms that I chopped and stir fried with olive oil and salt. I usually get fresh mushrooms and cook them and store them in the fridge to use at anytime.
– chi chi’s small tortilla
– mrs renfro’s jalapeño green salsa
– french’s fried onions
– campbell’s sweet potato tomatillo soup
– pepper jack cheese(not pictured)

It sounds like a lot but it’s basically whatever you have in your home. I took the rice and topped it with the soup and salsa with cheese. Corn with fried onions and made sausage, cheese and mushrooms mini quesadilla’s.

See the pics below – enjoy
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