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Curried Coconut Chicken with Cilantro and Cashews

SOOO, how many words beginning with the letter C do you think I can cram in to one sentence?

 There is just something about hot weather that has me craving really spicy foods. Well, I guess it makes sense - spicy foods raise your body temperature which makes you sweat, and that actually cools your body down. Spicy foods can also rev up your metabolism which could help you lose weight. And here's something I found really interesting - eating spicy foods can also release endorphins in your body. When you eat something really spicy, your body thinks it is in pain and endorphins are your own all- natural, built- in painkillers. The expression " hurts so good " kind of makes sense to me now.

Curried Coconut Chicken with Cashews and Cilantro
serves: 4

1 lb. boneless chicken, sliced thinly or cut into chunks
canola oil for cooking
1 small onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 -2 Thai chili peppers (or to taste), minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 14 oz can coconut milk
1 Tbsp. curry powd…

Balsamic- Glazed Meatloaf

Meatloaf seems to be one of those things you either love or hate. I am willing to bet that the haters of the world have only experienced the worst that the meatloaf world has to offer. At its best, meatloaf  could rival  the finest cut of meat in flavour and texture. At its worst - well, let's just say, I could probably find something more appetizing in the dumpster behind my house.

I think this one will convert any meatloaf hater.

Balsamic-Glazed Meatloaf

2 slices of fresh white bread
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 medium onion, finely grated
2 cloves garlic, finely grated
chopped fresh thyme
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 egg, beaten
2 1/2 lbs. combination of ground pork and lean ground beef
salt and pepper to taste


2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp ketchup

Mix together.

Preheat oven to 375 F. In a food processor, pulse the bread to make fine crumbs. Soak the crumbs in the red wine for five minutes before mixing the remaining ingredients (through to the salt and pepper) together. DO NOT OVER MIX.…

Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city

Love that song! It is getting to be that time again. The snow has finally melted and we are well on our way to a beautiful summer. I don't know about you, but my kitchen gets brutally hot in the summer. Most of the time I don't even want to turn on the stove, so I have to come up with no-cook recipes.  This is a simple salad with a lot of flavour. It's inexpensive, healthy and the best part - no cooking involved.

Mediterranean Lentil Salad

1 14 oz. can lentils or chick peas, rinsed and drained
1 clove garlic, finely minced
2 scallions, trimmed and sliced thinly
1 cup of grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 peeled cucumber, peeled and seeds scraped out with a spoon, diced
1 rib of celery, diced
small handful fresh cilantro, chopped
finely chopped pickled hot peppers, to taste
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
1/2 ts…

10 for Tuesday: Quick and Easy Dips

Caramelized Onion Dip -   Thinly slice two large yellow onions .  Heat a pat of butter and a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet. Add onions, a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper, and a pinch of fresh thyme. Cook over medium - low heat until  caramelized and soft, about 45 minutes, stirring often. De glaze with a splash of balsamic vinegar. Cool. Mix with 1 1/2 cups sour cream and 1/2 cup mayo. Pulse in food processor for a few seconds. Serve with  potato chips.

Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip - Mix together 1 cup sour cream, 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 lb. crumbled blue cheese, 4 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce  and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve with sweet potato chips.

Tzatziki - Mix 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 seedless cucumber grated, 1 clove garlic, finely minced, chopped fresh dill, 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Chill for …