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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…

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 …