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Some Like It Hot

I love hot, spicy food. I always say if it's going to be hot and spicy, it had better hurt a little; otherwise, it's not hot and spicy enough. I should have been in the SNL "Super Fire Hot Wings" sketch. So, I decided to try a recipe I've never tried before. Chicken Curry.

For Christmas I got some spicy curry powder and decided to put it to good use. This recipe is NOT "super fire hot wings" status. It has just the right amount of heat for people like me to enjoy. If you do not like anything making your tongue the least bit warm don't try this recipe. But if you do enjoy that slight "heat" in your food you will absolutely fall in love with this recipe. I modified it to add a freshness factor by adding scallions, a squeeze of lime and a hint of cilantro. And your house will smell AMAZING when you are cooking it. Here it is and enjoy!

4 boneless chicken breasts – cubed
1 large onion – sliced
1 potato – cubed 6…SIX cloves of garlic – chopped
1 – 13.5 oz can of coconut milk
2 TBLS spicy curry powder (use can use sweet curry powder if you're a wimp)
2 TBLS butter
Olive oil
Salt to taste/pepper to taste
(Ginger's extra "spice it up" ingredients)
1 lime wedge
1 bundle of scallions – chopped (use the whole scallion-root to tip)
1 tiny handful of cilantro – rough chopped
  1. Cut/chop up your potatoes, onions, garlic and chicken. Set aside
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter under low heat. Once melted, add curry powder and whisk together.
  3. Whisk in the can of coconut milk (yes, it will have the cream on top when you open it-liquid on bottom)
  4. Once butter, curry powder and coconut milk are whisked together, keep under low heat
  5. In a separate large skillet, sauté the garlic and onion in olive oil. Once the onions are translucent, add the chicken cubes. Add a couple of big pinches of salt and some freshly ground pepper. Cook chicken until very lightly cooked then add the cubed potatoes and the coconut milk/curry powder mix. Turn heat to high and let come to low boil. Then turn heat down to medium low, cover and let cook for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Serve the mixture over rice and top with a squeeze of lime juice, a generous handful of chopped scallions and a sprinkle of cilantro. Maybe a little soy sauce for another layer of flavor. Perfection!

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Count Your Blessings

My favorite Christmas movie of all time is White Christmas.  Call me corny but I love everything about it.  The era, the clothes, Vera Ellen’s dancing, Rosemary Clooney’s singing, Bing and Danny.  Sigh.  It’s just dreamy. 

There is a song in that movie called “Count Your Blessings”.  Irving Berlin wrote it.  I wonder if he knew what a wake-up call that song would be for many.  While I don’t fall asleep counting my blessings, I do make it a habit to count them before I get out of the bed every morning.  I started with just one blessing, saying I was thankful for a roof over my head.  Then I started thinking of more things like how thankful I am to have my dog, Truman, instead of grumbling that I have to go walk him in sub zero temperatures.  I now start my day listing 10 things I’m thankful for.  Sometimes they change, sometimes they are the same.

Just thinking or saying blessings out loud change your mood.  Some people call it an attitude of gratitude.  So, when you’re worried and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep and you’ll fall asleep (or wake up) counting your blessings.  If you are struggling to find peace and happiness this holiday season, just say out loud one thing that you are grateful for.  I think you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel in that instant and how it gives you strength.     

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Christmas Cactus?

Twenty years ago I won a tiny little Christmas cactus at an office holiday party.  It had pretty little buds on it that opened just a couple of days before Christmas. 

I still have that Christmas cactus only it’s not so tiny anymore.  It has grown into a big, beautiful plant.  And the bigger it gets the earlier it blooms.  It’s been very gradual, almost like it’s trying to see if I will even notice.  Oh, I’ve noticed.  I went from calling it my Christmas cactus to my Thanksgiving cactus since that was when it was starting to bud and bloom.  Well, now I’m going to have to start calling it my Halloween cactus because it was all full of blooms by October 31st

I don’t really care when it blooms just as long as it blooms.  It makes me happy to know that plant is thriving and happy and wants to share its pretty white flowers.  Now, if it starts blooming on the 4th of July that will be a bit troublesome.  I’ll have to blame it on global warming.            

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