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The other night I made a recipe for Dhal with Coconut that my cousin's wife had made for a party. Unfortunately I don't have the book name that the recipe comes from, but the copy I have shows the chapter name is "Dhals and Vegetables". I made it with yellow split peas, and it was very yummy with whole grain toast with a little butter on it. I would double or even triple the recipe though. It tastes good as a side dish for days. The hardest ingredient for me to find was unsweetened coconut. I found it at My Organic Market, but I bet any international grocery store would have it.

1/4 tsp. mustard seeds
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 c. (45g) chopped onion
1 tsp. minced garlic
Spice mixture
- 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)
- 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
1 c. (180g) thoor dhal or yellow split peas
2 1/2 c. (600 ml) water
1/4 c. (30g) grated unsweetened coconut
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. ghee

In a small covered frying pan over medium-high heat, fry the mustard seeds in oil until they begin to pop. Add onion and fry uncovered until edges are browned.. Add garlic and spice mix and fry 20 seconds while stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

In a separate saucepan bring the dhal/split peas and water to boil. Turn down the heat and ad the onion mix. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes (45 for split peas).

Mash it with the back of a spoon or potato masher, and stir in coconut and salt. Simmer 5-10 minutes. Add a little water if mix gets too thick, and stir to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Stir in lemon juice, remove from heat and stir in ghee.
The next recipe I want to try is roast chicken with Grand Marnier> (although this Amaretto roasted chicken also looks divine!) I have a chicken thawing in the fridge right this minute and plenty of Gran Gala that I bought in previous holiday seasons to get the matching glasses that came with the liqueur. I'm a sucker for pretty kitchen items and glassware, but I don't drink all that much so the alcohol hangs around the house. I did find an icing/glaze for orange cake that was incredibly easy. I think it would taste good on just about any other flavor cake too. (I'll post it when I find it.)

For those of you who read my posts, you'll notice I tend to have a lot of recipes. I try to relay any successful #recipes; they have to be tasty and easy. This started since I've been trying to cook more at home to save money. It tastes better than much restaurant fare anyway!

So of COURSE I come home the other day and my stove top has given up the ghost. No warning, and all four burners do not get hot. At least the stove is working fine. I can't wait for my new $30 two-burner hot plate to arrive. I can't afford a whole new stove/oven, and I don't really want a microwave, so the hot plate and my reliable crock pot and rice pot will have to do. And I have plenty of good recipes for them.

Until then, does anyone have any non-burner, non-microwave recipes they recommend?

A last few hurrahs. (Thank you Salvaricade62.)

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I don't care if your four year old is dressed for Toddlers and Tiaras, no one has the right to leer at her (okay the judges make that confusing but work with me here). I do not care if your eight year old is wearing wildly inappropriate clothing, adult men do not have the right to ogle her. I do not care if your 13 year old looks "grown up" and might be mistaken for the ripe old age of 16. She is a child and should not be touched. "Skanky little girls" (and how I detest all that implies) deserve defending with the same vigor as a nun or an asexual old woman.

Our daughters need to hear over and over again that they are worth protecting. They don't need to wear a burka to walk the streets comfortably and when they're treated poorly and someone says, "What was she wearing?" our daughters need to be strong enough to look that person in the eye and say, "It doesn't matter and it never will."
I love Andy Kehoe's artwork. Go buy lots of prints from him.

"Don't trust the happy. The happy are insane."

Ha, these vegan recipes sound pretty good! Almond milk in mashed potatoes (show them no mercy!) with a little garlic powder and chopped green onions sounds quite edible! "You can get all sorts of cool shit at the local farmers market."

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