I finally decided to try it out, and bought the two-pack on Amazon. I have read that along with some health benefits, coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer or even in your hair. I love the smell of coconut, and this particular brand seems to get very good reviews (Nutiva’s Cold-Pressed, Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil). No, they’re not paying me.
While I generally try to fry foods as little as possible, this oil is a fun alternative to my good old standby, olive oil. It does lend a slight coconut-y flavor to foods, but was very good in a chicken-broccoli-pineapple stir fry!
I started looking for other ways to use my new ingredient and found this delightfully yummy cookie recipe!
It made about 12 large chunky, chewy (dare I say decadent) cookies.
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspon baking soda
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In an electric mixer, beat together coconut oil, eggs, and brown sugar until well mixed.
Add remaining ingredients, mixing together just until all are incorporated.
Use a 1/3 cup-measuring cup to form cookies on a cookie sheet.
Bake for 9-11 minutes, or just until the outside of the cookies have browned.
I had a package of silken tofu in my refrigerator for weeks before I finally decided to try baking it. We were pleasantly surprised by how moist and good this cake tasted because it contains no dairy or egg products. This is a vegan recipe. Also, rather than use a lime glaze (as suggested in the original recipe), I decided to melt chocolate over it – Yum!
Tofu Pound Cake
5 oz. silken tofu, drained
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup vanilla soymilk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Coat 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
Although a baby’s natural scent is delightful, it is often enjoyable and pleasant to accentuate it with a scent that brings back fond memories and associations from our own childhood. Interestingly, the scent you choose for your own baby may have a lot to do with your culture! While searching for a pleasing perfume for my own granddaughter, first, I was surprised to find so many varieties, and secondly, I was surprised by the cultural associations of various scents with their babies! Here is a sampling:
Sweet Things Ice Cream Shoppe
1251 Pin Oak Road, Suite 125
(in the Ci Ci’s center, under the tower)
Katy, Texas 77494
281-391-5423 [ 5(ICE)] http://www.sweetthingsnmore.com/
Looking for a sweet treat to cool you off this summer? Sweet Things Ice Cream Shoppe is a hometown, homemade ice cream joint that will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth! They have unique, new flavors every week, such as Red Velvet Cake, Coconut Almond Crunch, and Carmelized Fig and Orange, as well as 100% Fruit Smoothies. They of course also have the oldies, but goodies, chocolate and vanilla. For something more sophisticated, try the Shiner Black Lager ice cream or a Coffee Freeze. If you’re hosting a party this summer, you could try one of their tasty ice cream cakes or consider having them cater the event. The Shoppe also offers kids tours on certain days of the month – contact them for more info. on this fun outing idea!
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