Going Coo Coo for Coconut Oil

My friend Kate is really into her essential oils.  Peppermint, Lavander, Tea Tree; The list goes on and on.
Each oil is supposed to be a remedy for anything from bloatedness to a nasty hangover.
One oil that she talked about the most was the Coconut Oil.  She traveled with a vat of it.  She told me it was good for wrinkles, sunburn, ecxema, and hair strength.  That’s just on the outside of your body.
If you actually injest it, either with cooking or eating a bit straight, it is said to naturally aid in weightloss, immunity, and digestion.
People, I couldn’t just listen.  I slathered up.  I chomped down.  And now, I love me some Coconut Oil!
Just a tip though, if you rub it on and get in the car without washing your hands first,  your steering wheel WILL get oily.  Driving WILL become dangerous.  And if it is summer, your oily steering wheel will get Hotter than Hell and you can burn off all of your newly soft and beautiful skin.

Let’s Cook!

Curried Pumpkin Chicken
serves 4

2 1/2 lbs Chicken Thighs
2 Tb Coconut Oil
1 Large Sweet Onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 c Water
2 tsp Tomato Bullion*
2 Cans Pure Pumpkin Puree
1 Can Coconut Milk
2-3 Tb Chili Garlic Sauce**
2 Tb Powdered Curry
1 tsp Powdered Ginger
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 375 F.
In an oven-safe frying pan, heat 1 Tb Coconut Oil.  
Salt and Pepper both sides of chicken thighs.  
Over medium heat, brown thighs by setting them in frying pan and not moving them for about 4 minutes.  
Flip and repeat.
Place entire frying pan in oven and cook for 20 minutes.
While chicken is cooking, heat 1 Tb coconut oil to a large saute pan.
Over medium heat, saute onion until translucent.
Add garlic and continue to saute 1 additional minute.
Add water and bullion, stirring until bullion has dissolved.  Add remaining ingredients, stirring after each one.
Season with salt to taste.
Let simmer for 15 minutes.  Nestle the chicken in the sauce and continue to simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
Serve over rice.

*Found in Latin section of International foods.  Chicken Bullion can be used instead.
**Generally found next to Siriacha in gorcery stores.

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