Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup with Shrimp

I used this as inspiration for a dish I made last night. I cooked the butternut squash ahead of time in the microwave, skipped the brown sugar, added pineapple juice since I had some in the fridge, used basil instead of cilantro since that’s what I had, and used a hot curry spice. I served it over brown rice. Was delicious!

 

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/butternut-squash-and-coconut-soup-shrimp

Chocolate Chili Cherry Cookies

Yesterday I bought a new spice called Chocolate Chili, which has cocoa nibs with 4 different kinds of chili peppers, cinnamon, juniper berries, oregano, allspice, salt, maple sugar, onion, garlic and coffee! Wow, what a mix! This had me thinking it would be good in a chocolate based cookie. Then I was thinking cherries! An online search brought me to this recipe. I have an annual cookie contest/exchange I need a cookie for and I’m going to give this recipe a try, substituting my new spice. I’m not sure about the onion and garlic though. It’s far down on the ingredient list so maybe it won’t affect it. We will see. If it works out, to the contest it goes!

Update:  These turned out pretty gross. The spice was too much. If I did it over, I would only use chili powder and just a touch.

http://thenakedbeet.com/chocolate-chili-cherry-cookies/