Thai Style Stir-fried Beef and Peppers

For Christmas I asked for food magazine subscriptions, and my family obliged. Sometimes I use the recipe as it states, but often I use it for inspiration. There was a recipe for something similar to this in the Food Network magazine, but it included ingredients we either did not have, or do not like (I’m looking at you, fish oil!). So, I took the idea of doing beef with peppers (and some basil and mint), and ran with it. This recipe was really good. And, like some other recipes I like, it does not require marinating the beef! Yay!

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Tomato Soup with Basil Oil and Balsamic Syrup

Maybe you don’t know this about me, but I am super into planning. I plan almost everything. One of my best friends teases me that I plan bathroom breaks, but there is no joking there. I really do. But, it is extremely useful when we would go to the movies and have to sit through long ones like the Lord of the Rings movies. Ugggghhhh. So yes, I am all about timing. I had guests tell me that my wedding day was the smoothest they had ever seen, with everything seeming to fall into place. It was all planned by yours truly (with a little help from some vendors).

What you are looking forward to in this blog post.

What you are looking forward to in this blog post.

This means that when it comes to dinner parties, if I am somewhat in charge like I was this time, there is a written schedule with everything that will be happening.

Changes had to be made due to some travel difficulties.

Changes had to be made due to some travel difficulties.

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Pesto Pasta

Summer means I am in the mood for fresh-tasting foods. My basil plant got kind of sad while I was gone (no water, lots of sun) so I had to buy some basil from the store to make this dish. One thing I did not have to buy was pine nuts, surprisingly. You can actually use other nuts instead of pine nuts, so I substituted some hazelnuts that had been sitting around (and I had the exact amount, too–talk about good luck!).

This is an easy throw-together dish, assuming you have the ingredients. For pesto, you can make different substitutions and just get different flavor profiles. I decided to stick with the basic basil for my greenery, but you could use other herbs or even something like spinach.

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