Thai Curry with Shrimp, Pineapple, and Peanuts

This recipe is a bit dangerous, I should warn you. I have worked with serrano peppers before, so I know how they are. I used that one instead of a jalapeno because it is mild enough for the weak palates in my family. But, when I made the curry paste with the serrano and dried chiles…something was extra spicy! I must have washed my hands at least 10 times before the spice wore off them. I would recommend wearing gloves to be safe. A lesson for next time! Because, yes, we will make this again. The other fun parts for this recipe included the shrimp and the pineapple.

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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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Thai-Style Chicken with Apricot Preserves and Buttermilk Dressing

This recipe was a cooperative effort from Lisa and me. Originally there were supposed to be apricots and skewers but we decided to mix it up and use some apricot preserves she bought while we were at a farmers’ market. All in all, it was a good dish, especially if you like peanut butter! We paired it with some corn and a peach salsa (recycled recipe from a steak dinner the night before). It is a very happy summery dish, just perfect for our hot weather when we didn’t want to hover too long in the kitchen.

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Fast Thai Chicken

Let’s hear it for a quick dinner recipe that doesn’t require marinating the meat ahead of time!  My husband and I often make stir-fries using his mom’s recipes for quick weeknight meals.  They are great, but sometimes we pull the chicken out of the freezer and forget to marinate it in the morning for it to be ready for dinner.

Luckily, I came across a recipe in Soup Addict’s blog.  It solves the problem of not having time to marinade something, but still wanting something tasty and worthy of rice or noodles.

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