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July 2018
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Green Coconut Thai Curry Chicken

Yummy Thai goodness, I made this a while back and loved it.  I used store bought curry paste even though my original thought was to make the paste from scratch but all the research I did basically said that most Thai’s don’t  make their own at home so I went the easy way with no regrets. Maybe I will try it on some other post.

4-5 carrots, cut into ¼ to ½ inch rounds 1 medium white onion diced 2 cloves of garlic minced 1 4-ounce can or jar green curry paste 1 can (14oz or so) coconut milk

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Better Then Take-Out Chicken Stir Fry

Stir fries are great because they are easy and fast and can be made with just about anything you have laying around or customized to whatever you are in the mood for right now.  This one is influenced by the Cantonese style with the use of hoisin sauce* as the base sauce.  This was better than anything I have taken out in a long time.  Feel free to swap out veggies you like or sub tofu for the chicken.

3 boneless/skinless chicken breasts cut thin or cubed 1” of fresh ginger peeled and julienned  2 cloves garlic diced Hand

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Grilled Corn Salad

I normally just grill my sweet corn add butter and salt and pepper or use a compound butter with spices and I am done.  I wanted to do something a bit different with this wonderful BBQ side so I went trolling online for inspiration and after getting some ideas I came up with this.

2 ears of corn charred on the grill, kernels cut off of the cob 2 Roma tomatoes, deseeded and copped to your liking ¼ white or red onion sliced into half rings Hand full of fresh basil, leafs torn Several sprigs of fresh thyme

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Spinach Basil Pesto Chicken and Penne

For lunch last Sunday I wanted to make something light, somewhat healthy, and use up some things I had lying around the house before they went bad. I had some chicken, I always have pasta, a little basil, spinach, garlic. What should I make I asked myself, what shall it be? Ahh, a pesto with spinach it will be, I wish I would have had a few other thing ingredients but it was wonderfully awesome and I can always try it with the other options another time. I was cleaning all morning and I really did not want to

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Homemade Pizza w/ Pancetta, Two Types of Mushrooms and Basil:

There is nothing better in the world then a good pizza, and it is rewarding to make your own!  I am now on a quest to make the perfect pie which I have a feeling will take some time considering the many different techniques and varieties of pizza.  Ohhhh the pain </end sarcasm>

The method I tried last night made 3 thin crust personal sized pizzas but could have made two medium sized thin crust pizzas.


¾ cup luke warm water 100-110d F 1 tsp. honey 1 packet or 2 ¼ tsp. dry yeast 1 tsp. salt 2

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Beef Lemon Basil w/ Sautéed Carrots, Zucchini and Mushrooms

A cacophony of flavors that are bright and as spicy hot as you want but this meal still holds a sense of lightness and delicateness that wowed the taste buds.  An ode to a stir-fry for sure and could be easily served with rice or risotto, long noodles of some sort. 

1 lb. chuck roast cubed or cut then 4 carrots cut thin on the bias 1 zucchini cubed up Hand full or so of fresh cramini mushrooms (buttons) chopped same size as zucchini 2 cloves of garlic minced 3 Tbls. fresh basil julienned* (small but long ribbons) half

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