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Peanut butter is a precious commodity to me here at $7 a pop at the grocery store or  part of a my 50 lb. weight limit flying back from the US.  So despite my love of combining peanuts with meat, I've resisted flagging many recipes that would use a 1/2 c. of pb in one fell swoop.  It's just a little more tempting to wait and combine it with something chocolate instead ...   But this recipe stated "preferably a natural variety" and natural peanut butter I can DO here.  Th...

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Stir-fry is generally not my thing.  Half the battle is in the fact that I find rice utterly boring to eat.  The other half of the battle might be that Nate is not a big fan of soy sauce.  If we're going to willingly eat stir-fry, it almost always involves noodles instead of rice.  And the good crunch of a nut is added incentive.   I don't even generally eat red peppers and yet this caught my interest.  I guess those cashews got to me and then I imagined how delicio...

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Remember that Asian-Orange Chicken I told you about a few weeks ago, the one that was my debut into Asian cooking on this blog?  Well, it's back again, kinda, sorta.   These Orange and Soy Glazed Chicken Thighs are the rich man's version of orange chicken.  They are the solution to a dinner party where you want to impress but know your guests would be just as happy with some chinese takeout.  Many of the same flavors are married together in a different presentation, leaving y...

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I believe this is my first-ever Asian-inspired post.  About four times a year I get a craving for Chinese food, but that usually means a run to the local Chinese take-out place.  Nate, on the other hand, loves Chinese and considered this a roaring success.  "Tastes just like real take-out," he said.  I'm not sure whether that is a particularly good thing or not, but I'll tell ya what - the leftovers are long gone.   I appreciated being able to control the freshness of th...

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