Spicy Coconut Noodles

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Coconut! I am a devoted coconut lover. Coconut cake. Coconut cookies. Coconut ice cream. A few days ago I made individual chocolate coconut cream pies that will be appearing on this blog as soon as I sit down and write the post. I love 'em all. But coconut desserts are the easy part...what's really exciting is finding a recipe that lets you incorporate coconut into the main course...now we're talking! I've run into a few of these over the years, and they have a special place in my crazy conglomerate of a recipe collection. Coconut shrimp risotto, for example. Coconut fusilli. I even have a recipe for a coconut soup. But for a coconut lover like me, you can never have too many coconut recipes, so I was more than happy to add another one to my collection. The light sauce is a combo of sweet coconut milk with spicy chili sauce and tomato sauce, and the pasta gets tossed with this sauce, some scallions and bean sprouts and fresh basil and topped with...you guessed it, more coconut! And Read More & Get the Recipe

Pad Thai

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This is most definitely the suburban New Jersey version of pad thai, and I say that with pride. Let me explain. A couple of weeks ago the New York Times ran an article, complete with recipe, for pad thai. My friend S sent it to me first, followed by about a thousand or so other folks. Who knew pad thai was so popular? I've had it a couple of times in the past and had always figured it fell into the chicken-fried steak rule (click here for an explanation of that weird little reference), but I am a girl who loves a challenge, and so I put it on the menu for last week. And then I looked at the ingredients. Tamarind paste? Mom!!! (Between my mother and Fairway, I really don't have a decent excuse for not coming up with the accurate ingredients for things.) Tamarind paste, for those of you who are wondering, is a thick, smooth paste that looks a lot like a solidified version of soy sauce, and it's definitely key to the flavor of this dish, so if you are going to mess with the Read More & Get the Recipe