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Ziti with Spicy Peanut Shrimp
Jul 7th, 2004

Here's a really good, easy recipe that I got from the blog An Invitation to the Barbecue. The author tweaked it a bit, but the original recipe is from Cooking Light.

Anyway, I usually don't like recipes that substitute Italian pasta for Asian noodles - if they recommend using spaghetti for cold sesame noodles instead of rice noodles, I'm out of there. That's just nasty - but this is good. I think the round tube pastas have a bit more chewiness to them that matches up well with the fairly dry sauce. I served this with young zucchini, sliced in matchsticks, and sauteed in a bit of oil.

Also, I was a bit hesitant about the veggies in this dish - carrots, onions, spinach - but really, they're key. Just be sure to cut the carrots into really small matchsticks, and they provide a nice amount of sweetness and crunch. And the spinach soaks up the spicy sauce to an amazing degree. Some chopped cilantro and red pepper flakes sprinkled on top before serving aren't a bad idea either.


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Hey, tried another of Kymmie's delights and loved it! We were short on ingredients so there were some modifications. Subsituted chardonnay for rice vinegar, basil for spinach, rice noodles for ziti (I just couldn't bring myself to use Italian pasta, sorry). Also added lime juice at the end and some fresh snap peas, then served with a salad of baby greens, scallions, dried cherries, more snaps and sunflower seeds with a ginger vinegarette (I have never spelled that word right!). It was truly wonderful. Thanks for the recipe, I will definately use it again.

We ate while watching the Democratic National Convention and I really thought Kerry did a great job. Now if we can just get him elected...

-posted by katie on Mar 13th, 2006
Three cheers for another successful recipe transplant to Whitefish. How embarrassing would it be if I just babbled on here as I do and when people tried some of the recipes I rave about, they sucked! Luckily, I usually lift my recipes from actual qualified sources which reduces the chances of that happening.

I'm with you on the Italian/Asian pasta thing Katie, I can't believe I actually got myself to make this one with ziti, but it actually does work. Rice noodles would be the logical choice though. Do try it with rice vinegar when you're resupplied though, it contributes that special something to Asian dishes. That salad sounds good, I may have to steal it. What's your ginger vinaigrette recipe? (Just think French and pretentious when attempting to spell that one, it will get you there).

-posted by kymm on Mar 13th, 2006
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