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Christmas Memories, Thai Kitchen, and a Cookbook Giveaway

For the longest time I’ve associated Asian flavors with Christmastime. I think it hearkens back to some holiday thirty-some years ago when my mom picked up takeout from Lui’s Kitchen and we ate it in front of the fireplace, seated at the coffee table. And then there was the Christmas Eve not too long ago when my Christmas Eve dinner plan bit the dust and we headed out for a Feast.

For some people it’s tamales, panettone, or Lebkuchen that bring them comfort at the holidays, but for me I’ll take some noodles in a box.

Now, Asian takeout can be pretty pricey, so it is always nice to learn how to make some dishes yourself at home. Summer Rolls are something I think I’ve gotten the trick of. And it’s always fun to have help.

Thai Kitchen recently sent me a recipe to try as well as some ingredients to test out. Since I love Pad Thai they were kind enough to send that. Yum!

The recipe was super easy to follow and didn’t call for too many ingredients that I don’t normally buy. I think I needed to add peanuts and bean sprouts to my shopping list, but other than those — and the Thai Kitchen ingredients — I had the other basics. I  made it for lunch one afternoon and it was a super easy to pull together in a short amount of time.Just make sure that you read directions carefully. I ended up cooking 14 ounces of noodles instead of 4 ounces. Yeah, we’re rich in noodles.

While it wasn’t exactly like what I get when I go out for Thai, it was a delicious lunch. (If you want set-your-mouth-on-fire Thai, you’ll need to spice this baby up.)

Having an arsenal of easy to make, ethnic recipes to try your hand out keeps the spice in your life, especially at holiday time. So, I’m really pleased to offer this giveaway.

Two winners will receive Thai Kitchen cookbooks!

Keep it or give it as a Christmas gift.

Ways to Enter:

There are three ways that you can enter this giveaway. Pick one, pick ‘em all.

1. Leave a comment, telling us your favorite Asian dish.

2. Follow @ThaiKitchen and @FishMama on twitter and tweet about this giveaway. Then come back here and leave a separate comment with your twitter handle, telling me you did so.

3. Subscribe to LifeasMOM in a reader or via email and leave a separate comment, telling me you subscribe.

This giveaway will be open until Sunday night, August 1st at 8 pm, PST. Winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. You have 48 hours from the time I send the email to respond, otherwise I reserve the right to choose another winner.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED.

- Disclosure: Thai Kitchen has provided this prize for giveaway as well as product samples for me to review. I was not compensated for publishing positive comments. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

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  1. I LOVE pad thai noodles too! I’ve started making my own over the last few years, tweaking it as I go!

  2. I also subscribe via google reader!

  3. Kate M. says:

    My favorite dish is chicken fried rice… YUM!!!!

  4. I like moo shu, spring rolls, pickled ginger… yum!

  5. Diana H. says:

    We don’t eat a whole lot of asian food in our family (mostly because my husband doesn’t like it). But once I had this shrimp coconut soup that was out of this world. It was from a Thai restaurant (can’t remember the name now). Yummy!

  6. Diana H. says:

    I subscribe via email!

  7. Pad Thai!!

  8. I subscribe!

  9. I absolutely LOVE egg rolls. I think I could eat them every day, and it would most likely be for breakfast. There’s nothing like a delicious, flavorful breakfast!!!

  10. I subscribe too!

    On another note, my cousin gave me a recipe for Pad Thai Pizza. I need to get around to making it soon.

  11. I’m a sesame chicken junkie. :)

  12. im supposed to pick one? we love asian food here…sesame chicken, eggrolls, spring rolls, fried rice, thai iced tea, oh my!

  13. susan T. says:

    I love pad thai too.

  14. susan T. says:

    I also subscribe via the RSS reader/blog.

  15. Rebecca says:

    I really enjoy chicken chow mein, sweet and sour pork, broccoli beef and egg rolls.
    Go Indians!!!
    Rebecca

  16. we eat a *lot* of asian food. I like so much it’s hard to choose a favorite. For thai, probably drunken noodles.

  17. Pineapple fried rice from our local Thai restaurant. Plus, their money bags are just plain yummilicious!

  18. I love pad thai. I have been meaning to try to make my own!

  19. Tessa B. says:

    pad thai is my favorite!

  20. Tessa B. says:

    i subscribe via google reader!

  21. I have to say fried rice with any meat would be my favorite, with egg rolls or spring rolls on the side.

  22. I subscribe to your blog.

  23. Sarah R. says:

    I love all thai but especially spring rolls. Yum!

  24. I’m an email subscriber

  25. I’m a fan of Lo Mein. It must be the carb addict in me ;)

  26. Pad Thai!!! :)

  27. I’m an email subscriber!

  28. we love asian food. I think I have the only 5 year old who thought at 3 years old that Chinese was better than burgers. Her little sister appears to be following in her footsteps!

    Their favorite is usually “sloppy noodles” also known as chow mein.

  29. And I am a subscriber

  30. I love Asian food…any will do nicely. Pad Thai is yummy and I’m always trying to make it at home!

  31. I’m a subscriber.

  32. Marissa says:

    Curry Chicken and egg rolls

  33. My favorite Asian dish is chicken and broccoli with fried rice.

  34. Catherine says:

    My favorite Asian dish is chicken satay, with extra peanut sauce!

  35. Catherine says:

    I am a subscriber too.

  36. Bethanny says:

    cold noodles, or egg rolls!

  37. I absolutely love fried rice.

  38. I’m a subscriber.

  39. I like egg rolls. Could eat those for dinner and nothing else!

  40. All of it! :) Just one…..pad thai!

  41. I subscribe via rss

  42. Hey! My favorite asian dish is peanut chicken! I can’t get enough! Thanks for the giveaway.

  43. Stir-fry, eggrolls, cream cheese wontons, potstickers, yum! I haven’t branched out very much, but pad thai sounds yummy!

  44. I subscribe via google.

  45. Kathryn says:

    I enjoy Pad Thai with shrimp! I’ve never thought to make my own…you’ve inspired me though!

  46. I love mongolian beef.

  47. I tweeted and included you! @desmoinesdealin

  48. I subscribe in RSS feed

  49. I love egg rolls, sweet and sour chicken, fried rice…Yum!

  50. I am subscribed through google reader. Thanks for the giveaway!

  51. I love me some dumplings or homemade soft egg rolls! Pad thai is great too:)

  52. Orange chicken and chow mein noodles!

  53. I’m a big fan of both Pad Thai and pork fried rice (at home version) but I like mine with a little heat!

  54. I subscribe by email… I get all my favorite right in my in box. It’s like have a present in my email every day.

    My Christmas food memories are brisket and fried chicken. We subscribe to the idea that Christmas should be simple and welcoming to visitors. So Christmas eve is spent cooking both brisket and fried chicken along with the complementary potato salad, frito bean salad and bake mac & cheese. There is always something to serve any visitors and food is ready whenever any one is ready to eat. So our Christmas day is layed back and relaxing because no one is stressing over food or entertaining. Of course there are pies, cakes and homemade candy too.

  55. Now I’m hungry for Asian food and it’s the middle of the night. But I could still go for a noodle bowl

    I follow you on twitter @vikkiskitchen

  56. Teslaca says:

    I have many favorite Asian dishes, but the best would have to be Shabu Shabu. It’s wonderful to share with a small group of friends.

  57. Karen P. says:

    Oh, yummy! We love egg rolls!

  58. Karen P. says:

    I subscribe by google reader.

  59. Jennifer says:

    We love Thai, but I’ve never tried to make it!

  60. Jennifer says:

    I subscribe via RSS.

  61. Curry Chicken!!!

  62. I also subscribe by google reader.

  63. Sweet and sour chicken, spring rolls, pad thai, and more. We like it because our local Chinese take-out place is cheap, cheap, cheap and for a low $ we get enough food for three meals each. Love that!

  64. Orange Chicken & Rice.

  65. Subscriber

  66. Melissa says:

    Egg rolls!!

  67. Christine says:

    I love Pad Thai! So yummy!

  68. Egg rolls, every time.

  69. I subscribe!

  70. My husband really likes pad thai – he’d be thrilled if I had an easy recipe (or more) to make it for him!

  71. I’m an e-mail subscriber

  72. I love chicken panang.

  73. Suburban Prep says:

    I like chicken with pea pod.

  74. Favorite is Sesame Chicken…if I could only make the sauce at home! yummy

  75. I’m an email subscriber.

  76. I love noodles, almost any type.

  77. My favorite dishes are pad thai with fried tofu, and spring rolls with thai basil and tofu. YUM! I love all of the dipping sauces.

  78. My favorite is Japanese Teriyaki Chicken!!

  79. I’m an email subscriber.

  80. Amanda Y. says:

    I love spring rolls. And sticky rice with mango for dessert!

  81. Amanda Y. says:

    I’m an email subscriber!

  82. love any type of noodle dish. follow you now on twitter.
    thanks for the posting.

  83. I think Pad Thai is my favorite too! But I never make it at home.

  84. @amurrayrubin- tweeted twitted done! Love me some Phad Thai!

  85. This is a tough choice – many Asian dishes that I love, but I think Orange Chicken would be tops on my Asian foods list. Or if I’m really in the mood to splurge something along the lines of Sesame Shrimp. But, that doesn’t happen very often around here.

  86. I love moo goo gai pan :).

  87. Email Subscriber to your Blog.

  88. Chicken pad thai – my favorite too! Yum!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  89. I subscribe through RSS reader.

  90. I love all sorts of Asian foods, but my favorite has to be Pad Prig King from our excellent local Thai restaurant. I love Thai food!

  91. I follow you in an RSS reader.

  92. Adrienne says:

    Hmm… I love Thai peanut noodles and Thai curry.

  93. I love Pad Thai! Yum!

  94. Already a subscriber!

  95. One of my fav Asians dishes is a Tofu drop soup I discovered this week.

  96. I am a subscriber!

  97. Stephanie R says:

    I love noodles of any kind, but being pregnant right now I am craving fried rice a LOT!

  98. Joellen Foster says:

    We love Asian food! Spring rolls, summer rolls, pad thai, tom yum, hot and sour soup…there are too many good things to pick just one.

  99. Joellen Foster says:

    and I subscribe via Google reader.

  100. Heather A says:

    Drunken noodles are my favorite!

  101. Heather A says:

    I’m a subscriber!

  102. We love Thai! Our favorite is a peanut chicken recipe I cut out of the paper years ago!

  103. I’m a subscriber via email.

  104. I like to make kung pao chicken. It’s easy, and the peanuts add protein.

  105. Colleen says:

    I subscribe via email. Love your site!

  106. I subscribe through a reader and follow on FB! My husband is a total Thai food junkie and the Pad Wun Sen from Sawaddee in Boulder is so my favorite!

  107. I have loved and will always love lo mein. Add shrimp, chicken, or beef and I’m good to go!

  108. Ruth Hill says:

    I love sesame chicken, but I will certainly eat anything Asian. I haven’t gotten to eat much Thai food, but I sure love it.

  109. Ruth Hill says:

    e-mail subscriber

  110. My favorite is pancit. It’s a Filipino noodle dish that is very versatile and quick to prepare. And a great way to use up leftover veggies and meat. I’ve even made it using whole wheat spaghetti.

  111. My favorite dish is Moo Shu pork or chicken with noodles. I found the recipe on Rachael Ray’s website and it’s become a favorite in our house. (pretty cheap and healthy, too)

  112. I subscribe via Reader. :)

  113. Elizabeth R says:

    I like general tso’s chicken.

  114. Elizabeth R says:

    I subscribe by email.

  115. I love pad thai! YUM! Also peanut curry noodles

  116. I subscribe via RSS

  117. Jennifer says:

    Hmm… I love asian food! Probably either pad thai or dumplings!

  118. Charlotte says:

    My favorite is Lo Mein .

  119. Sweet and sour chicken with rice

  120. I subscribe in a reader

  121. i love orange chicken!

  122. i subscribe in google reader

  123. We really love Asian food in our family as well. I’m not sure that I can pick a favorite. I enjoy the spicy things with a bit of kick but one of my favorites is a simple soup that we get at a local Japanese place that is so yummy. It has lots of subtle flavors and veggies in it and is so tasty.

  124. My husband loves thai food. I love anything with peanut sauce & he goes for the more spicy flavors.

  125. Jennifer P says:

    RSS reader who loves Thai!

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