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Dinner Tonight: Chicken and Pineapple Stir-Fry

So where should I begin? I didn't have a wok. But this pork stir-fry recipe from Things Cook Love looked amazing, and I figured that I would be fine with a smoking-hot iron skillet. I trudged off to the market, only to find that they didn't have the right kind of pork. I got chicken instead, figuring, once again that it'd be fine.

I returned from the market to realize that, though I have a refrigerator full of Asian condiments, I didn't have the sesame soy marinade they were talking about. I didn't even know what it was. A fruitless search ensued in which I came across a dozen recipes that all sounded different. I just decided to wing it. I knew it had soy sauce and sesame oil.

To repeat: I didn't have a wok, didn't have the right meat, and I wasn't quite sure what the marinade was. So why did this thing come together perfectly? It was slightly spicy from the red chili paste and sweet from the pineapple. The chicken was tender and flavorful, and the vegetables were intensely fragrant and crisp. Though this recipe is really for two normal servings, I should admit that I ate both.

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