Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 5-6 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • ½-1 tsp. Sriracha
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • ½ tsp. salt

Add 1st 3 ingredients to a pot over med. High heat. When mixture reaches a boil, add the next 2 ingredients. Let simmer for a couple of min., and then add the Sriracha. In a separate bowl, mix 1 tbsp. water and cornstarch until cornstarch dissolves. Bring the sauce in the pan to a low boil, and then add cornstarch mixture and salt. Continue to cook and stir for about 3-5 min., or until mixture reaches desired thickness. Cool the sauce, and use for dipping.

Mushroom “Meat” Balls

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsps. Olive oil
  • 1 med. Onion, chopped
  • 10-20 oz. mushrooms, minced in the food processor
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup chopped parsley (optional)
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper

In a lg. skillet, sauté onion until tender. Add mushrooms and garlic, and cook on med. High until all liquid is absorbed, and mushrooms are browning. Turn off heat, and set aside to cool some. Mix together all other ingredients, and add mushroom mixture. Refrigerate about 2 hrs. to develop texture. Preheat oven to 400º. Use a cookie scoop to make small balls, and place on greased baking sheet. Bake for about 15 min., and then toss in marinara sauce or over prepared spaghetti.

He did not love her…

He did not love her. At least, that’s what he told himself before he left. She was out to get him, clearly. A vicious being, disguised in that armor of beauty he fell so hard for years ago. A long time ago, and he was just a kid then anyway. He saw her tears, as she begged him to give her answers, to make her understand. It was a trick. Anyone can make themselves cry. She just wanted to use him. Because, as much as he covered the thought, it seeped out to remind him that he had used her. But he wasn’t doing that again. No, she deserved everything she was getting this time.

He just wanted someone to talk to; she should have kept it a secret. I mean, look at her perfect life. She deserved to take the blame before he should face what he did. I mean, he had a family at stake and couldn’t afford to throw them away for her questions. He didn’t owe her a damn thing. She probably planned this all along to ruin him. There’s no way that she meant those words. The hell with the look in her eyes. Blue eyes are overdone anyway.

What did he ever see in her? She was just a tag-along–someone to keep him company. It was stupid to reach back out. Just a weak moment, but there was no feeling behind it. He just wanted someone to hear him, and he knew what a pathetic soul she had become. Nothing he would want to tie himself into again.

She was too good for him anyway. All she talked about was him going to college and being responsible. What a waste of life. He was right where he belonged.

Let her keep her pictures of stiff memories. None of theirs had meaning anyway. He was just going along for the ride. He realized he hadn’t gotten to taking that one picture out from his truck, but he would definitely burn it soon. He just didn’t have time to throw it away is all. Besides, he looked good in that picture. Let the picture collect dust, as he leaves her in it right here. His mind fought the drop that slid from his eye as he walked away—He did not love her.