By Karin Calloway

Karin Calloway is a working mom living in Augusta, Ga., with multiple freelance jobs and a ton of dirty dishes.

Casual Thai

As the lazy days of summer wind down, you may have grown tired of the traditional barbecues and cookouts of the season. While summer entertaining, with its more casual style, is appealing, you're probably looking for an alternative to the same old menus.

This month's Casual Thai menu features simple recipes for an informal dinner for family or friends. Salmon Burgers get an Asian accent and are paired with a light, delicious (although not completely authentic) Thai-Style Slaw. The slaw is excellent served as a condiment for the burgers.

Grilled Eggplant and Tofu Sates are perfect for your vegetarian friends, or as a side dish for the meat eaters among your group, and the creamy peanut sauce takes the flavor of the sates to another level.

Dessert is a simple Mango Mousse, that is actually more of a tropical panna cotta since unflavored gelatin binds the ingredients together. The dessert is the perfect finish to this Thai-inspired menu.

If you'd like to add another side dish or two, check out my recipes for Jasmine Fried Rice, Fried Rice with Pineapple or Cucumber-Peanut Salad on this site.

Recipes:

Peaches Foster with Pecan Shortbread
Living in Georgia near the South Carolina state line means I have access to the best peaches in the country, in my opinion, from June through August no matter which direction I turn. I pick up the season’s best and then peel, slice and turn the gems into pies and preserves.
Coconut-Mango Mousse
Fresh, ripe mangoes are the perfect finale at a Thai-inspired meal. But you can turn those perfect mangos into something a little more special by turning them into a mousse.
Fragrant Thai-Inspired Coleslaw
This slaw is delicious served atop the burgers, but is also delicious with simple grilled salmon or tuna steaks or with the addition of steamed shrimp or shredded chicken to be served as a light main course.
Thai Salmon Burgers
Burgers are back and showing up in new and unusual ways on restaurant menus all around the country. These Thai Salmon Burgers follow the trend, and are a delicious alternative to standard ground beef burgers.