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What's for Dinner: Dinner on the Fly

Bring aviation history to life with this dinner menu
Chicken Stir Fry
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Not feeling inspired by your usual dishes? Here's what's for dinner.

May 20 might seem like an ordinary day, but it was on this day in 1927 that Charles Lindbergh made the first solo flight across the Atlantic. Five years later, on the same day, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to make the same flight. And then seven years later, Pan American airlines started offering regular transatlantic service. Rather than cash in your frequent-flier miles for a celebratory flight (you know what they say about airplane food), make this first class dinner menu tonight.

① Drink: Original Mai Tai
With this tropical cocktail in hand, you won't need an airplane to get to an island state of mind. Accept no imitations: This is the original recipe for the tiki classic, with no added colors to distract from its bright, fruity flavor.

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② Snack: Trail Mix with Ginger, Nuts and Coconut
You always perk up at the sound of the drinks cart, waiting for the flight attendants to dole out the packets of nuts. They may be hypersalted and slightly stale, but free is free. Make your own snack mix instead, filled with a variety of nuts and plenty of interesting spices.

③ Main Course: Chicken, Basil and Bok Choy Stir-Fry
Meal options on the plane tend to range from generic chicken with rice to ambiguous pasta. One-up the chicken in questionable sauce with a homemade stir-fry. It's all done in one pan, leaving no flavor behind.

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