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Author: Kathleen Smith

Chicken Lombardy

Bye bye boring chicken breasts! This Chicken Lombardy recipe makes a marvelous, memorable meal with just a few ingredients and a bit of Marsala magic.   What do Italy and Wisconsin have in common? If you said, “nothing,” you wouldn’t be completely wrong. Aside from a love of curdled milk products, there’s not much, but, as it turns out, they both claim a connection to a tantalizing take on the ubiquitous chicken breast: Chicken Lombardy. It’s a delicious and impressive main course that’s doable even on a weeknight. Pan-fried chicken breasts, layered with butter-basted mushrooms and cheese, get baked with a Marsala-infused sauce. The flavors make it taste like this dish is much more trouble than it actually is, and that’s my favorite kind of recipe! The origins of the Chicken Lombardy recipe aren’t definitive, but one story says it was created in Wisconsin as an homage to the late Green Bay Packers’ head coach Vince Lombardi. The recipe was published in a local cookbook there and eventually by Better Homes and Gardens. Another possibility is Chicken Lombardy hails from Italy’s Lombard region, known for its meat-heavy and butter-based recipes rather than traditional ingredients like tomatoes and olive oil. Perhaps it was a combination of the two, a concoction by some devoted cheese head inspired by an Italian vacation. Regardless, it’s an elegant dish with complex flavors that will...

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Cavatappi with Creamy Tomato Sauce

 Savor the flavors of Florence in my Cavatappi with Creamy Tomato Sauce. No passport required! As some of you may know, I’ve dubbed myself a “reluctant exerciser,” and finding motivation is essential when you’re in the kitchen all day with amazing food. For some, that little nudge into the gym may be a great playlist blasting in their ears; for others it’s an encouraging friend who holds you accountable for your daily walk. I’ve found inspiration in a powerful, four-word mantra that works on even the most non-motivated days, that answers the question “why” when I’d rather dig into...

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Peach Dump Cake

Dishing up a delicious dessert doesn’t get any easier than my Peach Dump Cake! Loads of luscious fruit marry a warm, buttery cake for a sweet, effortless ending to any meal.  No two words reflect the plight of the busy home cook quite like “dump cake.” I need a dessert, and I need it now! A “dump cake” is just what the name implies: a one-dish dessert where all the ingredients are “dumped” into the pan you’ll actually bake the cake in, requiring minimum effort to (almost) instantly impress. Whether you’re whipping up a last-minute celebration or rewarding your...

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Mississippi Pot Roast

Mississippi Pot Roast is a new classic – a simple but hearty, homey dish packed with flavor and the promise of a satisfying supper. Your crock pot does all the work, and you get all the credit!  The slow cooker was introduced in the early 1970s (Rival’s “Crock Pot” being the first one on the market), and I’d be willing to bet the first meal ever made in that new working-mom miracle was a Sunday pot roast. “Set it and forget it,” is still a busy home cook’s battle cry decades later, so I’m sharing a recipe for Mississippi...

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Steak Marinade

No more relegating steak to special occasion status! Even inexpensive cuts of beef will satisfy when you use my Steak Marinade. Fire up your grill, STAT!  Whenever I experience some life event that calls for an extravagant culinary celebration, maybe a graduation, anniversary, or even a cheat meal after two hours of successful dieting, I usually opt for a big steak dinner.  That’s the time to pull out all the stops with an expensive cut of beef – maybe a prime ribeye, with a little butter melting on top, surrounded by a monster baked potato and some after-thought of...

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