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Ingredient: Chicken Broth

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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Lemon Pepper Chicken with Lemon Pan Sauce

Unexpected guests? Need to impress on a weeknight? Try my Lemon Pepper Chicken – it’s light and crispy, with a peppery, creamy lemon sauce that transforms your table into an elegant French dining room in less than 30 minutes.    Do you remember the first time you tasted fresh cracked peppercorns? The complex floral and fruity qualities can be a pleasant surprise if you’re used to a shaker of dust-like, ancient pepper that’s been passed down from table to table for generations of futile attempts at seasoning. Peppercorns were actually used as currency in the middle ages, and there...

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Chicken Francaise

Chicken Francaise is an impressive dish that celebrates our American “Melting Pot” by bringing together two of my favorite cuisines – Italian and French. The bonus is its feasibility for a busy weeknight treat, allowing you to put together a complex and delicious dish with simple ingredients and limited time.   “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – – – James A. Beard If you’ve watched foodie films – “Like Water for Chocolate,” “Eat Drink Man Woman,” or even “Eat Pray Love” – and, well, you like food, you’ve been hypnotized by beautifully set tables and artfully...

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Alton Brown Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie is an incredible comfort food. Delicious, super flavorful meaty filling topped with a mound of rich, buttery mashed potatoes! I spend a lot of time in my kitchen experimenting with food and researching techniques and ingredients to find just the right combination of flavors for a share-worthy dish. Usually that process involves making my own tasty revisions to an existing recipe. A simple tweak or two might do the trick, or the changes might be significant. Sometimes, though, I find recipes that really hit the mark as-is, where it’s clear the person who developed the recipe took...

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Shrimp Lo Mein

This Shrimp Lo Mein is quick and easy to make at home and is sooooo much better than any take-out.  There’s a small group of recipes that can truly be called “one pan” recipes. This shrimp lo mein dish is absolutely one of them. It’s a great recipe to make anytime, because it cooks up in only 15 minutes or so—in ONE PAN! That means less cook time, less clean up, and less work! Who doesn’t want that? And shrimp lo mein is really good. It has always been one of my favorite things to order at a Chinese restaurant—and...

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