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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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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!=The Best Steak Marinade  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...

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Antipasto Salad

If there’s anyone in your life who thinks salads are boring, one bite of my antipasto salad will change their whole outlook. It’s chock full of meat, cheese, olives, and pickled veggies for new textures and flavors in every bite.  What if I told you there was a salad that was so flavorful and filling that you’ll forget you’re even eating a salad? Antipasto salad checks all those boxes and more. It’s an awesome starter for your next dinner party, a great dish to take to potlucks, and it’s a perfect side for grilled foods. It can easily be...

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7 Layer Salad

This beautiful, fresh salad will wow your family and friends before it even hits their plates! With tons of texture and literally layers of flavor, my version of this eye-catching classic will be your new favorite crowd pleaser and inspire you to create your own spin on the 7 Layer Salad.   When I’m in a restaurant, I often find myself distracted by all the beautiful dishes being delivered to the anxious, hungry diners around me. “That looks so good! I’ll have what she’s having!” Presentation truly is everything. We’ve all had that “eating-with-your-eyes” experience that made you pause...

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Million Dollar Spaghetti

This Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole is super easy to put together and has a center layer of creamy, gooey cheese. This is one of my favorite ways to serve spaghetti and people just can’t get enough of it! When I think of family dishes, I think of casseroles. Big, hearty casseroles are perfect for feeding a whole hungry horde—which is basically what a family is anyway. When you’ve got a ravenous family to feed, breaking out an old classic might be the only way to go. My go-to family casserole is a great recipe for Million Dollar Spaghetti. If...

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