A Garlic Lover’s Dream, Spaghetti Aglio Olio

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I think anyone who reads my blog at this point knows I am a garlic junkie. Have I even posted one recipe that does not use any garlic other than the dessert I posted? To be honest I don’t think I have. And can you blame me? Garlic is absolutely delicious! There is nothing better than that sweet, almost nutty flavor you get from beautifully browned garlic. Well this pasta recipe here is an ode to all the fellow garlic lovers out there, and even better, this recipe is unbelievably cheap and simple to prepare and is friendlier to the figure than a lot of the recipes I have posted.

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Braised Chicken Marsala

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Pretty much every time my brother offers to cook me dinner and ask what I want my response is the same, chicken marsala. For me a good chicken marsala is all about the sweet richness of the sauce. Normally I get so caught up in the sauce and mushrooms that the chicken tends to kind of fade into the background. This time I wanted the chicken to take center stage along with the sauce. I found that the key to that is braising.

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My Mother’s Chicken Parmesan

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I am about to share something very sacred with all of you. Do you recall your first food memory? Maybe something a parent, guardian, day care professional, or nanny made for you? That one special food that always just makes you feel warm, tingly, and loved? This is my version of that. Ever since I was three or four years old I remember my mom making her famous chicken parmesan.

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Recipe Remix: Chicken Piccata

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For tonight’s dinner I decided to take one of the recipes I recently blogged about, chicken piccata, and attempt a new preparation of it. For my last chicken piccata I dredged a boneless, skinless chicken breast in a flour mixture and pan fried it. The fried cutlets were paired with a simple sauce of chicken stock, white wine, lemon juice, capers, and butter. The last preparation was a very classic, on the nose version of this Italian classic. Although the classic piccata is one of my favorite dishes to both cook and eat today I was feeling experimental.

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Piccata of the Gaaaaaaawds

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Have you ever seen American Hustle? One of my favorite scenes is when Jeremy Renner’s character takes out the main protagonist played by Christian Bale along with his unstable wife, Jennifer Lawrence to dinner at a neighborhood favorite Italian joint. During this scene everyone is clearly getting drunk and falling out of the booth, but one of the moments that stands out in that scene is when their food arrives. It’s such a small moment, but you hear Jeremy Renner’s wife scream “this is piccata of the gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawds,” and it made me laugh hysterically. Even though piccata’s been one of my favorite things to cook long before this movie came out I feel like that scene gave me something to aspire to. I always knew my piccata was good, but it was time to go from being good to of the gaaaaaaaaawds.

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