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Chicken Marsala

Here’s another chicken dish based on a classic Italian veal dish. If you can’t get pancetta or other unsmoked bacon for this dish, then omit it entirely because the smoke flavor will overwhelm the delicate Marsala. Chicken Marsala 4-6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (cutlets), trimmed of excess fat and brined (optional) Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste All-purpose flour for dredging 2 Tbs (30 ml) vegetable oil 2-3 oz (50-75 g) pancetta, cut into small pieces 2 cups (500 ml) sliced white or…

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Port Wine Cheese Spread

One of my favorite ways to end a meal is with a good cheese, walnuts, and port wine. It’s also an excellent way to start a meal. Port Wine Cheese Spread 8 oz (225 g) cheddar cheese, grated 1/2 cup (125 ml) sour cream Salt to taste A pinch of cayenne pepper 1/4 cup (60 ml) port wine 2 Tbs (30 ml) butter, melted 1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped walnuts Combine the cheddar cheese, sour cream, salt, and cayenne pepper in a bowl and beat…

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Marinated Green Beans Almondine

The creamy dressing in this dish makes it stand out from your typical green beans with almonds. Marinated Green Beans Almondine 1 lb (450 g) green beans (haricots), trimmed 1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy cream or half-and-half 1 Tbs (15 ml) Dijon-style mustard 1 Tbs (15 ml) lemon juice 1 Tbs (15 ml) extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1/2 cup (125 ml) sliced almonds, lightly toasted Boil or steam the green beans until tender but still firm, 4 to 5…

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Snow Peas with Fried Sage Dressing

Here is a sophisticated vegetable dish that can be served either as a salad or side dish. Snow Peas with Fried Sage Dressing 1/4 cup (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil 15 – 20 whole leaves of fresh sage 1 lb (225 g) snow peas (mangetouts) or sugar snap peas, trimmed 1 shallot, finely chopped 2 Tbs (30 ml) balsamic or red wine vinegar Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1/4 cup (60 ml) pine nuts (pignoli), lightly toasted Heat the olive oil in a…

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Brown Rice with Oranges and Dates

The flavors of North Africa make this healthy dish an exotic treat. Brown Rice with Oranges and Dates 1 cup (250 ml) brown rice, cooked according to package directions (about 3 cups, 750 ml cooked) 12-15 dates, pitted and chopped 2 large oranges, peeled, segmented, and each segment cut into small pieces 3 scallions (spring onions), green and white parts, chopped 1/4 cup (60 ml) golden raisins (sultanas) 1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped pistachios 1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped parsley 1/4 cup (60 ml) extra-virgin…

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