Chicken and Forty Cloves of Garlic

braised chicken and forty cloves of garlic on a serving platter

I’m searching for the right word. Maybe you can help me?

Every once in a while, you share a special meal with someone or a few someones. And it’s a magical event. You’re so close to each other, if for no other occasion than this meal.

You can look back on such a memory, which almost always stretched well into the evening or nighttime, and remember it as being somehow deeper than most others. Something special was shared. It’s hard to explain, perhaps harder to describe.  But hopefully, you recognize it.

But you can’t plan for it. You can’t make it happen at will. It just does.

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Chicken Marsala

Plate with chicken marsala and noodles.

This dish is a guilty pleasure for me. I can’t say why exactly, it’s not as if it’s difficult to find in a restaurant. In fact, Chicken Marsala even shows up fairly often in non-Italian restaurants.

It could be because even though it might taste complicated and expensive, made well with good ingredients it’s actually a very simple affordable dish.

I know some of you will say, I’ve had it and it wasn’t great. Me too. But I’ve had it many times when it was great and I’m never going back.

So let’s do this.

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Im-Pasta (meatless) Sauce

A go-to marinara with cremini mushrooms and chickpeas standing in for ground beef. Filling but lighter, still protein-rich, and delicious. Visit suppertimeblues.com to learn more.

I’ve shared my fresh tomato sauce before. But what happens when tomatoes are out of season? Besides general sadness, that is.

No worries. I use the next best thing: canned tomatoes.

And what if I want a sauce that has a heft more like a meat sauce, chunky, more complex than a simple tomato sauce (as good as that is), but I don’t want to use meat?

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