Posted at 9:15 am , on September 18, 2015
This tasty Chicken Madeira is a popular dish served at the Cheesecake Factory. They have an extensive menu and I’ve tried several dishes but was unaware of this dish until my sweet friend Paula told me about it. She knows me well and thought I would find it delicious. She was right, I loved it at first bite! The chicken is smothered in melted fresh mozzarella and drips into the sauce which is flavored with Madeira wine and beef stock. The mushrooms are hearty and taste so good alongside a heaping dollop of mashed potatoes. It’s comfort at its best and very simple to make. There are many copykat recipes to choose from and I tried to take the basics and make it as close to the original as possible. I think I came pretty close. Hope you enjoy it!
Posted at 10:08 am , on January 17, 2014
We have a new market in town called “Sprouts Farmers Market”. Some of you may know this chain since there are many locations across the country but it’s a first for us here in Kansas. It seemed like the whole city diverged on this market on opening weekend. It was packed and hard to maneuver through the crowd of people but I did manage to get to the produce area and picked out some fruits and veggies to take home. I found some gorgeous red peppers, a bunch of kale and baby portabellas that I thought would go together for a healthy stir fry. To that I added some bacon and onion with a drizzle of balsamic glaze to finish it off. The time it took to prep the veggies took far more than the actual cook time. It’s amazing how fast and easy it is to fire up the wok and cook a meal. Enhancing the flavors of meats and veggies in the wok can be as simple as a drizzle of olive oil with salt and pepper or you can create a fragrant sauce. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite things to cook with.