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Menu Planning Deviant

ameal007.jpgToday was the first day of getting back on the "follow my menu plan" bandwagon, and I have already had to stray. I wrote out my list of meals last week and when I went to prepare everything for tonight's Chicken Marsala from the Good Home Cookbook, I realized I was missing the main ingredient. Marsala Wine. I could have sworn that we had a bottle, but after searching through all of the wine we have, I came up empty handed. Since there is not really a good substitute for Marsala Wine, I decided to try out a different recipe. I went to one of my favorite recipe sites, Recipezaar, and typed "chicken mushrooms". A list of tasty looking recipes popped up, but the one that really jumped out at me was the recipe for Balsamic Chicken and Mushrooms. I had all the ingredients on hand to make it, and I know that we love the flavors these ingredients make, so I substituted this recipe for my original plan of Chicken Marsala. This dish was so easy to put together and the combination of balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and garlic was absolutely perfect. Combined with a Raspberry Vinegrette mixed greens salad, some penne pasta, the delicious ameal005.jpgTexas Roadhouse Buttery Dinner Rolls that I made, and homemade apple pie and ice cream we had the perfect meal to start the New Year off on the right foot!

For the recipes click on the following links:

Balsamic Chicken and Mushrooms

Texas Roadhouse Buttery Dinner Rolls

Kentucky Apple Festival Pie 


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Posted on Monday, January 1, 2007 at 09:24PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments13 Comments

Reader Comments (13)

There must be some grimlin who goes around reading what is on the menu for dinner and removing items that I know are there from the pantry! But, I'd say you cheated the pantry stealing grimlin from ruining your dinner! That is beautiful.
January 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMy Kitchen in Half Cups
I think the chicken looks fantastic.
January 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKalyn
The Parade was truly spectacular! You really can't imagine how detailed and how fragrent these rolling works of art are until you've worked on them or have spent time close-up and personal with them. And such a glorious day! (quite chilly, though...for California at least!)

Oh, yeah, baby....I'm entering the House Giveaway Sweepstakes! ;-)
January 1, 2007 | Unregistered Commentercookie jill
Those Rolls!....Mmmm
Hope you had a good new year!
Yeah, I tried menu planning for awhile but we never wanted to eat what was planned that night. :)
So we stopped doing that.
January 1, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterpeabody
I love balsamic and mushrooms! And I just recently came upon Recipezaar: I haven't tried it out yet but since you recommend it, I will be sure to put it on my touring list for the week!

Happy New Year!
January 1, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjanelle
happy new year! i still can't believe it...
i'm so impressd with your menu menu planning skills i think i'll just use yours since you went thru all the trouble! sounds awesome. the whole meal with pie and ice cream sound wonderful :)
January 2, 2007 | Unregistered Commenteraria
Kristen, you were very quick and versatile, wow!

This chicken looks delicious and those rools, too. I'm a bread maniac myself. I haven't baked bread as much as I would like to and it's so hard to keep my hands off yeast. lol
January 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Scarpin
good luck with the menu planning. and apple pie does sound like a great way to ring in the new year! all the best
January 2, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterconnie
Every time I read your Blog, I gain a pound.

Happy New Year!
January 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJody
I can say with certainty that I'd have to make a special trip to the store to get some Masala wine :D
January 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
YUM! That salad looks really tasty! The chicken does too... especially the mushrooms. LOVE mushrooms!
January 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Beth
Ever since Nigella turned me on to marsala, it's as important an ingredient as soy sauce to me. Hate when I run out. But, the chicken you fixed looks delish! Beautiful picture!!!
January 2, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersher

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