FOODIE: Giada’s Chicken with Mustard Mascarpone Marsala Sauce

Last week, I caught up with my fabulous friend Derrick Thompson and instead of going out for dinner, we stayed in and cooked!

Mr. Thompson has a beautiful apartment in downtown Brooklyn with a great kitchen – his oven tells you the date and time… – so obviously we used his spot. As for the menu, I’d tasted a decent chicken marsala with a friend a few weeks ago, and wanted to recreate it, especially after I scoured my local markets for marsala wine. Who knew they even made that! Am I the only one that didn’t know about marsala wine? C’mon!

Anywho, I checked out some “Everyday Italian” recipes from Giada De Laurentiis, one of my fave hosts from Food Network, and found this recipe called Chicken with Mustard Mascarpone Marsala Sauce. And…

OMG, it was delicious! I’m sure it’s not very healthy, and make sure you add the parsley for color brown the chicken dish is pretty monochromatic. Choose wheat pasta to make you feel a little better – and keep you regular – because you’ll use an entire tub of the Italian sweet cheese mascarpone for this recipe. And while the end meal was tasty, you probably don’t need to add butter to the pasta after you drain it like the recipe calls for…that’s probably overkill.

As for the green side in the photo, Derrick made that and promises to email me the warm spinach salad with shallots, mushrooms, parsley and blue cheese recipe so I can share it with you ladies. He also hipped me to the NYTimes’ Wednesday Dining section, which apparently has a cluster of weekly recipes ( I just read the Times for the news…). Yay!

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