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How To Make Classic Chicken Alfredo Pasta: The Easiest, Simplest Method — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Chicken Alfredo pasta was my favorite "fancy" restaurant order as a kid — luxe sauce clinging to fettuccini topped with crispy chicken. It was about as close to macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers as a 6-year-old could get at any good Italian-American restaurant. Perhaps this is why most takeout Alfredo falls short for me — it's too entwined in my own culinary memories. Or it could just be that the rich sauce gets too cold and clumpy while waiting for delivery.

Hellbent on enjoying my childhood favorite from the comfort of my own couch, I set out to recreate the Alfredo of my memory (and I bet yours too — whether it was eaten at your family's favorite Italian-American restaurant or your local Olive Garden). We've eschewed the authentic "no cream" Alfredo for a reliable take on this classic that's just as creamy, garlic-rich, and fun to slurp up as you remember.

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Recipe: Creamy French Mustard Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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One of the techniques I walked away with from French culinary school was how to make a pan sauce from all the tasty browned bits left in the pan after searing meat. Combined with a few très French ingredients, like shallots, white wine, and two kinds of mustard, this braised chicken dish has all my French favorites: tender chicken with super-crispy skin sitting on top of a comforting-yet-elegant mustardy pan sauce. And believe it or not, it comes together in just about 30 minutes in one skillet, making you the hero of the weeknight dinner, mon ami.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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When was the last time you looked in the back of your liquor cabinet? Last week, when I pushed past the bottles of Bulleit bourbon and Gran Centenario tequila, I found some surprises including banana liqueur, black pepper-infused vodka, and an unopened bottle of Marsala wine. I pushed my previous dinner plans aside and resolved to put that bottle to use in a simple homemade chicken Marsala.

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Recipe: Apple-Cinnamon French Toast Casserole — Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

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French toast is the gold-standard of slow Saturdays – a hot cup of coffee in one hand, a sizzling skillet on the stove, and Billie Holiday crooning in the background. There's nothing like the soothing repetition of whisking eggs and cream, cutting rich egg bread into impossibly thick slices, combining the two, and watching the toast sizzle in a pool of butter. That is the dream until you have two toddlers begging for breakfast before your feet find your slippers. I'm here to tell you that you can have all the things that French toast offers without hovering over a hot pan at 6:30 in the morning.

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Recipe: Borscht Crostini — Quick and Easy Appetizers

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Whether served hot or cold, brimming with meat or completely vegetarian, the beet soup known as borscht has become a staple of the Ashkenazi Jewish repertoire. Perhaps that is because, amidst a sea of brown, heavy dishes — potato kugel, challah, cholent, latkes, and so on — borscht's ruby color and tangy-sweet flavor offers a bright counterpoint.

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Recipe: Double-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Sriracha-Honey BBQ Sauce — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Who doesn't love a chicken tender, really? I think tenders are everyone's favorite — especially at a party. These tenders are easy to make; the ingredients and steps are simple enough for novice cooks to successfully follow and do. The tenders also have the flavor and texture we crave in chicken fingers — juicy and moist with a golden brown-crust — but they are baked rather than fried (although people swear otherwise).

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