Smitten Kitchen is one of my favourite food blogs. All of the recipes I have tested from this blog have not only worked out, but they have left my guests thinking that I am a better cook than I really am. I chose to test the chicken and mushroom Marsala recipe because I have never cooked Marsala before.

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Marsala wine hails from Marsala, the coastal city of Sicily in Italy. Marsala is made by fortifying Marsala wine with alcohol, such as brandy. This addition of alcohol was originally done to ensure the wine would last long ocean voyages by being more resistant to temperature changes. Today, Marsala is mainly used in cooking and served with a variety of cheeses such as Roquefort or Parmesan.


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I have made this recipe over five times and it has not disappointed me yet. While cooking this recipe, be prepared for your entire home to be filled with the sweet smell of Marsala, the kind of smell that gets your family waiting patiently at the dinner table for food. The chicken was so tender, it felt as though I was cutting into a marshmallow. Soaked in Marsala, the onions and mushrooms released a sweet sherry flavour with every chew.  Although Marsala was the hero ingredient of this recipe, the natural flavours excreted from the vegetables did not go unnoticed.

It’s about balance . . . Having the ingredients you need in your kitchen when trying new recipes is not about luck, it’s about planning. Here are three tips to help you plan your meals during the week:

1. Have new recipes picked out the day before you go grocery shopping! This way, you can add the ingredients you need to the list.

2.  Don’t waste ingredients! If a recipe calls for an ingredient that only uses half of the amount you bought, try and find another recipe which uses that same ingredient. Take coconut milk for example, if a recipe only calls for half a can, then try and find another recipe that uses the other half!

3.   Know what you have in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. Sometimes, we can forget what we have in our kitchens. We may end up buying more than we need, or forgetting what we have on hand, so make sure to plan a regular kitchen inventory!

Overall Recipe Rating: 4.5/5 Kiwis