A well planned menu starts with a nicely decorated table centerpiece, beautiful placemats or ironed tablecloth, polished silverware and gorgeous glassware. Of course, the most important ingredient is the cook. Here's how to set the table.
Whether or not, you are a person who cultivates good food and wine, these dinner recipes are a whole lot of elegant.
Light the candles on the table, put on some soft music and relax at home with this gourmet meal.
Dressed Chicken Breasts with Angel Hair Pasta
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1/2-inch thickness
1/2 cup butter
1 cup Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix prepared
1 package (9 ounces) fresh, angel hair pasta cooked, drained
1/3 cup Dijon-style mustard
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 1/2 tablespoons parsley freshly chopped
In small bowl, whisk together salad dressing and mustard and set aside. In medium skillet, melt the butter until bubbly, add the chicken and saute for 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until golden and juices run clear. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
Add the wine to the skillet and scrape up any brown bits with a spatula, continue to cook for about 4 minutes or until wine has reduced slightly. Whisk the dressing into the wine and stir until bubbly and smooth. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve.
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Dessert Wine, White, Orange Muscat
Dessert wines are typically chilled and served in a lovely wine glass. Keep the serving size at about half the usual pour, two to three ounces.
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is proud to play a role in the continuing success of the Texas wine industry. Find these Texas wines at Kroger, HEB, Randall’s, Fiesta, Whole Foods Market and Central Market.
In recent studies, the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) assigns a number of health benefits to regular, moderate wine consumption. The most widely reported benefit is The French Paradox, a theory that credits the drinking of red wine for the low incidence of heart disease in France – despite a famously high-fat, high-cholesterol diet.
Scientists note wine contains antioxidants and resveratrol, elements believed to be helpful in the prevention of certain diseases. Red wine consumption (and to a lesser degree, white wine) is linked to a number of health benefits, including: heart disease prevention; reduced risk of certain cancers; lowering bad cholesterol; weight loss; improved brain function; controlling glucose and insulin levels; and lowering blood pressure.
Most studies cited here recommend consumption of one or two glasses of wine a day with meals, noting the detrimental effects of over-consumption.
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Selected by Alexandria Marx, wife, mother, homemaker, home kitchen cook, diabetic, Super Food Critic and Yum Expert.