Bolognese or Bolognaise, Italian or French?

The prerequisite bolognese/bolognaise recipe!

Disclaimer: this probably isn’t the ‘classic’ or ‘perfect’ or ‘whatever-you-want-to-call-it’ bolognaise recipe…. but it’s the one that my friends, family and I love – both to cook AND eat.

The full bolognaise recipe is something that I just started doing pretty recently. TheĀ soffritto (Italian) or mirepoix (French) which is the combination of onions, celery and carrots – makes the bolognaise, SO much better. I made this for a dinner we had recently, and the smell of it made a couple of people say “WHAT did you put in that?? It smells so good!”

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Oven-baked Chicken Breast & Mango Salad

Until about 8 years ago, my family used to go to a country club on weekends to swim, have dinner, go bowling and basically have awesome family-time. I distinctly remember looking at the dinner menu one day and thinking to myself that their new dish entitled “Mango-chicken salad” looked rather interesting to my teenaged eyes. I mean, come on, mangoes, chicken and mayonnaise? What could a bit of green do to hurt that combination?

So I ordered it.

As soon as the waiter had put it in front of me, all my sisters wanted to try it! One of my sisters, MA, after eating one bite looked really put out with me and complained, “Why do you always pick all the nice things to order?!”… What could I say to that? I just offered her more salad and hoped she wouldn’t finish my dinner for me.

This memory pretty much inspired our dinner: Oven-baked Chicken Breast with Mango Salad.

Oven baked chicken breast with mango salad – taken with Roy’s iphone 4

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