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Inspiration Station: When Harry Met Sally

The Dish:

I’m a goofball and will often break into weird accents, especially if I’m hanging around my best friend, Matt.  That’s why the the scene when Harry and Sally are chatting in the Met is one of the most endearing to me.  They are so comfortable with each other that they can talk like weirdos about chicken paprikash and pecan pieeeee.  If you’re looking for a super easy paprikash recipe, follow my lead:

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt some butter and add boneless skinless chicken breasts (total 1.5 lbs).  Cook until lightly browned, turning once. Add one medium onion (sliced) to the skillet and cook 5 to 8 minutes more. Pour in 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock, and season with 1 tbsp paprika, along with salt and pepper. Cook 8-10 minutes more, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear. Remove chicken from skillet and keep warm.  Stir 2 tablespoons of flour into 1 c. sour cream and slowly stir it into the onion mixture remaining in the skillet. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, and cook until thickened.  It is perfect served over rotini pasta.

Adding the flour to the sour cream makes this sauce real thick real fast.  It just might be the easiest way to make a creamy sauce.  The whole meal comes together in 30 minutes and is a perfect dish to warm you up on a cold night.  I’m thinking even picky Sally Albright would like this one.

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The Doodads:

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  1. A designer version of the day of the week underpants that made Sally’s old boyfriend so jealous.  Luckily, this set from Stella McCartney has a pair for Sunday (and comes in a cute box!).
  2. The spool-style wagon wheel coffee table that almost tore Jess and Marie’s marriage apart has been updated.  This side table from West Elm has the same, round, wide-to-narrow-to-wide look but is far more modern and won’t start any decorating wars.
  3. Jess and Marie were supposed to be set-ups for Sally and Harry, but they hit it off with each other instead.  Sparks really flew when Marie quotes Jess back to him from a piece he wrote in New York Magazine.  NYMag just might be my favorite magazine – and you don’t have to be a New Yorker to enjoy it.  You can subscribe here – who knows, you might be reading something by your future husband!
  4. One scene that shows Harry and Sally [yet again] oblivious to their own attraction to each other is when the whole group is playing Pictionary.  Nowadays, the hot party game is Cards Against Humanity, but you already knew that.  Next time you have pals over for wine night, try this one, called Drunk Stoned or Stupid, where you have to decide who in the group is most likely to do the crazy things listed on the cards.  (I know I would likely be tapped “Most likely to wake up with half a burrito in bed”.)
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