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Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines: Episode 3

Homemade Comfort Food

I’m a firm believer that any time is a good time for comfort food. This rings especially true during busy seasons. There’s just something about a creamy sauce and a rich dessert that makes you feel a little warmer inside. In the early years of filming Fixer Upper, our lives were suddenly busier than they’d ever been, and our dear friend Gail would offer to make our family a meal. Her crispy breaded chickens and creamy fettuccine was our absolute favorite. Even now, years later, whenever I make this dish there always seems to be a familiar comfort baked into every bite, which has made it one of my family’s all-time favorite meals.

In this episode, I’m pairing Mrs. Gail’s recipe with a Layered Arugula Salad topped with one of my favorite garnishes—buttered walnuts (because everything is better with a little butter)—and Tiramisu for dessert.

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Mrs. Gail's Chicken & Fettuccine Alfredo

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crispy breaded chicken cutlets pan fried in olive oil and butter, served with a rich, creamy pasta

Layered Arugula Salad with Pear Vinaigrette

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l_ayers of fresh arugula, blue cheese, pears, buttered walnuts and pomegranate seeds tossed with a homemade vinaigrette_


layers of a creamy mascarpone mixture and soaked lady fingers and dusted with cocoa powder

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