Chicken Marsala + a Birthday Giveaway!

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5.02.13 by sarah

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Today, reader, I’m 26.

Hitting the second half of my twenties, unlike all of the previous birthdays, has me thinking about the next five years more than anything. The big 3-0 used to be something that you’d see twenty-somethings dreading. But not this girl.

When I was younger, I noticed a recurring theme on sitcoms and in dreaded sentiments from older people on birthdays — people complaining about age. And once, on my dad’s birthday, I asked him if he hated getting older, too.

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His response was different. He told me that age was an accomplishment. And we should be proud of every year we live.

It was a great shift from the general “I hate birthdays” and “oh no, wrinkles” grumbles. Or the classic response from teachers and relatives when I’d talk about the excitement of getting older and growing up: “Oh, honey, you’ll get over that. That will change.”

Nope, I still get excited about birthdays. And you know what? The years only get better and better. Each and every year, each and every candle makes me happy about the life I live, the people I love, and amazing world I wake up to every morning.

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Today, I’m celebrating my birthday by setting up a giveaway for you! I’ve been pretty obsessed with Knork flatware for the past two years — my former roommate and amazing friend Kristen introduced me to the brand when she first moved into her own apartment. And since then, I knew that I would want a set for myself when I moved into my own place.

The Knork concept that I love is that just one utensil blends the function of a knife and a fork into one beautiful design. My own mother taught me to cut food with the edge of a fork, so I’ve been doing this for years, but Knork takes it to the next level — the edges of the forks are beveled, making it easier to cut your food. They have finishes in both glossy and matte brushed silver (if they ever get a line of gold flatware, I’ll be first in line).

I’ve already had people over for dinner parties and explained the brilliance of the flatware to my friends. The general reaction is “but isn’t that dangerous? Will I cut myself on the edge of the fork?”

Come on, friends. They’re not that sharp — if you’re dining on a hearty steak, then you’ll probably need a knife, too. But the Knorks were exactly what I needed to enjoy this plate of chicken marsala.

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So, like the communications professional I am, I stalked them online and got in contact with their communications team — and Knork will be sponsoring a 20-piece flatware set for the winner of this contest!

To enter, check out Knork’s pretty flatware selections on Knork.net, and leave a comment below — be sure to let me know which finish (matte or shiny) of the flatware you’d be interested in!

One week from today, I’ll use a random generator to select a winner — and we’ll get in contact so I can forward your information to the folks at Knork, who will promptly send your flatware set!

I honestly can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday with you via Sweetsonian. Good luck!

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Chicken Marsala for two

2 cups chicken broth
1 shallot, minced
5 tablespoons butter, unsalted
1 package cremini mushrooms, sliced
A few sprigs of fresh sage, leaves julienned
All-purpose flour, for dredging
4 thin-sliced chicken breast halves (or two breasts pounded thin with a hammer)
3/4 cup dry Marsala wine
1/3 cup heavy cream
Juice from 1 lemon

In a small saucepan, bring your chicken broth to a boil. Let it reduce to about half it’s original volume.

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat, and melt about 3 tablespoons of the butter. Then, saute the minced shallot until brown — this should take just a minute or two. Add mushrooms, and sprinkle with sage, salt, and pepper for seasoning. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, letting the mushrooms sweat a bit to give some liquid to the pan. It should take about 10 minutes for the mushrooms to brown. Once they do, transfer the contents of the skillet to a bowl and set aside.

Pat the chicken breasts dry, season with salt and pepper, and then dredge in flour. You don’t need a lot of flour — just a light coating is sufficient. Heat a tablespoon of butter in the skillet, and saute the chicken. Do not crowd the pan, or else the chicken will not brown. Flip the chicken once, when it turns golden and is clear that it’s cooked halfway through. Repeat with each side and each slice of chicken.

Once cooked, remove each slice of chicken and set aside.

Then, add about 1/2 cup of the Marsala wine to the skillet and bring to a boil, using a wooden spoon to scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the skillet. Then, add your broth, mushrooms, shallots, and heavy cream. Stir occasionally and let the broth thicken a little — it should only take a few minutes. Then, stir in the remainder of the wine, and a few squeezes of juice from a lemon.

Plate your chicken, and generously top with your mushrooms and marsala sauce. Garnish with remaining sage.

  • apeysays

    A few things:

    1) Happy birthday. I hope it is amazing just like you and Sweetsonian.
    2) If I made that chicken marsala, I would sadly not need fork, knife, or Knork, because I would dive in head first. Looks amazing.
    3) Knork vs spork: discuss.

  • SINCERELYKATEB

    oh my! what a beautiful/inspirational post! i was feeling down about my birthday last week…. 27 ho-hum, right? but your dad’s words are very nice! age IS an accomplishment! thanks for making me smile. and introducing me to this amazing utensil. BRILL.

    oh, and yes. the chicky masala looks delish. i’m going to send the link to my sexy chef… DROPPING HINTS.

  • rhoda

    anything that can cut down my food-on-plate to food-in-mouth time works for me :)

    p.s. that looks delish! i would probably even be tempted to take a bite… (for future reference: knorks can cut tofu too).

    HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY, LOVE!

  • Amanda S.

    Happy Happy Sarah Day! This looks amazing. If only I liked mushrooms.

    PS – I know the guy who designed these. His sister went to college with me and I remember her telling me about them when he launched them. Small world!

  • http://whatdresscodeblog.com Liz {What Dress Code?}

    So funnn, I’ve always thought this concept would be a good one but didn’t realize someone had actually gone down the “knork” road! Would lovee to add the matte collection to my kitchen. And also, happy birthday chica!

  • B-bex

    Yeah, Sarah! I love that you are doing the giveaway! It is so fun!

  • Zoe

    1) Happy birthday!!!

    2) Done, and I really love the matte finish. I’m actually really excited about the possibility of winning because I’m moving into my first place! The idea is brilliant, though I’ve always cut with the side of my fork too. LOL.

    3) That chicken marsala looks DELICIOUS.

  • Emily

    I love Sarah. I love Sweetsonian. And I love matte finished cutlery :)

  • Lan

    This post was great(love chicken marsala and so festive for a birthday!) and thank you for sharing your father’s words. This flatware is pretty much what I’ve always dreamed of when too lazy to get up and get a knife because I’m already busy eating… the matte is truly something unique!

  • Allie S.

    Woo!!! This looks so tasty! I’d love the matte finish!

  • http://www.acalculatedwhisk.com Becky @ A Calculated Whisk

    I love the matte finish : ).

  • Annie V

    Hey! My father is constantly using his spoons as knives to cut his food because he is too lazy to grab a knife as well from the kitchen (he normally uses those big tablespoon sized Asian spoons lol). This would be a fantastic father’s day gift in shiny! Thank you for doing this giveaway!
    Have a good birthday

  • DianeH

    Happy Birthday!!! Celebrate! I was looking for a chicken recipe and your post on foodgawker made my mouth water like a fountain. Will be making this tonight.
    Matte for me.

  • Chris

    I completely love your attitude towards birthdays! I’d add that to celebrate a birthday is to celebrate the gift of life — my life, my family’s lives, my friends’ lives. I want them all to know how glad I am to have them, and to take a day to celebrate that wonderful gift!

    PS: I really like the matte.

  • Meryl

    I like the matte finish. Thanks!

  • Louis

    I like the glossy finish. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Ttrockwood

    Awesome recipe! Happy birthday! I can say from the other side of 30 that everything only gets better :)
    I would love the shiny finish if i win!

  • Jenny

    Happy Birthday to you!! :D What an amazing giveaway – thanks so much for hosting it! If I were chosen, I’d totally go for their matte finish. Beautiful!!

  • Michelle

    Happy birthday! The chicken looks SO good (as does the matte finish on the flatware)

  • Andrea

    I love Chicken Marsala, Pinned your recipe already.
    I would pick the glossy finish.
    Thanks and happy birthday :)

  • Shannon C

    I like the matte finish :)

  • http://spunkyrealdeal.blogspot.com/ Heather Paulding

    Mmmmm chix marsala! Happy Birthday xo.
    Love the matte finish…looks amazing!

  • dana

    yum recipe and I love the matte ones!

  • Brooke

    Ah, Sarah. You’re just a communications genius. :) Are you sure I can’t find you something ridiculous to proofread for your birthday? No? Well, then, glossy finish it is.

  • Matt

    That looks delicious… I love chicken marsala!
    I like the matte finish ones. Easier to hide fingerprints!

  • http://friedsig.wordpress.com S

    Happy birthday! I’m about to turn the big 2-9, and I can’t believe it’s the last year of my twenties! Some Knork flatware in a matte finish would certainly help me look forward to it!

  • Carrie

    I like the matte finish best. I am seriously in need of new flatware since my set has dwindled down to nothing. I wish an alarm would go off when someone tries to leave the house with one of my forks!

  • Annette

    Happy Birthday!

    What an interesting concept of the knife and fork in one. Both finishes are beautiful, but I’d probably choose the glossy.

    Oh and your recipe has me drooling. I think I know what I’m making this week. :)

  • Meghan

    YUM! Happy birthday. :) I love the matte cutlery. So pretty!

  • Diana

    YUM!
    Do you think your food would be okay to eat if you mailed it to me? Hint: there’s only one way to find out. (You have my address.)

    matte :)

  • http://oanamirela.com Oana Alupoaie

    You said it, girl! Age is a privilege that many do not get to partake in and I’m glad you have such a healthy attitude on the manner!

    And after seeing those gorgeous mushrooms I’m drooling and ready for lunch, er, second lunch by now!

    The flatware is beautifully designed and in my opinion the matte finish looks better with the overall aesthetics.

    Happy Birthday, and hope to see you in California sometime soon!

  • leda

    Happy birthday!

    I think the Duo finish is really amazing but if I had to choose between glossy and matte, I’d go with matte.

  • Beth

    You definitely have the right attitude Sarah – I can tell you having turned 60 this year that age is an attitude. You really are as old as you feel. Love your posts and especially the photos – love a matte finish and love the Knork design – very Scandinavian, my favorite. Happy happy birthday -

  • http://twitter.com/HelloImRena Rena B

    Hello, dear. Happy birthday!! This is a very lovely way to share the love! So thank you!! I’d love these flatware for my parents. Their 29th wedding anniversary is next month, and unfortunately I will be going home a day late but these pieces are way too lovely!! Especially the shiny version!!

  • http://www.addiebakescakes.com addie

    happy belated birthday! knork sounds like exactly what i’m looking for in my new house!

  • Samantha

    My birthday is this weekend and I hadn’t been that excited about it. But this inspirational post made me feel better! I like knork matte finish [: thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway!

  • manda

    Happy birthday! I would like the matte finish. Thanks!

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