Chicken Marengo with Polenta Stars – Oh to Dine like an Emperor

napoleonatmarengoIt is said that Chicken Marengo was created on the battlefield by Napoleon’s Swiss chef, a fellow named Dunand.  Napoleon was of the habit of not eating until the end of a battle, believing that what he ate could affect the outcome of the fight.  Rather than eat anything at all and tempt fate, he went hungry. It seems Napoleon wasn’t alone in this strange habit, others likewise believed that food could somehow change the course of history.

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