Your Expensive Tastes

Where are you going to get a better breakfast, the local hole-in-the-wall diner, or the elegant dining room of a five-star hotel?

While I’m a sucker for the diner, many will experience a better meal at the hotel. It could be the food is better. It could be the environment is better. But it could be that you paid more at the hotel so you perceive the food there as a higher quality.

There have been a number of studies on this phenomenon. In a recent article in The Atlantic, it highlights how an Italian restaurant in New York City served a bunch of individuals a buffet with one half paying $4 for the buffet and the other half paying $8. They then surveyed the group and tracked their satisfaction ratings with the food.

Same food. Different price. Different perception of quality. In fact the more that someone ate at the $4 price, the lower the perception was.

This price perception bias not only affects food, but also “fine” wines. In a Stanford University study,  study participants were served five sips of wine, each marked with a “retail price” sticker. In fact, there were only three wines tasted with two wines listed with two different prices. Participants reported five distinct wines were tasted and their reporting of the quality of the wine grew as the sticker price grew.

Angel Chicken Pasta

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See the golden color of the chicken? It must be expensive, right? Keep thinking that and you’ll rate it highly!

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In reality it is a very inexpensive dish to make.

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Melting the butter.

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Making that golden sauce.

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Out of the oven.

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Such awesome flavors!

Angel Chicken Pasta

Prep Time: 30 M | Cook Time: 1 H | Servings: 6 servings


6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup butter
1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
1/2 cup white wine
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed golden mushroom soup
4 ounces cream cheese with chives
1 pound angel hair pasta


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in the package of dressing mix. Blend in wine and golden mushroom soup. Mix in cream cheese, and stir until smooth. Heat through, but do not boil. Arrange chicken breasts in a single layer in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour sauce over.

Bake for 60 minutes in the preheated oven. Twenty minutes before the chicken is done, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil. Cook pasta until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain. Serve chicken and sauce over pasta.

PREP 30 mins

COOK 1 hr

READY IN 1 hr 30 mins

Nutritional Info: Calories 528 kcal 26%
Carbohydrates 48.3 g 16%
Cholesterol 107 mg 36%
Fat 18.5 g 28%
Fiber 3.1 g 12%
Protein 37.5 g 75%
Sodium 1265 mg 51%


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Categories: Baking3, Cheese3, Chicken2, Italian, Main Dish 3, Pasta, Recipes, Wine

Author:The Ranting Chef

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One Comment on “Your Expensive Tastes”

  1. August 6, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    Reblogged this on My Meals are on Wheels.


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