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Penthouse chicken.

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While sitting in the wreckage leftover from a dinner party the other night and cunningly evading clean-up efforts, we ended up re-watching Altman‘s "3 Women," which, while as fantastically creepy and compelling as always, also struck us, this time around, as one of the more memorable (if utterly unappetizing) food films.

The tendency of Shelley Duvall‘s Millie to unconsciously parrot lines from women’s magazines in everyday conversation doesn’t hold up well now that it’s become a smug signifier of modern shallowness ("Wash your hair once/Every two weeks!/Once/Every two weeks!"), but her fetishizing of frightening prefab recipes does. The scene in which she flutters around the kitchen, precisely lining up pigs-in-a-blanket as if preparing the dish for a beige-tinged cookbook photo shoot, sums up the inscrutable incompleteness of her character — as if eating were something she could only understand from the outside, from a desperate study of back issues of McCall’s. And there are the godawful individual jars of shrimp cocktail, one of which Sissy Spacek spills on herself — and later, in Millie’s nightmare, we see her playing dead on the floor in the same dress (slayed by shrimp cocktail!).

And then there’s Penthouse Chicken, which makes it’s way into Millie’s constant, ignored stream-of-chatter/consciousness: "It takes a whole hour to cook, but it’s worth it!" And who could turn down an endorsement like that?

Here’s the recipe, from 1964’s "Cooking With Soup (A Campbell Cookbook)" — it made the cover.

Ingredients

    * 2 lb. chicken parts
    * 1/4c. seasoned flour
    * shortening or salad oil
    * 1/2 medium green pepper, cut in strips
    * 1/2c. sliced onion
    * 1/8 to 1/4t. thyme, crushed
    * 1 (10 1/2oz) condensed tomato soup
    * 1/4c. water
    * 1t. vinegar

Instructions

   1. Dust chicken with seasoned flour. Brown in skillet in hot shortening.
   2. Cover; cook over low heat 45 minutes. Uncover last 10 minutes to crisp.
   3. Remove chicken to heated platter; keep warm. Pour off all but 2T. fat.
   4. Add green pepper, onion, and thyme; cook until green pepper is tender.
   5. Add remaining ingredients. Heat; stir now and then. Serve over chicken.
   6. Servings: 4 to 6

+ Penthouse Chicken (RecipeCircus.com)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…