Ratatouille with Mushrooms and Tomatoes

ratatouilleIngredients:

3 T olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 t dried basil
1/8 t ground black pepper
1/4 t turmeric
2 twists of kosher salt
1 medium globe eggplant, cubed
1 zucchini, sliced
1/2 sweet onion, sliced
2 banana peppers, deseeded, deveined, and cut into 1inch strips
1 bell pepper, deseeded, deveined, and cut into 1 inch strips
8 oz small cremini mushrooms, rinsed, dried, and thickly sliced
2 large tomatoes, chopped, about 1 1/2 cups
2 T parsley, roughly chopped
1 t lemon juice Read More


Pork Loin Chops with Mushroom Madeira Sauce

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Pork chops smothered with Mushrooms in Madeira Sauce

Ingredients:

1 lb button mushrooms, rinsed, dried, and thickly sliced
1 T olive oil
Twist or two of kosher salt
4 (3/4 – 1 inch thick) pork loin chops
A few twists of salt
1/4 t white pepper
1 T butter
1 T olive oil
1 large shallot, minced
3/4 cup Madeira
1 T fresh parsley, finely chopped or 1 t dried
Several shakes of ground white pepper

Optional seasonings for pork or sauce: garlic, onion powder, and thyme Read More


Mushroom Bourguignon

mushroom bourguignonIngredients:

1 T grapeseed oil
3 pounds fresh mushrooms – assorted types
1 cup chopped onion
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped into small pieces
1 T butter, or use 1 T olive oil
1 T olive oil
2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
4 large garlic cloves, chopped or pressed
2 cups good Burgundy wine, or stock if you do not do wine
1 1/2 t thyme
1/4 t fresh cracked black pepper, or to taste
1 T Worcestershire, or a vegetarian soy sauce
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley Read More


Spaghetti with Caramelized Mushrooms and Garlic Breadcrumbs

spaghetti mushrooms garlic bread crumbs 2Ingredients:

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound cremini mushrooms, rinsed, patted dry, and thickly sliced
1 cup sweet onion, sliced and cut into 1 inch lengths
8 large garlic cloves, peeled, smashed, and minced
1/4 t ground black pepper
Hot red pepper flakes to taste
1 pound spaghetti
2 1/4 cups pasta water, divided use
2 T cold butter or use vegan soy based butter
2 T flat leaf parsley, rinsed, dried, and chopped
1 1/2 cups homemade garlic breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated Read More


Baby Kale with Mushrooms

Ingredients:

2 T olive oil
16 oz mushrooms, sliced or left whole
1 cup onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
5 oz baby kale
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Sea salt to taste (not too much, just a turn of the grinding knob)
1 T balsamic vinegar

Optional: grated Parmesan and crushed red pepper flakes Read More


Mushroom, Sausage, White Bean, and Arugula Soup

MushroomSausageSoup3Ingredients:

2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped – make sure you include the flavorful leaves!
1 large or two small carrots, peeled and diced
1 lb mushrooms, cleaned, sliced about 1/2 inch thick bite sized pieces – use your favorite kinds
12 oz chicken apple sausage, sliced into pieces about the same size as the mushrooms – or use your favorite smoked sausage
2 t thyme
1/2 t smoked paprika
3 t garlic powder
1/4 t fresh ground black pepper
Pinch of salt, more if you prefer your food salty
2 cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed
8 cups chicken stock, unsalted
5 oz arugula, torn Read More


Mushrooms in Your Kitchen

mushrooms wokBuying Mushrooms

When selecting mushrooms individually, choose firm mushrooms that do not have soft spots, are not wet, and are not bruised. Avoid buying unwrapped mushrooms if the grocer positions them openly on low shelves in just the right place for little children germs to be deposited. Is there a clean metal grabber to use instead of your hands when you pick up the mushroom? If not, that means hands have been all over those mushrooms. If that does not make you squeamish, then enjoy. If this bothers you Read More


Sloppy Portobellos

Ingredients:

1 T olive oil
1 small red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and thinly sliced
1 thinly sliced yellow onion
1 lb portobello or cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced or chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 T Worcestershire sauce
2 t oregano
1/2 t dry mustard
1 T chili powder
1 T brown sugar
crushed red pepper flakes to taste
fresh cracked black pepper to taste
1 tomato, chopped – include all the juices
2 T tomato paste Read More


Flank Steak and Portobello Fajitas

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Ingredients:

1 lb flank steak
2 portobello mushrooms
1 cup aged Balsamic Vinegar from Modena
1/4 cup good red wine with an assertive character
1/8 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
1 (4 oz) container chopped garlic in olive oil.
1 t smoky paprika
2 T cilantro, chopped
1/4 t or so of freshly ground black peppercorns
2 T olive oil
1 onion, sliced
1 sweet red pepper, deseeded and sliced
pinch of salt Read More