Lamb Stew

Ingredients:

1 lb boneless lamb cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
2 T flour
1/2 t ground black pepper
2 pinches of salt
2 T olive oil
3 strips of meaty bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 medium sweet onion, cut into chunks
8 oz cremini mushrooms, rinsed, patted dry, and cut into thick chunks
3 large garlic cloves, chopped
3/4 cup red wine
2 cups beef stock
1 lb unpeeled yellow or red potatoes, scrubbed, bad spots removed, and cut into large pieces
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch slices
2 t tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1/2 t dried thyme
1/8 t dried rosemary
1 T parsley, chopped
Optional garnish: chopped chives or sliced green onions Read More


Chicken Breasts with Prosciutto and Mushrooms

Plated with Timbale

Serves two

Ingredients:

1 thick (about 3/4-1 lb) boneless skinless chicken breast, sliced in half laterally to create two thinner pieces
2-4 slices provolone
2-4 slices prosciutto
1 T butter
1 T olive oil
4 large cremini mushrooms, rinsed, dried, and thickly sliced
1/3 cup sweet onion, cut into 1 inch chunks
4 large cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 t Mediterranean oregano
1/8 t ground black pepper
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup slightly sweet white wine Read More


Bok Choy and Mushroom Adobo Soup

Ingredients:

1/3 cup soy sauce, reduced sodium
1/3 cup rice vinegar
4 large cloves of garlic, thinly sliced or rough chopped
1 bay leaf
2 T olive oil
1 1/2 cups yellow onion, chopped
4 oz maitake mushroom, cleaned root ends removed, pieces separated
4 oz white beech mushroom, cleaned, root ends removed, stems separated
8 oz baby bok choy, sliced on the diagonal into 1-2 inch wide strips
4 cups chicken stock, reduced sodium
4 green onions, white and light green, thinly sliced
Chili garlic sauce
1 cup uncooked brown jasmine rice to be cooked according to package directions Read More


Tony’s Chicken

Tonys chicken twoIngredients:

2-3 lbs bone-in chicken, use your favorite pieces
2 T olive oil
2 t ground garlic
1/2 t oregano
1/2 t marjoram
1/4 t pepper
1/8 t salt
1 sweet or yellow onion, cut into chunks
8 oz mushrooms, thickly sliced
2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
5 banana peppers, sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 T olive oil
1/2 cup white Italian wine Read More



Ricotta Stuffed Portobellos

Ingredients:

2 portobello mushrooms
2 t extra-virgin olive oil
2 T onion, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 T Italian flat parsley, chopped
1 jalapeno (or 1 T bell pepper), deseeded and chopped
2 T green onion, minced
6 sun-dried tomato halves, chopped
6-8 basil leaves, rinsed and torn
3/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
1/4 t fresh cracked black Pepper
Pinch nutmeg
2 T parmigiano reggiano cheese
6-8 spinach leaves
Optional: pinch of salt added at the table 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


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