Creativity Abounds in Fermenting…using those probiotics in unique ways!

I adore fermenting…love the health benefits, the flavors, the unique dimensions it brings to food, and the creativity it allows me to redirect my culinary path in all kinds of directions! For those of you already fermenting – put on those creativity caps and get flying with some fun and interesting ideas. For those of you not fermenting, give it a try and venture into a new culinary world. Today, I made two poached eggs, placed it on a mound of mashed potatoes, and garnished it with dehydrated sauerkraut – the outcome — delicious, unique, healthy, and flavorful! How about a Pizza...

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Morel Reflections…. fueled with passion!

Why this Morel passion? I was always adventuresome, always not quite mainstream (in lots of ways) – my food tastes and experiences were fueled throughout my childhood – not guided by parental modeling or instruction, but by parental exposure. My Midwestern, potato chip company owner father who ate nothing but ground sirloin and a plain steak, and my New York, Mahattanite mother who had far more an adventuresome palate, but no particular interest in preparation of anything, including daily meals, knew early on my experience needed to be different. And that, most definitely was provided....

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The Ultimate in Comfort Food Does Indeed Contain Shrooms…Get Cheesy with this one!

There is one recipe I do yearly – usually at Easter…but sometimes for the Christmas Holidays – it is my infamous Cheesy Potatoes with Mushrooms Side Dish. Not to say this recipe is only good for holidays – but it is certainly one you don’t want to be worried about calories and fat content when digging into it! My Cheesy Potatoes with Mushrooms are fabulous for large crowds and is always adored by guests. I always get calls the next day regarding not only the meal – but also the CHEESY POTATOES, specifically. For me, my ultimate comfort food usually contains potatoes of some sort...

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Talk About a Bad Hair Day…turn it into a delicious Bad Hair Day with Udon Noodles and Matsutakes!

If you follow my blogs at all, you know I am big on wild game, but there are times that I like or need a vegetarian menu. I do like to keep it wild though…and love those wild shrooms! Matsutake Mushrooms are a great favorite of mine – love the flavor. Much like the impact of a morel, they have a power-packed aroma and taste. Unlike the morel, that aroma of the Matsutake has a spicy overtone and complex flavor. The name of this shroom literally means “pine mushroom” based on where it generally grows…under the base of established pine trees (and only in certain states –...

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Shaker your Muffin Tin…and enjoy the simple sumptuous pleasures of squash muffins

For many years, we made the annual springtime trek to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. A favorite family spot to enjoy the well known/well preserved Museum and Inn, formerly, a Shaker Community. Converted, not as in religion, but in the remains of a religious culture gone by – this compound has been transformed into a museum and an Inn for guests to stay and enjoy this serene environment and learn about the community of Shakers. At Pleasant Hill, there are fabulous antiques and architecture to admire as well as their impeccable grounds. The Inn and guesthouses...

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