What Do You Do When Mushrooms Go On Sale…..you buy a load and make soup!!

My major source of entertainment always seems to be shopping for FOOD. I will go to three or four markets in a given day – price comparison, not so much…I just know where to find the things I love and utilize in my recipes or in the planning to develop a new recipe. I adore ethnic markets of all kinds! After hitting the Asian Market this morning and finding fresh Maitake Mushrooms on sale, I headed off to another market to find Organic Mini Bellas so inexpensive; I purchased twelve (8 ounce) containers. Why twelve? It immediately entered my head to make SOUP! With any remaining, make a...

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Enjoy the Simplicity of Nature’s Spring Beauty and Bounty… celebrate Alfresco Dining with a Morel or two!

The most simplistic outdoor dining is enhanced by nature’s own tranquility and Spring beauty. The ultimate quest for seeking a slice of bucolic America can be put on the virtual back burner…experience the splendor of Spring with a backyard brunch, a private porch party, or a front yard feast. Make a special meal outdoors for Mother’s Day – with the hope of Blue Skies!! Set the stage and let your backdrop be nature’s early finest. As the culinary stage manager, it is essential to ferret out the right props then position and block those props to enhance the rest of the production...

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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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Dumpling Lovers Unite…Morel Mushroom Matzo Balls – make a splash for your family and guests!

As the season approaches for Morels and Matzo Balls…it got me thinking – what a likely combination! With the semi-delicate texture and benign flavor of the matzo balls – the dumplings serve as the perfect backdrop for these woodsy fungi. Correct, the Morels won’t be a forage option for the Passover Holiday (at least not in Michigan), but those masters of camouflage are indeed, signs of spring. Reconstituted Morels work just fine in this recipe as will fresh. If you are unsure of how to rehydrate mushrooms – please see the morel blog – Definitely a Morel Decision…my passion...

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