Janet's Notebook
Make Your Meal Magnificent with Mushrooms

Asparagus and Mushroom Quiche

Chanterelle, portobello, button, oyster, crimini, porcini... there are so many different types of mushrooms. I'm a fan of them all!

Adding mushrooms to recipes are a great way to sneak in a serving of vegetables and add some extra nutrients. As they cook down, the flavors intensify and add a nice richness. And, there are so many ways to incorporate them into your meals.

Stuffed mushrooms are great because you can prepare them in many different ways. We used baby portobellos when we tried Diane Eldridge's Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe and turned it into a wonderful appetizer. But, this recipe works great as a main dish too. "[These are] so easy to make," says Diane. Simple, rich ingredients combine to create a super flavorful and pleasingly hearty dish.

If you're looking for a truly impressive finger food, then you must try Deb Crane's Mushroom Pate for Tarts or Beef Wellington. It's a terrifically earthy pate with all the richness of a good mushroom soup. "These tarts can be frozen and ready in minutes when you have unexpected guests," says Deb. "I have even made the pate and kept it in the freezer." We served it in Deb's Blue Ribbon recipe for Individual Beef Wellingtons... and were absolutely wowed.

Your guests will be extremely impressed with your culinary skills if you serve Dana Ramsey's Asparagus and Mushroom Quiche at your next brunch. When I prepared this recipe, I used a 9-inch springform pan. The quiche slid out easily onto a serving plate which made for a lovely presentation. "This is very easy and very yummy," shares Dana Ramsey. "The Dijon mustard really adds flavor." In each bite, you get the tang of the Dijon, along with the mushrooms, asparagus and gooey cheese. Just delicious!

"[This recipe is a] roast with the taste of a grill," says Robert Priddy about his Grilled Roast Smothered with Mushroom Gravy. The grill adds a deliciously smoky flavor to the meat. And the gravy... well that's a treat all by itself! This is one tasty dinner.

And make sure to serve Kim Biegacki's Fried Kale with Mushrooms and Bacon alongside. "After making fresh creamed spinach, I wanted to try some kale," explains Kim. "I thought since I love mushrooms that I would put them in with the kale." This is such a wonderfully savory side dish! This recipe reminded me a bit of the spinach salad with hot bacon dressing that my grandma used to make... only modernized to the max!

With the arrival of fall - and soup season - Pamela Peake and Susan Thomas have two recipes that are going to be on my menu.

The ingredients in Pamela's Wild Mushroom Soup with Port Wine are pure perfection. Satisfying creaminess combined with a wonderful mix of mushrooms... de-lish! This is a wonderful soup to warm you up.

"When the weather starts to turn cold, this Mushroom Barley Soup is a family favorite," shares Susan. The sautéed mushrooms add an earthy richness that just can't be beat! And this is very easy to make (you know I love an easy recipe!). To me, there's nothing better than a nice pot of soup simmering on the stove.

This weekend, head to your local market and see what types of mushrooms you can find. We know you'll create something magnificent!

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Kim Biegacki - Oct 17, 2014
TY JAP for sharing my kale, mushroom and bacon recipe. xooxoxox
Oh, this is right up my alley right at this moment. My Dad came over on Monday and we made homemade Pierogies from 4-1am in the morning. We had 4 different fillings and one of them was mushrooms, sautéed onions & kraut! They give a new meaning to savory Pierogies that's for sure. Here are a few more favorites, Wild Mushroom Crostini and Barley and Mushroom Casserole and Coffee-Braised Beef w/Mushroom Sauce and my absolute favorite for breakfast... Cremini Capped Broccoli Omelet w/Fontina Sauce. I also made a fabulous cookbook for one of my dear friends who eats shrooms everyday of her life! She is the reason I took time to learn to make and enjoy more recipes with mushrooms. justapinch.com/...Dwx2yyc_Dd8zPQ?p=1
Janet Scrivens - Oct 15, 2014
Can't wait to try out new recipes with the mushrooms.thanks for some quick and great ideas
Melanie B - Oct 14, 2014
Here is the link to the mushroom group.
There are tons of wonderful 'shroom recipes here also.