Archive for February, 2010

Going Grocery Shopping? Bring Your Camera

Mushroom Display Example

With one simple click you can be $100 closer to making your gourmet mushroom dish, and the ingredients are on us! We’re extending our grocery gifting contest through Monday, February 22 at 12:00 p.m. CST. A quick click of your camera the next time you’re at your grocery store will bring you one step closer to winning $50-$100 dollars to your favorite grocery store.

Here are the new key dates and a reminder of how to enter:

  • Send a picture of the fresh mushrooms at your grocery store to or tweet your entry to @mushroomchannel with the name of your store, and your town or city
  • Submit photos now through Monday, 2/22 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Look for your photo online and vote at from Tuesday, 2/23 – Friday, 2/26
  • First, Second and Third place winners will be announced the week of 2/28

One last editor’s note and I’m going to level with you mushroom lovers.

There’s $225 up for grabs and please trust me that you don’t need to be Annie Leibovitz- the odds right now are insanely good (example above). Three people are going to win for a very quick peak into their local produce sections. If you’re already headed to the store, it’s “Why not?” kind of situation.

I could even be (easily) persuaded to feature your photo on this very website. You’ll practically be a celebrity.  A celebrity with $50-$100 to spend on good olive oil, garlic, dark chocolate, the fancy ice cream…and may be even some mushrooms.

One Delicious Reminder…

Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend – for those of you who have the day off for President’s Day, all the better!

Just want to remind you that we’re looking for photos and descriptions of your favorite mushroom displays for a chance to win $50-$100 dollars of free groceries next week. Visit our post from Friday for more details and get yourself to the store to snap a pic!

Grocery Gifting: Mushroom Display Photo Contest

It’s not a secret that our eyes are drawn to an attractive set-up.  That general rule keeps house stagers and restaurant plating specialists in business.  We know the same to be true for grocery stores and we’d like to reward the shops doing a great job inspiring you to bring some mushrooms home.

Send in a picture of your favorite mushroom displays at your local grocer for a chance to win one of three grocery gift cards ranging from $50-$100. Just send along a picture and small description of why it’s your favorite and you’re officially in the running! All approved photos will be uploaded to the Mushroom Channel where readers can vote on their favorite.

Planning to go to the store this afternoon?  Take a quick pic and get yourself entered!

To Enter:

*Don’t forget to include the name of the store and your town or city

Key Dates:

  • Submit photos from Friday, 2/12 – Monday, 2/22 to*
  • Look for your photo online and vote at from Monday, 2/22 – Friday, 2/26*
  • First, Second and Third place winners will be announced February 27*


  • One entry will be accepted per person; please include your name and  email address or a contact number when submitting
  • Photos that show mushrooms in good taste at the grocery store will be selected and posted to the Channel for voting
  • All entries can be used by the Mushroom Council in future marketing communications
  • 1st prize is a $100 gift card, 2nd prize is a $75 gift card and 3rd prize is a $50 gift card to the featured grocery store.

*Rules have been adjusted to reflect the extended contest announced here.

Mushroom Recipes of the Week: Healthy Competition from She Simmers and Gourmet Fury

Photo Credit: Battle Mushroom by Gourmet Fury

Words cannot properly relay the excitement I felt when I first read about Battle Mushroom, the 4th installment of She Simmers and Gourmet Fury’s monthly “Beet n Squash You” Food Fight.  Some of the most creative writers, photographers and recipe developers in the food blogosphere competing with mushrooms as their shared ingredient…can’t ask for much more than that.

Photo Credit: Gourmet Fury

Take the image above for example- Mushroom Cardamom Rice Pudding with Dulce de Leche.  I’ve been looking for mushroom desserts for awhile now and it’s become a bit of a personal quest.  This looks absolutely glorious so it comes as no surprise that it hails from Gourmet Fury, one of the competition’s founders.

Photo Credit: The Sugar Bar

Alas, another photo that took my breath away. Tortelloni made to look like little sunsets in a bowl contrasted with a rich medley of mushrooms. The Sugar Bar entered Beetroot Tortelloni with Wild Mushroom Medley into the competition. These are just entries…they aren’t even the winners.

This is why I’m sending you to two other sites today. Yes, I’m sending you away from the Mushroom Channel this one time because these entries are worth your time.  Your eyes will thank you for the inspiration, your appetite may drag you to the grocery store.

The Entries

The Winners

Mushroom Recipes of the Week: Reporting from BlissDom

Good Afternoon fellow Mushroomers and welcome to the weekend! I am currently reporting live on-site from BlissDom, a women’s blog conference filled with foodies (my kind of place).  Given all of the new feeds I’ve just subscribed to, I thought it would be timely to share some mushroom recipes from our new friends…and a few old friends we just can’t get enough of.

Photo Credit: Shaina from Food for My Family

I met Shaina from Food for My Family last night after Lori went out of her way to track the two of us down for an introduction.  I’m so glad she did because easy weeknight meals like this Chicken Fried Rice (with mushrooms) are right up my alley so I know this is going to be a regular read.

Photo Credit: Savor the Thyme

Let’s take a moment to celebrate the beauty of this Portabella, Granny Smith Apple and Cheddar sandwich. And give props to it’s creator, the lovely Jennifer of Savor the Thyme. I’m a sucker for salty/sweet combos and I think this may be the first time I’ve seen a fruit/mushroom combo in sandwich form. Which only further assures that this one gets a “Please try this at home” label.

Photo Credit: Kate from Stolen Moments Cooking

I’ve had pierogis on the brain lately.  My neighborhood is rich with great Polish restaurants and winter is when I crave these little dumplings the most.  Pauline from OHMommy posted a great tutorial (so easy even a two year old can do it!) but when I saw Kate’s version with mushrooms on Stolen Moments Cooking, I knew I needed to share it here.  I know it looks like a simple dumpling on the outside but follow the recipe…in this case it really is what’s on the inside that counts!

Photo Credit: Amy from Milk Breath and Margaritas

French Onion Casserole. Made with fresh mushroom and cream of mushroom soup, there’s a lot to like here. Amy from Milk Breath and Margaritas was introduced to me online by Rachel from A Southern Fairytale (a contributor here at The Mushroom Channel from time to time) but I’ve been looking forward to seeing her offline and BlissDom was the perfect opportunity.

That’s my favorite thing about these conferences- seeing everyone in person.  Everybody from Busy Dad to Once a Month Mom to $5 Dinners and Home-Ec 101, it’s a sea of friendly faces.

This just made me quite hungry so I’m off to lunch with some of the food crew!