Archive for October, 2013

Where to Dine this Fall

We all love to eat seasonally, but sometimes we prefer someone else doing the prep. Luckily, restaurants are always staying on top of seasonal trends with classic and inventive fall comfort dishes.  Even better, since mushrooms are always in season they blend into a variety of dishes this fall, from hearty stroganoff to veggie- loaded omelettes.

Campfire Sauteed Mushrooms

Take a look at a few highlighted dishes below and discover more on our Dining Out section and the “Mushrooms on the Menu” Pinterest board.

  • Marie CallendersFrom a hearty beef stroganoff loaded with fresh mushrooms in a demi-glace red wine beef sauce to a creamy Artichoke and Mushroom Chicken entrée, this is your spot for fall comfort just like mom used to make.
  • Noodles and CompanyYou can find mushrooms in a variety of dishes from Fettuccine to Pesto, but their new Thai Hot Pot  and Alfredo Mont Amore top the list for fall classics.
    • Thai Hot Pot: Blends shiitake mushrooms with pulled pork and chicken into a bed of rice noodles and a curry broth.
    • Afredo Mont Amore: Four-cheese pasta with roasted mushrooms, parmesan chicken, grape tomatoes and spinach.
  • California Pizza KitchenPizza might be in their name, but this fall it’s all about the flatbread here. Their new Shaved Mushroom flatbread brings together cremini mushrooms with sautéed spinach on a thin and crispy crust.
  • Denny’sWhether you’re here for breakfast, brinner or late-night dining, their Fit Fare Veggie omelette is just the ticket for a meal you can feel good about. If you’re feeling creative you can also build your own.
  • Cheesecake FactorySummer might be over, but a good burger is always in season. Put a healthy spin on it by enjoying a leaner blended turkey and mushroom burger, which is a staple on their Skinnylicious menu.
  • Olive GardenChoosing between soup or salad won’t be a tough choice once you try a bite of their new Potato and Porcini Mushroom Soup.

Where are you dining this weekend?

Pan Roasted Mushrooms

Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking shares a recipe for Pan Roasted Mushrooms that will make you rethink your basic scrambled eggs. 

Pan Roasted Mushrooms by What's Gaby Cooking

Pan Roasted Mushrooms are my jam. I enjoy them the same way most people feel about candy. I think it must be because I went 24 years without eating mushrooms and I’ve been making up for lost time the last three years.

I stock crimini mushrooms at all times, so I’ll whip up a quick batch of pan roasted mushrooms and serve them alongside some scrambled eggs and fresh chives for a nutritious and delicious breakfast!

I’ve officially killed my herb garden through neglect, so instead of using fresh thyme, I’m using dried thyme! Either one works, but if you’ve killed your garden like me, or it’s gone into hibernation for the fall, dried thyme is 100% acceptable.

Can we talk about scrambling eggs while we’re on the breakfast train? I’m more of a slow-cooked, over low-heat, gal so the eggs end up like ribbons and are smooth when you eat them.

So with these pan roasted mushrooms, perfectly scrambled eggs, and freshly chopped chives, you will have a delicious breakfast on your hands that’s in season all year long.

Pan Roasted Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces Crimini mushrooms, cleaned and cut into quarters
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil or butter
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 large eggs
  • shredded parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil over high heat. Once hot, add the mushrooms, dried thyme and garlic powder and sauté for 10 minutes until the mushrooms are soft and their flavor deepens, almost to the point of caramelization to bring out their earthly and decadent flavor. Once fully cooked, remove from the pan and season with salt and pepper.
  2. In the same pan, add a touch more olive oil or butter if needed and heat over medium high heat. In a medium bowl, crack the eggs and whisk together. Carefully pour the eggs into the hot pan and using a spatula, slowly drag it along the bottom of the pan allowing the eggs to cook slowly and evenly.
  3. Once the eggs are cooked, season them with salt and pepper and transfer even portions to 4 plates. Add equal amounts of mushrooms to all 4 plates and sprinkle with chives and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Simple Ways to Add Mushrooms to your Weekend Meal

Mushroom Recipes for Fall

Find all of the recipes above here

Once the weekend hits, meal time can become less structured. There is more freedom to spend hours in the kitchen or treat the family to a meal out.  Regardless of what your plans are, mushrooms can easily blend into any routine, providing you with a healthy and flavorful dish that is worthy of weekend comfort.  When you head to the store to pick up your latest batch of fresh mushrooms, keep an eye out for pink tills throughout the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Meal Idea #1 – Blend mushrooms into any meal. Alison Lewis from, Ingredients, Inc. put a healthy spin a family favorite, by creating a meat:mushroom blend in her Baked Spaghetti recipe.

Meal Idea #2 – Add mushrooms to your favorite fall comfort dishes. Discover the amazing combo of mushrooms and beans in this Creamy Three Bean Mushroom Soup from Kristen at Dine and Dish.

Meal Idea #3 – Bring back the skillet! There is nothing better than baking and serving a meal in the same dish. Whip up this Skillet Lasagna with Mushrooms from Savory Simple for a bit of weekend comfort.

Meal Idea #4 – Dine out. Mushrooms are a key ingredient on menus from appetizers to entrees. Whether it’s a family night out or a romantic dinner for two, let mushrooms guide your decision.

Meal Idea #5 – Get creative! Whether it’s an entirely meatless dish or a meat:mushroom blend, the possibilities with mushrooms are endless.

How are you incorporating mushrooms into your weekend?

 

Mushroom Love Goes Pink

Mushrooms Go PINK in October

October is a beautiful month for several reasons. Leaves are beginning to change color, the weather turns cool and crisp and comfort food finds its place at the table. As we embrace the beauty that surrounds us, we also take note of a very important message for October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the month of October the mighty mushroom becomes more than an ingredient at your table, it becomes part of a message for hope.

Through an annual $50,000 donation to City of Hope, a leading cancer research center, the Mushroom Council supports their research on breast cancer and mushrooms. In total, the council has donated more than $800,000 through the years. You will also notice a new color in the produce aisle this fall as mushroom tills “go pink” in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Our featured recipe tab is filled with six recipes to put those fresh new mushrooms in your kitchen to good use. You can find even more inspiration on our collaborative “Mushrooms for Hope” Pinterest board with City of Hope and by following along with the #Fall4Mushrooms hashtag.

We also partnered with three amazing food bloggers this month, who are bringing brand new mushroom recipes to the table. Even better, their posts are providing a chance for YOU to win. Simply leave a comment on one of the posts below with your favorite mushroom recipe and you will be randomly entered for a chance to win a Mushroom Apron and $50 American Express Gift Card.

Cheers to a great and inspiring month ahead here at the Mushroom Channel!

Featured Recipes:
• Dine and Dish: Creamy Mushroom and 3 Bean Soup
• Ingredients, Inc.: Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms
• Savory Simple: Mushroom Skillet Lasagna