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“Every Day, Every Way” Mushroom Recipe Contest is Back!

What do mushrooms, recipes, grills and vacations have in common? Well, the answer could be, YOU!

Our third annual “Every Day, Every Way” mushroom recipe contest with Taste of Home kicks off today, and this year it’s better than ever. Send in your best mushroom recipes and you could win a vacation for two including a premier chef’s experience at the Culinary Institute of America. PLUS! Each week we’re giving away a sweet, new Weber® charcoal grill. How’s that for getting a head start on summer?

How to Enter:

Submit your recipe at Taste of Home in any of the following three categories, as many times as you want. Just get your entries in by August 1, 2011.

  • Breakfast: Show us how you incorporate mushrooms into the most important meal of the day.
  • Appetizers & Sides: Snacks, dips, soups and salads get the party started.
  • Main Dish: Savory, filling, rich and delicious; mushrooms’ flavor makes any meal memorable.

We can’t wait to see how you all are cooking with mushrooms every day, every way – whether they’re at the heart of the dish; featured in soups, stir-fries, tacos, pastas or omelets; stuffed, grilled or sautéed – we’re counting on your creativity!

Prize Details:

Every week, from March 1 – August 1, we’re giving away a black Weber 22-½’’ One Touch® Gold charcoal grill. Enter new recipes throughout the contest. Each week, one will be selected at random, and you could win a Weber grill.

One winner from each category will have their submissions highlighted on and will win a vacation for two including a premier chef’s experience at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). This trip includes airfare or car service, hotel accommodations and registration to participate in a cooking class at one of three CIA campus locations: Napa, CA; San Antonio, TX; or Hyde Park, NY.

For complete details and contest rules, click here.

The “Mushrooms: Every Day, Every Way” Recipe Contest Results Are In![Updated]

Update: broken links have been updated in this post. Sorry guys!

Remember the “Mushrooms: Every Day, Every Way” recipe contest with Taste of Home? Well the results are in! More than 1,400 recipes were submitted and we narrowed it down to three amazingly delicious recipes that are simple and practical for the everyday home cook. Read on to see if one of these newly crowned top chefs lives in a town near you!

The Main Dish category and overall Grand Prize winner, Anthony Dolby, is native to Howland, OH. He earned ultimate bragging rights with his mouth-watering Stuffed Flank Steak with Mushroom Sherry Cream. Herb cheese is slathered onto flank steak that has been stuffed with mushrooms, roasted red peppers and fresh spinach, and then topped off with a mushroom sherry cream sauce. This recipe shouts umami and is sure to impress guests.

The Appetizers and Sides category winner, Jennifer Beckman, resides in Falls Church, VA, and writes the foodie blog Love & Onions. Jennifer’s delectable Mushroom Panzanella is a tasty accompaniment to any meal. Fresh arugula is mixed with grape tomatoes, pine nuts, golden raisins, caramelized ‘shrooms and yummy goat cheese, taking the idea of a starter salad to a whole new level.

The Breakfast category winner, Cynthia Stackhouse, calls Papillion, NE home. Her delicious Southwestern Quiche is a savory way to start off your day. Tortillas form the crust of this quiche and it’s peppered with spicy chorizo sausage, putting a southwestern spin on your usual breakfast pie.

Congratulations to our winners, and a huge thanks to all of you who entered! We love learning new, creative ways to cook up mushrooms, so be sure to share your tasty creations with us on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll be sure to shower you with mushroom love and praise!

Weekly Links: Mushroom News from Around the Web

The New Superfoods Fitness highlights the common white button mushroom as one of ten lesser-known superfoods that will keep your body healthy and slim – without costing you a fortune at the grocery store. Swapping meat for mushrooms is highlighted as a successful weight-loss strategy, and the most common of all ‘shrooms is recognized as one of few natural food sources of vitamin D.

Vitamin D levels dip San Francisco Chronicle interviews the world’s leading vitamin D expert, Dr. Michael Holick. Lack of vitamin D can lead to heart disease, cancer, depression, insomnia, diabetes and chronic pain so be sure to get adequate amounts of this crucial nutrient. Adequate daily vitamin D intake may be hard to come by as this nutrient is often not found naturally in foods. But, rest assured that all mushroom contain D – they’re the only source in the produce section.

The Trading Post 2009’s Taste of Home “Mushrooms: Every Day, Every Way” recipe contest winner is highlighted. Have you entered this year’s contest? If you’re lacking inspiration, give this winning portabella burger recipe a try.

EAT YOUR VEGGIES: Adding vegetarian dishes to the menu will benefit your health Vegetarian diets are becoming more common these days. They’re not simple though, without a little planning the risk of depriving yourself of key nutrients is high. But if done right, a vegetarian diet can be satisfying and good for your waistline. A tip the Bradenton Herald offers readers is one of our weight-loss favorites – substitute meat with mushrooms. Studies have shown that substituting four ounces of mushrooms for four ounces of meat once a week for one year could save more than 18,000 calories and nearly 3,000 grams of fat – that adds up to more than five pounds!

Chef’s kitchen: Try an Herbed Mushroom Tulip The Olympian’s resident chef admits she used to avoid mushrooms at all costs but now she just can’t get enough. Chocked full of selenium, B vitamins and fiber, mushrooms are not only a nutritional powerhouse but they also add flavor to everyday meals.

Mushroom has a lot to offer Our friends up in Canada agree that there’s no reason to not love mushrooms. No fat, hardly any carbs or calories, low in sodium – mushrooms lack all the bad stuff and provide nothing but the good: vitamins, minerals, fiber and flavor.

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