Mar 5, 2017

One Dish Chicken & Mushrooms

Where would I be without book club?  Just when I am low on blogging recipes, someone comes through with a great new recipe like this One Dish Chicken & Mushrooms.    This simple but elegant entree was one of the highlights of our annual book club Christmas party. And it gets extra points because it’s both super-easy and super-flavorful.  

Asparagus & Mushrooms, Served

Jun 5, 2016

Asparagus & Mushrooms with Thyme

Do you love asparagus as much as I do?  Someday I hope to have my own asparagus patch!  How fun would it be to watch the sweet thin spears emerge in the spring!  Asparagus gardeners, feel free to leave me tips!  Asparagus and Mushrooms is a dish that my mother has made for years. But not in my childhood, when … Continue reading

A bite of Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup

Oct 25, 2015

Fall into Winter: Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup

It seems like just yesterday when I announced I wasn’t ready for fall.  And now fall is preparing to move on–a burst of color and host of pumpkin recipes later.  Thanks goodness for warming, fall-into-winter recipes like this Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup.   I recently attended the harvest party that my CSA throws every year.  It’s beautiful to walk along … Continue reading

May 31, 2015

Ramp and Wild Mushroom Compound Butter

If you haven’t tried Compound Butter, a mixture of quality butter and additions like herbs and truffles, you are missing out on something delightful. Brimming with flavorful add-ons, compound butters can bring bold or nuanced flavors to a dish, creating something special for a modest cost. No budget for truffles? Try a nice compound butter instead.  I can still remember … Continue reading

A garnish of marjoram for mushroom soup

May 27, 2015

Mushroom Soup Revisited

This mushroom soup is a remake of one I made on Christmas Eve, based on a recipe from Jamie Oliver.  Of course, with the lovely flowers popping up revisiting Christmas does feel odd! I’d like to say I decided to make it again because I loved it so much. But in truth, I made it again since it disappeared before … Continue reading

Jul 30, 2014

Salisbury Steak and Cooking with Mom

I learned something new last week.  It’s always fun to cook with Mom–even when you are all grown up (and then some!).  A couple weeks ago, we had three generations “up north” and I asked my Mom to pass along one of her recipes–for Salisbury Steak, an old family favorite.  Salisbury Steak is a patty made from seasoned ground beef … Continue reading

Flaming Steak Diane

Apr 30, 2014

Steak Diane in Mushroom Brandy Sauce

Every so often I go back and make an old classic recipe.  I believe that the classics are remembered for good reason–usually great flavor!  Luckily, at the end of my April “eat from the pantry” challenge, I had all the ingredients for Steak Diane, a steak entree with a flavorful mushroom brandy sauce, that is sometimes flamed tableside. I still … Continue reading

Artichoke Salad from above

Mar 1, 2014

Artichoke Salad with Pea Pods & Mushrooms

This recipe for Artichoke Salad with Pea Pods & Mushrooms came from one of Milwaukee’s old fine dining establishments, the Grenadier Restaurant.  Refined and elegant with a British Grenadier marking its entrance, it was a popular dinner destination back in the day–and helped to bring out the young foodie in me. I still remember my first visit there.  Seriously formal, they … Continue reading

Dec 13, 2012

Curried Pumpkin Mushroom Soup

It’s my first book club Christmas party! I joined the monthly group this spring and, believe me, no one has starved at any of the meetings!  But December is even more festive with a full meal (served on china!), and everyone is bringing a different dish!  My contribution is Curried Pumpkin Mushroom Soup. Of course this event is happening in … Continue reading