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When I went to the farmer’s market, I saw a table with bowls and bowls of mushrooms. Something about these bowls of mushrooms just draws me in.

Various mushrooms in bowls at farmers market



Aren’t the baby portobellas cute?

Close up bowl of baby portabellas

Both from a foodie standpoint and a picture-making standpoint, I loved coming across this table.

Mushrooms in bowlsIt was fun to see all those glorious shrooms. I could eat mushrooms raw, whole, and plain. Just by themselves. Sometimes I crave them.


Hand holding mushrooms

Sometimes I will marinate them and then eat them mixed into a salad.

Or marinated and on a sandwich like my Sweet & Sour Marinated Mushrooms

Sweet & Sour Marinated Mushrooms on bread with lettuce

Not into raw or marinated mushrooms and prefer them cooked?

I hold the meat and add the ‘shrooms in Vegan Fajitas with Vegan Sweet Ginger-Lime-Cumin Dipping Sauce

Vegan Fajitas with Vegan Sweet Ginger-Lime-Cumin Dipping Sauce on white plate

You could also add or use tofu to the vegan fajitas if you’re not a big ‘shroom fan or want to bump up the protein content.


Or you can always tuck some of your favorite fungi into a Cheezy Vegetable Bake

Just toss them in with all the other veggies and bake…

Cheezy Vegetable Bake

…and voila.

Cheezy Vegetable Bake

The cheezy veggie bake is great for:

using up veggie odds and ends

for hiding/camouflaging vegetables if someone in your world doesn’t always like to eat or try their veggies

and also for those times when you think you have nothing to eat and nothing to work with in your cupboards/fridge/freezer, you can toss just about anything you have on hand in and pull a rabbit veggie bake out of your hat.

Now for the Taste of Adams Avenue Giveaway Winner:

Amanda Jewell June 15, 2011 at 11:36 am

“how great! I don’t think I’ve been to the Taste of Adams Avenue before (but definitely taste of little italy.. yumm)! The most recent fair I went to was the Sicilian Festival here in Little Italy. I’m going to try to make it to the Del Mar Fair too b/c it’s always so much fun! Do you go to the fair too?”

Congrats, Amanda, and I will email you about the details.

From my last post about the flat tire I had yesterday, thankfully Scott took it and had one new tire on and it was “only” $150.  Ugh. I’m trading the car in within the next 6 weeks!   Oh, the timing.

And some of you did have some life hands you lemons moments recently that you shared, but hopefully things are all better now.


1. Do you like mushrooms?

My mother hates mushrooms so growing up, I was never exposed to them and assumed I hated them too.  Wrong! I  really enjoy the chewiness and density they have.  And I don’t eat them all that frequently, but I love grilled portobellas or shitakes.

I am not a fan of mushrooms in recipes such as mushrooms in soup or in sauces or spreads.  I prefer them whole and alone or as the star ingredient of a dish, like a grilled portobella.

And I despise canned or salty mushrooms.  Icky.

2. Fave way to eat or use them?

Plain and raw suits me but some people have to have their shrooms cooked.

Or just with a little marinade on them is great.

And I like them in salads and love the bites with mushrooms that have soaked up homemade vegan slaw salad dressing.


The mushrooms act as little sponge for the salad dressing, which for me, is perfect since I love sauces and dressings with a passion.

vegan slaw salad dressingMmm, good stuff.

Mushroom fan or not? It’s usually a love ’em or hate ’em food.

P.S. Keep the entries coming for the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 giveaway!


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  1. Delicious dishes. I really like mushrooms very much and I use them a lot in many of my recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I adore mushrooms. Cooked though! On vegan pizzas, gluten free tostadas, & scrambled tofu.
    LOVE. It’s major comfort food. Hated them when I was a little kid though.

  3. I love Mushrooms! and they have many health benefits! (:
    Sometimes I can’t eat too much though



  4. Mushrooms are probably one of my top 5 favourite foods.

    I LOVE them cooked, raw, grilled … whatever! I love fried mushrooms on toast, which is something my grandpa used to make after he picked the mushrooms fresh.

  5. I love mushrooms!!! And I’m glad I do, as I live in mushroom country of Kennett Square/Landenberg, Pennsylvania. We have mushroom farms everywhere! We make jokes about the smell of the mushroom soil. It takes getting used to. It’s not manure, it’s an interesting mulch mix. But after awhile, it starts to smell familiar and comforting when you live here.

  6. I love mushrooms raw or in sauces, stews, etc. I agree with you that the canned ones are just gross. Not too fond of the dried ones that need rehydrating, either….:)

    Hope you’re have a great day!!!

  7. I love love love mushrooms! I love eating them raw, grilled, broiled… Basically any way. Your sweet and sour sandwich looks tasty. I may just have to give it a try :)

  8. Those marinaded mushrooms are speaking to me! They look so yummy. I love mushrooms, but find lately that I prefer them raw. The texture is more palatable to me and have a more neutral flavor.

    I love the look of that veggie bake. It’s always a winner. :)

    We’d make quite the team at the farmer’s market; you’d be photographing everything, I’d be buying everything, lol.

  9. I love mushrooms! I’ll eat them any way you could imagine, but my favorite is just raw mushrooms dipped in hummus and sprinkled with a little nooch. Simple and delicious! :-)

  10. I love mushrooms of all kinds, although I didn’t like them as a kid. Last year when I was in San Francisco, I couldn’t believe how many varieties of mushrooms were available -wish we had that on the East Coast!