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Behind the Scenes at a Mushroom Council Photo Shoot

The Mushroom Council recently invited photographer Jen Moran to document a dozen new recipes. Take a look at her behind the scenes shots and commentary on these mushroom meals!

I love mushrooms! They have a fantastic array of flavors, taste meaty without any fat, and can be cultivated and harvested in a sustainable way. On top of all this, they are very versatile and can be used in many recipes as a favorful, nutrient rich ingredient. So, when asked to photgraph a dozen new recipes for the Mushroom Council, I replied with an enthusiastic, “Yes, please tell me more!” The result was a delicious culinary and photographic adventure and I’ve shared a few highlights below.

Ingredients for our adventure

One of my favorite recipes was the Mushroom Orzo with Parsley, Lemon Zest and Olive Oil. First of all, the shapes of the enoki and oyster mushrooms were fun to photograph! After the photo shoot, we all just had to try a bowl. WOW! The lemon and parsley give it the most refreshing taste and I’m pretty sure we all had seconds!

Mushroom Orzo with Parsley, Lemon Zest and Olive Oil

Enoki mushrooms

In the next recipe, mushrooms were used discreetly in meatballs, or albondigas. We made plenty of these and shared them with our crew and family. Even if you don’t like mushrooms, you’ll love this dish! Developed by a nutritionist to lower fat and boost health benefits, this is a great affordable choice for an omnivorous crowd. You wouldn’t know mushrooms were in here unless you had the recipe!

Cremini and Pork Albondigas with Chipotle Tomato Sauce

One of the biggest hits of the day was the Jamaican Jerk wrap. The vibrant colors and flavors of these wraps brightened up the cold, wintry day. Juicy papaya, meaty button and oyster mushrooms, and a zesty hand made jerk sauce all added to the exciting colors, flavors and textures of this vegetarian dish.

Jamaican Jerk Mushroom Lettuce Wraps with Papaya Salsa

Special thanks to my mushroom loving team of assistants for helping to make this delicious day a success!

Winners Crowned in 2011 “Mushrooms: Every Day, Every Way” Recipe Contest!

We’re pleased to announce the results from our “Mushrooms: Every Day, Every Way” recipe contest with Taste of Home. With more than 1,000 recipes submitted this year, it took much testing, tasting and deliberating to narrow it down to three marvelous, mouth-watering mushroom recipes that are simple and practical enough for the everyday home cook. Check out the winning recipes below and try one today!

Main Dish winner, Sheron Campbell, hails from Gilbertsville, PA. Sheron not only earned ultimate bragging rights from us, but also high praises from her husband, who dubbed this Chicken and Mushroom Marsala “Outstanding!” A succulent sauce of sautéed mushrooms, garlic and Marsala tops breaded, pan-fried chicken in a harmonious melody of flavors that will have you singing praises of your own.

Appetizers and Sides winner, Nadine Mesch, calls Mount Healthy, OH home. Her Triple- Mushroom au Gratin Potatoes boasts a plethora of flavors and textures from white buttons, criminis and shiitakes. This mushroom triple-threat melds with red potatoes, sherry, Gruyere cheese and rosemary in a palate-pleasing dish that can accompany your favorite meats or hold its own as a meatless main.

Breakfast category winner, Lisa Huff, resides in Wilton, CT. Lisa took breakfast to a whole new level with this savory Mushroom-Herb Stuffed Fresh Toast. Sautéed criminis and an herbed-cheese mixture are sandwiched between slices of hearty Texas toast and cooked until golden brown (then devoured with gusto).

Congratulations to all of our winners and a BIG thanks to everyone who entered. We had a blast giving away Weber Grills each week to 22 lucky entrants and we love seeing your creative ideas for cooking mushrooms every day, in every way. Share your tasty creations with us on Facebook and Twitter and we will shower you with lots of mushroom love! 

The Mushroom Masters App Attack with Elana's Pantry

We’ve reached Week 4- the final week of the Mushroom Masters- and we are going out on the offensive with stuffed mushrooms from gluten free guru Elana Amsterdam! These bite size beauties are perfect for every kind of party but make sure you account for extras.  Not only will your guests want “one more bite” but these make great snacks at home- no party necessary.

Hustle on over to Tastespotting to vote for a truly superb recipe anyone at your table can enjoy!

Herb Stuffed Mushrooms

  • 1 (1 pound) package white button mushrooms
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • ¼ cup minced parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  1. Gently wipe mushrooms with a paper towel
  2. Remove stems and place mushrooms on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  3. Place goat cheese, parsley, chives, garlic and salt in a food processor
  4. Process until mixture is well blended and tinted green
  5. Scoop mixture 1 teaspoon at a time into mushrooms
  6. Bake mushrooms for 20-25 minutes at 350° until edges of goat cheese mixture are lightly browned
  7. Cool and serve

Makes about 24 individual mushroom appetizers and serves 4-6 people

Equipment: paper towel, baking sheet, food processor

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Baking time:  20-25 minutes

A Very Fall Friday Post

I am intentionally writing this at the very end of the day on Friday. That’s how much we care about preserving your productivity. I say that because once you know Pinterest, it’s easy to be fully sucked in by the visual bookmarking glory. Never again will you forgot where you saw that beautiful recipe for Portabella Benedict  or Mushroom Stroganoff.

Now you easily find those photos among your pins and click through to the recipes themselves….all while sharing with a community of like-minded (err like-appetited) friends.

We’ve been collecting mushroom recipes via Pinterest for awhile now and would like to share three of our favorite fall finds for you to try out this weekend!

Mushrooms and Kale Hash from our friends over at Tastespotting:

Mushroom Pesto Lasagna from Italian Food Forever:

Mushroom Stroganoff from The Svelte Gourmet (wonder how it compares to ours?):

The Mushroom Masters Dinner Duel with Savory Sweet Life

Week 3 of the Mushroom Masters competition is upon us and I think we know what’s for dinner. I have a hard time looking at this photo without releasing an audible sigh. It just looks too good, too perfectly fall with those mushrooms in a rich thyme marsala sauce over braised beef and mashed potatoes.

As I’m writing this, we’re edging up on lunchtime in the Midwest and I’ve already made a grocery list and extended dinner invitations for tonight. My guess is that you’ll find yourself in a similar position.

We are eternally grateful to Alice of Savory Sweet Life for her stunning entry. Harness that hunger for a moment and please do take a moment to go vote for this bit of beauty on Tastespotting.

Recipe: Marsala Mushroom Cream Sauce over Beer Braised Beef

Serves 4-6

Head note: This recipe for Marsala Mushroom Cream Sauce over braised beef is the ultimate comfort food on a cool fall or winter day.  Perfect for serving any day of the week, this dinner is also fancy enough to serve guests.  Made with both button and crimini mushrooms, the Marsala Cream sauce is what makes this dish special.


Beer Braised Beef (recipe below)

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes (recipe below)

Marsala Mushroom Cream Sauce (recipe below)

Fresh Thyme Sprigs (garnish)


This recipe is assembled in three parts.  The Beer Braised Beef, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, and the Marsala Mushroom Sauce.   Prepare the beer braised beef according to the recipe below.  Forty-five minutes before the beef is ready, prepare the buttermilk mashed potatoes.  Fifteen minutes before the beef is ready to come out of the oven, prepare the Marsala mushroom sauce.   To assemble this dish, scoop a generous scoop of mashed potatoes in a bowl or plate.  Take 1-2 pieces of the braised beef and place it on top of the mashed potatoes.  Spoon a few spoonfuls of the gravy from the pot over the beef.  Top off the beef with a few generous spoonfuls of the Marsala mushroom cream sauce.  Garnish with a fresh sprig of thyme before serving.

Beef Braised Beef


1 (2-1/2 pound) boneless beef chuck roast

Kosher salt and ground pepper

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 medium yellow onions, halved and sliced thinly

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 (12-ounces) bottles lager beer, like Budweiser

3 beef bouillon cubes

3 sprigs fresh thyme

1 6-inch sprig rosemary


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.  Cut the beef in large 2 or 3-inch chunks.  Season the beef generously with salt and pepper.  Place the beef in a ziplock bag and add the flour.  Seal the bag and shake the beef until each piece is dredged and coated in flour. Add three tablespoons vegetable oil to a large heavy duty pot and heat over medium-high heat.  Brown the beef on all sides, and then transfer to a plate.  Add the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil to the pot and add the onions.  Cook the onions for 20 minutes until they are soft and slightly caramelized.  Stir in the balsamic vinegar, beer, and bouillon cubes.  Bring the mixture to boil, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom.  Add the beef and the juices from the plate back to the pot and give everything a good stir.  Cover the pot with a lid and place it in the oven for 2-1/2 hours.

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes


2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, washed and quartered

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, sliced

3/4 cup buttermilk

salt and pepper


Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.  Add the potatoes and cook for 20 minutes until fork tender.  Carefully strain the potatoes and place them in a large bowl.  Add the butter and allow it to melt.  Stir in the buttermilk.  Using a potato masher, carefully mash the potatoes until creamy.  Season with salt and pepper

Marsala Mushroom Cream Sauce


2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

8 ounces sliced crimini mushrooms

8 ounces sliced white button mushroom

3/4 cup Marsala wine

1/2 cup Heavy Cream

3 sprigs fresh thyme

salt and pepper


In a large skillet, heat the butter and oil over medium-high heat.  Once the butter is melted, add the mushrooms.  Sauté the mushrooms for 3-4 minutes until the mushrooms are barely cooked through.  Add the Marsala wine and cook for 5 minutes allowing the wine to slightly reduce.  Stir in the heavy cream and thyme.  Reduce the heat to medium and cook the mushroom sauce for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.