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Showing posts with label Mushrooms. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mushrooms. Show all posts

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cocktail Party Fare: Shiitake Mushroom Crostini topped with Parmesan Cheese

        

The Cocktail Party is a perennial fixture of summer in the Hamptons. Let’s face it, it’s a great way to get all your social commitments covered in one big bash.  It generally lasts a finite number of hours, usually three at most, and gives you a chance to put people together without worrying yourself sick over whether they’ll get along at a dinner table.
  Of course, with something as ubiquitous as the
Alec Waugh
Cocktail Party, there’s bound to be some question over who first invented it.  Alec Waugh, an English writer and the elder brother of the better-known Evelyn Waugh, is often given the credit for inventing the Cocktail Party.  In the 1920s in London, he served Rum Swizzles to an astonished group of friends who thought they’d been invited for tea. Early evening drinks parties in London took off from there. But the actual credit for the invention of the Cocktail Party must go to a Mrs. Julius S. Walsh Jr of St. Louis, Missouri.  In May of 1917, Mrs. Walsh invited 50 guests to her house on a Sunday at high noon for a drinks party with a one-hour duration.   The event was written up in the St.
The home of Mrs. Julius Walsh Jr.
now owned, ironically, by the
Diocese of St. Louis
Paul MN. Pioneer Press. Since St. Paul is over 500 miles from St. Louis, Mrs. Walsh’s party must have been wildly newsworthy perhaps because Mrs. Walsh's invitees must have come directly from church services to drink at Mrs. Walsh's.  The newspaper reported “The party scored an instant hit” and noted that within weeks, cocktail parties had become “a St. Louis institution”.  And what about the food?

Monday, April 28, 2014

Mushroom "BLT"s with Basil Mayonnaise from Chef Rich Landau of Vedge Restaurant, Philadelphia



      Richard Landau is a chef in Philadelphia at a vegetarian restaurant called “Vedge”.  He and his wife, Katie Jacoby, are also authors of a cookbook by the same name (The Experiment 2013).  In the run up to the book’s publication, Rich contributed this recipe to Food and Wine magazine.  It's an incarnation of one of my favorite sandwiches, the BLT.  But instead of the B, he pressed Oyster Mushrooms into service.  The result is a stunning take on the original.  Meaty and full of flavor.  Pick the right bread and you'll be in heaven.  
      The firm, meaty texture of the mushroom takes the place of the Bacon.  Now anyone who has ever had
Really Good Bread makes
a really great sandwich.
the misfortune to taste what the vegan stand-in for bacon is, will give this substitution a standing O.   I made these for a light supper.  Andrew and I couldn’t get over how good they were.   I used the “tomatoes on the vine” and they passed muster. But I couldn’t help think how glorious this will taste once we are in tomato season.  I also opted for a really great loaf of seeded rye bread which I toasted and spread with the easy-to-make basil mayonnaise.  A couple of romaine lettuce leaves, the tomato slice and the sautéed mushrooms, lots of salt and pepper and voila, a meatless meal in no time. I made this for the two of us.  It could easily be doubled but beware, you will want to eat every one you can get your hands on. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Wild Mushroom and Sausage Hash with Poached Eggs

         
The 3 lb Gourmet Collection
is irresistible to Mushroom Lovers
All summer long, I’ve been working with Jane Maguire and John Quigley on their burgeoning Long Island Mushroom Inc. business.  The two have supplied restaurants that are at the very top of the Hamptons food chain.  And they’ve been at local farmers’ markets in Greenport and Shelter Island.  They’d be in more of these were it not for some of the restrictive policies that make farmers’ markets not nearly as competitive as they should be.  But never mind.  With products like their 3 lb. Gourmet Basket showcasing three varieties—Maitakes, Blue Oysters and Shiitakes—they’re going places.  If you’re a restauranteur, you’re in luck.  Given 24 hours notice, Long Island Mushroom Inc. promises delivery to any locale on the East End.  Just call 631 876 5401.  If you’re a consumer, they’ll be at the Farmers’ Market in Greenport and you can also find their offerings at Sang Lee Farm in Cutchogue, Garden of Eve in Riverhead, Country View Farm in Southold, and Schmitts Farm in Laurel.   I love their mushrooms and am constantly on the outlook for ways to serve them.  Today, I am going to share with you an ideal mushroom dish for Fall.   It’s a personal sacrifice too. Because once a recipe gets published here, that’s usually it for our house.  But in this case, I can’t imagine not making this again and again.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Mushroom and Pepper Jack Tart with Long Island Mushrooms

         
Long Island Mushroom company is the brainchild of two Rhode Island natives who grew up in the same town, became High School Sweethearts, parted ways and re-kindled their romance thirty-two years later.  Jane Maguire and John Quigley are their names and Long Island Mushroom is their second act-–both personally and professionally.  The couple have taken to mushroom farming in a big way.  Their 6500 square foot growing space on the North Fork is packed with glorious
Left to Right: Shiitakes, Blue Oyster and
Miitake Mushrooms from
Long Island Mushroom
Shiitakes, Miitakes and Blue Oyster mushrooms, the perfect combination for creating “wild” mushroom dishes without foraging for them on your own.  You don’t even have to clean them.  That’s because they are grown without soil on pressed paper and sawdust logs that they couple brings in from ‘the mushroom capital of the US’, Kennett Square Pennsylvania.  They’re grown under strict temperature controls and in very high humidity.  Each log produces ‘blooms’ of mushrooms that are harvested simply by being snapped off.  Each log produces 3 crops of mushrooms in a 48 day period before being replaced.  With Jane manning sales and John keeping the farm growing, Long Island Mushroom has found its way into the top restaurant kitchens on the East End, including “The Topping Rose House” in Bridgehampton, Tom Collichio’s wildly successful foray into the Hamptons. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Creamed Mushroom Bruschetta with Caramelized Onions From Chef Chris Pandel of Chicago's Balena via Sam Sifton in the New York Times Magazine


  
        
Balena
1633 N Halsted St  Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 867-3888
As Sam Sifton recalls, when the waitress at Chicago’s Balena restaurant approached the table with a steak knife, everyone’s eyebrows went up. No one had ordered steak.  The waitress explained the knife was for the mushrooms.  Someone had ordered a ravishing dish: Creamy-rich Creminis browned to perfection and very simply cooked with some shallots and fresh thyme before being turned into complete ambrosia with a beaker of heavy cream.  Not content to stop there, Chef Chris Pandel used them atop thick slices of toasted Sour Dough Rye Bread crowned with the sweetest of caramelized onions. They literally jumped off the page at me. I could not wait to try them. And neither apparently could Sam Sifton.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Joe Beef’s Big Beautiful Roasted Mushrooms



         I’ve already waxed poetic over Joe Beef, that phenomenal Montreal restaurant where we craved everything we ate.  Almost everything we tried was truly over the top.  And Andrew and I were not the least bit surprised to see that “The World According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of sorts” tops most Top Ten Cookbooks of 2011 lists.   The book is just a delight and just as delightful as Frederic Morin whom we were so pleased to meet when we ate there.  I literally bought the book the first day it came out in the US.  And of course, I couldn’t wait to try the recipes that he and his partner, David McMillan have put together for their readers.  But it may come as a surprise that the first recipe I tried was one for simple large white mushrooms. And I thought, “if we’re doing 12 days of Christmas recipes, why not include this one?”  It’s a perfect accompaniment to any holiday roast—beef, chicken, pork or lamb.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Strip Steaks with Brandied Porcini Mushroom Sauce


I love to pan sauté steaks.  They get a really good caramelized topping and they’re very easy to cook.  I realize it may be the height of barbecue season, but it’s really oppressively hot outside.  So I bring this recipe to your attention because you can cook it quickly and easily and stay in the Air Conditioning while you do.   And you actually couldn’t really get this recipe right on the grill because you need the pan drippings for the sauce.  So keep cool and eat like a king.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Butternut Squash and Duxelles, a vegetarian main course or a great new side dish to try.




I remember when my Mother got her first Cuisinart in the 70s.  They were about the same price they are now but in '70s dollars, they weren’t cheap.  But my Mother was notorious for buying any labor-saving device that would get her out of the kitchen as quickly as possible.  So it wasn’t a surprise that she  latched onto the Cuisinart in the first wave of buyers.  I remembered asking her what she could make with it.  “Peanut Butter” she replied, “and Duxelles”.  Why you would spend over $200.00 for something you could get in a jar for .79 cents was a little beyond me.  And I can positively guarantee that no dish involving Duxelles, that paste of finely chopped mushrooms and shallots so dear to classic French cuisine, ever came out of my mother’s kitchen.  But in trying to find some vegetarian dishes to share with you, I came across a wonderful casserole of Butternut Squash, and yes, Duxelles.