Feature Friday: Marvelous Mushroom Pairings

Mushrooms add plenty of pizzazz and make just about any food more flavourful.

Mushrooms with PastaWhole wheat pasta. What could be easier than cooking up a bowl of hearty whole wheat pasta? Tossing some cooked, sliced mushrooms into the pasta or even the tomato sauce adds a satisfying meaty texture and appealing taste.

Lean white fish. Mushrooms and fish may not be the first thing you think of but once you taste this fabulous flavour pairing you’ll be happy you discovered it. Poached in a little white wine or fish stock, lemon juice and herbs, sliced mushrooms add oomph to nutritious lean white fish such as sole, haddock and tilapia.

Mushroom RisottoRice. There is nothing so elegant yet so comforting than a steaming hot bowl of creamy fresh mushroom risotto.

Polenta. Top grilled polenta with a generous spoonful of fresh sliced or chopped mushrooms, sautéed in some olive oil or butter and tossed with fresh herbs such as thyme, salt, pepper and a smidgen of sherry or balsamic vinegar. Divine.

Sandwiches and Wraps. Sliced fresh mushrooms give lovely crunch and a flavour boost to sandwiches and wraps. In fact, a grilled Portabella mushroom makes a great sandwich “filler” itself! Just layer the mushroom between Mushroom Panini Sandwichtwo slices of whole grain bread and top with some cheese, herbed mayonnaise or some more fresh vegetables.

Soup. Make canned soups more interesting and more nutritious by adding sliced fresh mushrooms. Simmer for a few minutes to soften the mushrooms if you wish.

posted by Brittany

Happy Canada Day

Today Canadians everywhere are celebrating the 142nd Birthday of our country!

Although this year Canada Day falls smack-dab in the middle of the week, local festivities and gatherings of family and friends will help us celebrate this momentous occasion and make us forget that we all have to go back to work tomorrow!

So, if you are looking for some great Canada Day recipes, Mushrooms Canada has just what you need.

Barbecued Mushroom and Spinach Pizzettes
Pitas make these individual pizzas a breeze to create for a nutritious light meal or snack.

Marinated Portabella Burgers
A delicious vegetarian option to regular burgers since grilled portabellas have a meat–like texture and flavour.

Grilled Chicken and Portabella Mushrooms with Peppercorn Sauce
The flavourful sauce is mildly spiced since green peppercorns are the under-ripe berry from the pepper plant and therefore not as hot as black peppercorns. This dish is utterly simple to prepare but special enough for entertaining.

I hope you all have a wonderful Canada Day and celebrate safely!


posted by Brittany

Check Us Out: Mushroom News Online

Check Us Out: Mushroom News Online brings together all the interesting and delicious mushrooms stories from the web to one place.

News Finds:

Chatelaine reports that mushrooms are the new Superfood, we couldn’t agree more!

Bravo TV’s ‘Top Chef’ Carla Hall shares love of mushrooms
“I love mushrooms all kinds of mushrooms, and I always have,” Hall said. “A lot of people who don’t like mushrooms, a lot of time, as it is with anything, haven’t had them cooked properly.”

Sautéed wild mushrooms with baby spinach
You can use any combination of mushrooms in this recipe, including chanterelles, morels or even white button. Enjoy this on the side or turn it into a vegetarian entrée over pasta or rice.

Portobello Mushroom Burger
This is the true meaning of a veggie burger! Portobello mushrooms are the perfect size to fit in a traditional hamburger bun, they grill up beautifully, and their substantial texture and rich taste will have everyone begging for seconds.

Road Grill host Matt Dunigan’s Portobella Burger Stack
It’s summer, and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to fire up the BBQ. Matt Dunigan shows you how to share the grill with your herbivore friends with this hearty portobello recipe.

Blog Finds:

Yum yum mushrooms

Grow your own mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms

Mushrooms: Portobello, Shiitake & Crimini

Recipe for Roasted Mushrooms with Garlic, Thyme, and Balsamic Vinegar

posted by Brittany

The Cap Crew Colouring Contest

School’s out for summer!!

Today marks the day that most Canadian schools take a break for summer holidays, and most parents prepare themselves to hear the never-ending, “I’m bored,” and “there is nothing to do!”

Mushrooms Canada has just what you need to fulfill to your kids quest to find something to do, The Cap Crew Colouring Contest!

The Cap Crew Colouring ContestSimply download The Cap Crew Colouring Contest, print it off, and hand it over to the kids! It’s guaranteed to keep them busy for at least 10 minutes while you read, shop, or make dinner.

The best part is, this little masterpiece could win your kid a “Cap Crew Back to School Prize Pack” filled with lots of goodies and school necessities.

So what are you waiting for, get them colouring!

Download The Cap Crew Colouring Contest & Official Rules here.

For more fun-filled mushroom activities, like our Cap Crew Trivia Game and Activity Booklet, visit the Sizzling Skillet Arcade on The Cap Crew website, www.thecapcrew.ca.

posted by Brittany

Kitchen Kathy Presents: Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Asparagus & Prosciutto Goat Cheese

My name is Kathy and a few months ago I started my recipe blog, Kitchen Kathy. It’s a fun way for me to experiment with new recipes, and share the results with anyone who might be interested. I’m a stay-at-home mom from the Prairies, and last fall I was the grand prize winner in an online recipe contest for my “Smokey Chicken Caesar Salad”. Ten years ago I never would have thought I could be an award-winning cook or a guest blogger on a recipe website… it’s amazing what a little creativity in the kitchen can do!

My award-winning recipe unfortunately does not have mushrooms in it, however, mushrooms have always played a vital role in my culinary development. As a child, ham & mushroom pizza was always my favourite (and by favourite, I mean it was the only kind I would eat!) When I moved away from home after university, I quickly discovered I wasn’t much of a chef…. my “signature” recipe while living in Mexico was to fry up some mushrooms and onions, mash up some potatoes, and put it all together in a tortilla with a sprinkling of guacamole seasoning. It actually tasted pretty good, but honestly, it’s not something I’m proud of! Luckily I’ve gotten a little more adventurous in the kitchen, and my mushroom recipes have gotten progressively better.

Most of my recipes are adaptations of things I find online, in magazines, or on cooking shows. When asked to submit an original recipe for this blog, I was inspired to re-invent my latest mushroom recipe, which was Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Tzaziki. They were so good, and I figured there had to be another fabulous way to prepare them. So here’s what I came up with:


4 portobello mushrooms, washed and stems removed
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
1/4 c. cola
1/4 c. olive oil
8 asparagus stalks, washed, trimmed, and seasoned with olive oil and sea salt
4 slices of prosciutto, diced
1 c. goat cheese (or softened cream cheese if you prefer)
4 hamburger buns, grilled

Marinate the mushrooms in a mixture of balsamic vinegar, cola, and olive oil while you wash, trim, and grill the asparagus (3-4 minutes per side). Set the asparagus aside and grill the mushrooms for 5 minutes on each side, brushing the tops with excess marinade when you flip them over. While mushrooms are grilling, dice the asparagus and combine it with prosciutto and cheese. When mushrooms are done, set them on a grilled bun and top them with the cheese mixture.

Some of my favourite mushroom recipes are:
Better Bacon Pasta
Prosciutto Portobello Pesto Pizza
Marinated Portabella Burgers

posted by Kitchen Kathy

Feature Friday: An Easy Father’s Day Breakfast

How does that old saying go? The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? If that’s the case, you will certainly win over Dad’s heart this Father’s Day with this fast and easy recipe, Baked Eggs with Mushrooms.

This is the perfect breakfast to start Dad’s day off right. Filled with lots of B-Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and protein, Baked Eggs with Mushrooms will give the whole family energy to enjoy this special day.

Baked Eggs with Mushrooms
Preparation Time: 5 mins. Cooking Time: 20 mins.

No need to boil, poach or scramble just bake eggs in the oven on a tasty mushroom sauté. If you don’t have ramekins try using gratin dishes, oven –proof soup, dessert or cereal dishes, coffee mugs or custard cups.

1 tbsp vegetable oil 15 mL
8 oz fresh sliced fresh Mushrooms 250 g
1/3 cup diced red pepper (optional) 75 mL
1 tbsp minced fresh parsley (optional) 15 mL
1/4 tsp Each salt and pepper 1 mL
1/2 tsp dried thyme, tarragon or basil (optional) 2 mL
4 large eggs 4
1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 75 mL

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 ºF (180ºC). In a medium skillet heat oil over medium–high heat, sauté mushrooms 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned and moisture is released. Add red pepper, parsley, salt, pepper and herb if using; sauté 1 minute. Spoon evenly into 4 lightly greased (6 oz/ 90 mL) ramekins. Crack one egg into each ramekin and sprinkle cheese evenly on top. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes (baked eggs are done when whites are set and puffy but yolks are just starting to set). Serve with toast to dip in the soft yolk.

Makes 4 servings

Tip: If using wide gratin dishes in place of ramekins make a well in the middle of the mushrooms and crack eggs into the well; increase cheese to ½ cup (125 mL). For brunch bake herbed tomato halves in the oven with the eggs.

1. Substitute Swiss or Havarti with jalapeno cheese for Cheddar.
2. Substitute diced cooked ham for red pepper.
3. Substitute ½ cup (125 mL) salsa or chili sauce for the red pepper, salt pepper and herbs.
4. French Style: for a softer texture eggs may be baked in a water bath. Place the filled ramekins in a roasting pan or baking pan (large enough so they are not touching each other). Place the pan on the oven shelf and pour in enough boiling water into the pan to reach ½-2/3 up the side of the ramekin. Bake as directed 12- 15 minutes.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving): Calories 152, Sodium 263 mg, Protein 9.4 g, Fat 11.7 g, Carbohydrates 2.6 g, Dietary Fibre 0.9 g

This recipe is an Excellent Source of Protein

You might also try:
Mushroom Pita Pockets for Lunch
Mushrooms with Mediterranean Tuna Dip for a Snack
Basque Chicken for Dinner

posted by Brittany