Come See us at the Ottawa Wine & Food Festival

That’s right! Mushrooms Canada is in our Nation’s Capitol this weekend cooking up a storm at the Ottawa Wine & Food Festival, November 9-11th.

The Ottawa Wine & Food Festival is the place to be this weekend if you’re a wine lover, foodie or just someone who’s looking for an exciting weekend out! I’m most looking forward to the Cooking Demonstrations each day…

Be delighted and inspired as you learn how to prepare the favourite dishes of celebrity Chefs from top restaurants and cookbook authors at the Show’s Demonstration Kitchen. It’s good fun and a great way to learn culinary techniques – and walk away with great free recipes!” 

Make sure to stop by Mushrooms Canada’s booth, Booth #16, for a mouthwatering sample of Simple Sauteed Mushrooms. While you’re there, make sure you grab our brown paper bags, recipe booklets, and a ballot to enter to win a T-Fal Hot Spot Frying Pan.

I will be tweeting while at the show, so make sure to follow Mushrooms Canada over on Twitter or on Facebook!

// Giveaway Alert! \
Want to win a Mushrooms Canada Apron? 

Well, if you are at the show and you see Mushrooms Canada Tweet: “Ottawa Wine & Food Show! I’m giving away a Make it with Mushrooms apron to the 1st person to come to our booth & scream “I Love Mushrooms!” Come on by, exclaim your love, and you win!

You can find all the information on the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival on their website.

Will I be seeing you at the show?

-Shannon

8 More Days of PINK

That’s right! October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month has come to an end, but our PINK tills will remain in stores until Saturday November 10th. 

We want to thank each of you for your continued support of our Mushrooms Go PINK campaign and for your support in raising awareness for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.

Be sure to let us know which or our PINK Bloggers Recipes was your favourite and don’t forget that you still have time to get in those contest entries! Contest closes November 10th.

Mushrooms Do Movember

Have you heard of Movember? Do you participate at work, school, or in your community?

“During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives.”

Movember raises funds for Prostate Cancer Canada by having men join teams and getting sponsors and donations for those teams. Check out the Rules for Movember here

The Canadian Cancer Society recommends choosing 5 to 10 servings of vegetables and fruit every day to reap the benefits of their disease-fighting antioxidants and phytochemicals. As they are low in calories and fat, have very little carbohydrate and provide some fibre, fresh mushrooms are a delicious way to eat healthy. In addition, emerging research also suggests that mushrooms and mushroom extracts may have potent anticancer activity, against both breast and prostate cancer.

Each week, we will be showing off a new Mushtache to show our Movember support!

Simple Sauteed Mushrooms:

-Shannon

Happy Halloween!

Although it’s a chilly, rainy day, the Halloween spirit is not lost. I saw children boarding their school buses this morning decked out in their scariest trick-or-treating garb.

I’ve put together a list of great snacks for your little ones to enjoy before going candy hunting! Have these ready for when these little ghouls, witches and super heroes come home from school  this afternoon.

Scary Crunchy Portabella Fingers are the perfect festive snack! This Cap Crew Recipe quickly makes 10-12 slices. Make the dish a little more creepy, crawly, by placing a whole, fresh Portabella Cap on the plate, gills down, and placing the Portabella Fingers around it to make the tasty dish look even more like a hand!

If you have really little ones coming off the bus, you may be trying to get them to the neighbours before our limited daylight goes away. For a great snack in minutes, try this Snappy Cheesy Mushroom Snack on it’s own or on toast.

If you have time for a hearty, warm meal before sending them out to collect their treats, cook up some Yummy Macaroni, Cheese and Mushrooms. For some added texture to this meal, stir in some slices wieners, pepperoni, diced ham or crumbled pre-cooked bacon. Send them out on a full stomach so they wont be quite as tempted to eat their whole bag of goodies tonight.

Be sure to bundle them up in this chilly air and make sure they know the safety rules and the rules of the road. Hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween!

-Shannon

Autumn BBQ

With this unusually warm weather today, all I can think about it firing up the grill! It’s not too often in October that the weather reaches over 20C so I’m ready to take advantage! I’ve rounded up some of my favourite blogger dishes that are either done on the grill or can be modified for your grilling pleasure:

Mushrooms Stuffed with Caprese {Via Lubie to…gotowanie}
Seared Yellowfin Tuna with Mushroom Sauce {Via The Foodie Couple}
Steak Kabobs with Fancy Veggies {Via Costa Kitchen}
A favourite of mine pulled from the Mushrooms Canada recipe index is Buffalo and Blue Cheese Stuffed Button Mushrooms by Pithy and Cleaver. They have a beautiful fall colour and can be easily done on the grill.
Be sure to include mushrooms in your meals this fall to help maintain a strong immune system and keep that cold at bay. Certain mushroom extracts (including extracts from white button mushrooms) may have, according to research, a positive effect on the immune system.
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What are you grilling up tonight?

-Shannon

PINK Twitter Party Recipes

On October 3rd, Mushrooms Canada and the Food Bloggers of Canada teamed up to bring you a fun-filled and informative chat about Mushrooms and Health! We had an awesome turn out and all sorts of mushroom recipes were shared. 
We’ve put a collection of all of the mushroom recipes shared that night on our Pinterest page as a digital recipe book and reminder for you to go to on those busy nights! 
Check out some of our favourites of the night:
Mushroom, Spinach, and Ricotta Pie {Via The Brunette Baker}
Thai Style Mushroom Soup {Via Nutrition meets Life}
Mushroom Carbonara Pasta {Via Crumb}
Salmon with Mushrooms {Via The Dallas Morning News}
Mushroom Lasagna Dinner {Via My Daily Randomness}
Don’t forget if you haven’t yet registered for our Mushrooms Go PINK Contest, there’s still time! Register for your chance to win a $500 Visa Gift Card. What would you spend your winnings on?