Guest Post: Spinach Ricotta Cannelloni with Mushroom Sauce

By Loreto and Nicoletta of SugarLoveSpices

Looking for that special recipe for a lovely Sunday lunch or special dinner. We have one for you: Spinach Ricotta Cannelloni with Mushroom Sauce. This dish screams flavor and deliciousness from the beautiful baked al-dente pasta right into that creamy spinach cheesy filling. Taking it over the top with a creamy white wine mushroom cream sauce. Truly a mouth-watering experience for sure.

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Guest Post: Shepherd’s Patty Pie

Recipe by Carole of The Yum Yum Factor

Shepherd’s pie was requested but it’s not my favourite. Why not make a filling that I really like and top it with some mashed something or other and just call it a day? I really wanted something that was a bit spicy, like a Jamaican beef patty. My beef/mushrooms patty filling is the right consistency, it’s spicy and the family likes them as much as I do. There was no reason it wouldn’t work.

And that is how Shepherd’s Patty Pie was born. I took my usual blend and extend beef/mushroom filling and topped with it with mashed sweet potatoes to balance out the heat and everyone got what they wanted.

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Guest Post: Chicken Cacciatore

Recipe by The Messy Baker

Cacciatore means “hunter,” but the only hunting I did was to search for the mislaid corkscrew. Since I usually have all the required ingredients on hand, I’m tempted to rename this dish Chicken Dispensa (Pantry). It’s more accurate but just doesn’t have the same ring. In this version, I sautéed extra mushrooms for garnish. Maybe I should call it Chicken Cacciatore Fungi?

No matter what you call it, this recipe is very flexible. Cut up a whole chicken or use any combination of pieces you like. Use crimini, button or portobello mushrooms. Like it hot? Add some hot peppers along with the red.

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Guest Post: Turkey Scallopini with Mushroom Cognac Sauce

By Charmian Christie, aka The Messy Baker

Does the thought of brining, stuffing, and carving a turkey make you want to cancel Thanksgiving and order out? Put down the phone and pick up a meat mallet. This simple but elegant dish can be on the table in under an hour yet is worthy of the holidays. Whether you’re celebrating Friendsgiving or hosting a small-scale family gathering, tender turkey smothered in a mushroom-cognac sauce is always welcomed.

I used a pre-mixed blend of oyster, shiitake and crimini mushrooms. Still, the humble white button mushroom will rise to the occasion. If turkey doesn’t suit, try chicken breast, pork tenderloin, or even veal. After all, mushrooms play nicely with any thinly pounded white meat.

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Guest Post: Mushroom & Parmesan Muffins

Recipe By Charmian Christie aka The Messy Baker.

How ironic these light muffins can do such heavy lifting. Tired of breakfast cereal? Scramble some eggs and grab a mushroom-studded muffin. Stumped for a lunchbox treat? Pop in a muffin. Need a sugar-free after-school snack? Muffins to the rescue. They even make a satisfying late-night snack.

Consider these mild-mannered muffins as a launch point. I designed them for maximum appeal, but you can customize them to suit nearly every occasion or taste with a simple swap or two. Try a smoked gouda or sharp cheddar instead of Parmesan. If you’re bored with standard bacon, try smoky diced ham, sweet candied bacon, or spicy chorizo. Like it hot? Add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, hot smoked paprika, or chipotle powder. Mushrooms can take it. In fact, I suspect they welcome the challenge.

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