Steak with Sauteed Mushrooms and Chianti Caramel Sauce

Steak and Sauteed Mushrooms

Last fall I traveled to Wichita. I kinda fell in love with the town, and off all things a flipping off the charts amazing steak I had delivered via room service. I’m not much to eat out by myself (social butterfly and all). I HATE doing it and only do so if there’s no other option, so that night, room service and robes it was. Typically room service isn’t always fantastic. Let’s be honest about that, so I knew I was going out on a limb ordering steak. I’m a risk taker like that. I’m glad I did because the chianti caramel sauce that came with a filet so tender it melted in my mouth like unsalted butter, blew me away.

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Creamy Risotto with Crispy Mushrooms

Creamy Risoto with Crispy Mushrooms
I am an all in kind of girl. Once I make up my mind to do something (now this could take me a while mind you) I’m GOING to do it. This year I decided it was time to move from the back of a motorcycle to piloting my own. I decided on a Saturday, bought my bike that day, got my permit on Monday and learned to drive her (I’m fully licensed and endorsed now, because safety first y’all). That was 7 months ago and I haven’t looked back since. I’m on her every chance I get. I’m only wondering why in the world it took me so long to go for it. Why wait, do that thing that you’ve been contemplating. Not quite ready to take a big plunge? Well how about a small plunge? Eat that bowl of carb loaded deliciousness you’ve been wanting,  grab your big girl (boy) spoon and dive in! You can always work it off later.

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Savory Baked Brie with Crispy Mushrooms

Savory Baked Brie with Crispy Mushrooms

Not all baked bries are sweet y’all. If you’ve never had a savory baked brie you’re in for a treat. This one is SENSATIONAL, if I do say so myself. I’ve made it no less than 4 times already this week. That should give you some idea of how obsessed I am with this recipe. I think it’s the perfect holiday appetizer for anything from Thanksgiving to New Years Eve or who am I kidding, just because you want some melty cheese goodness topped with a smattering of crispy mushrooms for lunch, brunch, dinner or snack time. Research people, the things I do for y’all.

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Linguine with Lemon Thyme and Mushrooms

Linguine with Lemon Mushrooms and Herbs
I’m going to go ahead and tell you straight away that I am OBSESSED with this pasta dish. It’s pretty much brilliance on a plate. I wish I could take credit for it but it’s not mine, it’s from the ridiculously gorgeous and talented Nigella Lawson. When I saw this particular recipe floating around online I was intrigued immediately. There was no book marking it for later, I made it RIGHT THEN. It’s super simple to prepare and the flavor factor is off the charts. Even the most novice of cooks could make this so is there absolutely no excuses for anyone regardless of their cooking level not to try this. Well unless you’re allergic to a particular ingredient in here and then well it’s okay to take a pass.

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Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuff it! I meant that in the nicest possible way of course. We’re stuffing ‘shrooms because they’re obviously delicious and because it’s appetizer season. Small bites rule the roost for the next little while and stuffed shrooms are one of the simplest and crowd pleasing appetizers you can put together. They grace just about every restaurant menu (read they’re good people, really good). Not to mention you can stuff them with just about anything your heart desires. Today our heart desires SAUSAGE and CHEESE please. What could be bad about those two? Um, nothing.

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Marinated Mushrooms

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Last week was unintentionally dessert week on the blog. It was hard to miss our parade of chocolate. I know you saw them all. It’s hard to look away from Warm Chocolate Nutella Melting CakeBrown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and  S’Mores Panna Cotta . I go for a few weeks of blog posts until I realize I have neglected my sweet tooth and then I tend to get a little carried away and over compensate for said lack of baking. Sigh. Which is exactly why I don’t bake more often. I eat it all. Then I want more. Double sigh. I am a sucker for sweets. Are you saying no duh Paula (and is it suddenly the 80’s again? Where did that phrase get dug up from) What do sweets have to do with marinated mushrooms? Nothing at all. Just marks our return to cooking for a few weeks.

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Couscous with Mushrooms and Herbs

 

I’m not sure what took me so long to jump on the couscous train. I suppose better late than never eh? Regardless I’m glad I finally did. It is pretty incredible. Little balls of pasta-liciousness bursting with flavor. Almost like savory boba balls (you know the ones in bubble tea or at the fro-yo shop) without the liquid burst. Okay not at all like boba balls I just also happen to like those. A lot. Like I have a 7 pound jar in my Amazon cart right now. I don’t kid about food. Ever. What else do I love? Mushrooms. Mushrooms plus Israeli couscous = happy happy happy.

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Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

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Fall is one of my favorite times of year. The weather is cooler which means we can open the windows, fire up the oven and bust out our boots and cardigans. It makes me want to cook even more. We typically have friends over at least once a week. I like to have a small appetizer ready to go when they arrive.

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Rosemary Skewered Grilled Mushrooms

Who needs skewers when you have rosemary? That aromatic herb can be used for so many things. Which is a good thing considering I have a bush of rosemary as large as my car. I’m ALWAYS looking for uses for that hearty herb and one of my favorites is to use it as a skewer. You don’t ever have to remember to soak it for 30 minutes prior to using (pesky wooden skewers) and it lightly flavors the food you’re skewering. AND there’s no washing a metal  skewer afterwards (you know how much I hate doing dishes)!

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Braised Pork with Rosemary and Mushrooms {Arrosto con il Rosmarino}

I could tell you how incredibly insanely delicious that braised pork roast is in the photo. OR how I used it to make not one but three meals. But I know you see that gorgeous cassis Le Creuset in the photo and you see giveaway in the title and now you’re heart is beating a little faster and you’re just not thinking clearly. It’s not your fault. It is Le Creuset after all. So I’m just going to get right to it. Christmas is coming a little early for someone. ONE lucky bell’alimento reader is going to WIN one of those for her {or him} self!

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Carote con Funghi {Carrots and Mushrooms}

Happy New Year! Was one of your resolutions to eat more Veggies? Well this year I tried not to make any resolutions but adding more vegetables to your diet is always a good idea. Besides, when they’re bright and happy like this carrot and mushroom dish, they’re hard to resist!

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Funghi Trifolati {Sauteed Mushrooms}

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We love mushrooms! Yes, it’s true. If you search for mushrooms on bell’alimento you’ll be inundated with recipes. I make no apologies for that. Long live the shroom ; ) And now that I am a contributor for The Mushroom Channel you’ll be seeing even more shroom recipes! So naturally because we love them I’m always looking for ways to incorporate mushrooms into our meals.  

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Capellini ai Funghi e Caviale {Angel Hair w/Mushrooms & Caviar} + GIVEAWAY !

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It’s almost Mother’s Day! Yes, that’s right, honey are you listening ; ) For me, it’s a day when all I really want is peace & quiet in the house {Miss Priss, Middle Man & Bruiser you listening} & for someone else to cook for me. And if there happens to be a little something extra well then that’s just icing on the cake! Okay maybe a nice bottle of wine too ; ) 

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Bistecche ai Funghi {Steak w/Mushrooms}

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Ah steak & shrooms, they just go hand in hand don’t they! Well as usual, everything sounds better in Italian. I think I’m just going to start speaking in Italian full time. Cosa pensi? eh he he… Bistecche ai Funghi is pronounced Biz-stay-kay I foon-gee & it’s just that, steak & shrooms.Are you ready for a different take on this classic combination? I had this dish (as with every other LOL) in Italy forevah ago & thought it was genius. You’ve got this crunchy toast (essentially a piece of Texas Toast as it’s known round here ; ) on the bottom, a luscious piece of medium steak. Because yes, I think that steak should be eaten medium with a warm pink center *drool* and then it’s topped with a blanket of scrumptious shrooms that have been basking in a tomato wine based sauce! SUBLIME! It’s full of texture, flavor & it’s oh so filling! What more can you ask for!

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Eat on 30 Project – Day 7 Pizza con Pesto e Funghi {Pizza w/Pesto & Mushrooms}

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We’ve reached the final day of our challenge. This week has been full of ups & downs but we made it through! To be completely honest it was truly an emotional rollercoaster. Sometimes my children sulked and were completely unhappy about the whole thing but I think that after all is said and done they learned some valuable lessons this week. I’ve seen them drinking every last drop of what they pour themselves. I’ve seen them put any leftover food in the fridge to go back to later. *Smiling* They were listening this week (well, even if I did have to tell them a few times, ok a lot of times). I would be lying if I said it hasn’t changed me either. I look at food in a whole new light. Today I was at the grocery to pick up a few items & I started to put things into the buggy, I stopped & put some back. I didn’t “need” them, I simply “wanted” them. Big difference.

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Funghi Gratinati {Mushrooms au Gratin}

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Ah another Fabulous Italian dish! Funghi {foon-gee (as in gee like geek)} Gratinati, is so much fun to say! Italian for Mushrooms au Gratin! or Simply FAB FUNGHI! This is by FAR one of the BEST mushrooms dishes I have EVER had, if not THE best…Can I just say MMMMMMMmmmmhhhh! I know that’s not technically an adjective or description but it’s spot on!

I am going to have to make a double batch of these next time. No question about it. They didn’t last five minutes at my dinner table and I could have eaten the entire dish by myself. Yes, seriously the WHOLE dish! It’s that good ppl. If you like mushrooms then you MUST, you simply MUST try this.

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Mushrooms

Okay, I must admit until recently I was NOT a fan of the Brussel Sprout. At the very mention of the word, I conjured up memories of small, soggy, green vegetable balls from my childhood that I was told to eat because they were “good for me”. They were tasteless & lifeless & I wanted nothing to do with them. Until now that is! 

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Broccolini Mushroom Salad

Broccolini Mushroom Salad

This is a super simple side salad (or salad for one if you’re not into sharing and I couldn’t blame you on this one) that’s perfect for spring and summer. It comes together lickety split for those of us who aren’t high on cooking as it gets warmer. I’m more about grill all the things then. Or just because you’re starving (hangry people where you at?) and impatient but don’t want to down a bag of chips. I can’t be the only one, right?

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Vegetable Noodle Bowl

Vegetable Noodle Bowl
I’m going to go ahead and admit that Ramen Noodles were a staple of my college diet, and when I say staple I mean I ate it MULTIPLE times a week. What can I say besides I was a poor college student and they were dirt cheap (still are) and filled me up. These days I still love Ramen Noodles but I gussy them up before grabbing my chop sticks. I still buy the cheap-o deluxe noodles, you know the ones that you can actually buy by the case at the big box stores, or you can even pick up at the dollar store for 5 packs for $1. Those. You know the ones.

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Girls Getaway – The Carolinas

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Sometimes a girl just needs a getaway. Last month Susan and I decided to take a spontaneous carb filled mid week mini getaway to the Carolina coast. We had no specific destination in mind other than the coast. Spontaneity. It’s a good thing. Well unless we didn’t find a room then it wouldn’t have been a good thing as we would have been sleeping in the car (there are worse things). We started towards Wilmington where we stopped for lunch and something sweet. Well a whole lot of sweet.

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