Mushroom Monday

I am a terrible recipe writer/giver because, like my mother, I don’t really have measurements or exact specifications. I tend to cook based on taste and guesstimation. I always used to joke it was because of my Indian background. We don’t have measuring utensils, pots with hands, or even any butter knives at home but somehow my mom is an amazing cook, and I have the unfortunate waist size to prove it but this recipe I have for you today thrives on putting your personal taste and flair so I hope you try it!

MEATLESS STUFFED MUSHROOMS:

Ingredients:

mushrooms- I usually use button or Champignon mushrooms and the fresher they are, the more delicious (as per usual)

spinach

garlic cloves

ricotta cheese/mozzarella cheese/Parmesan cheese/pepper jack: as far as cheese goes, it is entirely up to you! The one in the pictures today I used a combo of ricotta and mozzarella but I have done with with just pepper jack and a combo of parmecan and mozzarella. It really just depends on what you are looking for. The Ricotta is very smooth and creamy so I really enjoyed it. With cheese, you can’t go wrong but I have to say mozzarella cheese does compliment the mushrooms very nicely.

onions (optional)

salt

pepper

bread crumbs

Those are the basics…feel free to add anything else to give it a little more zest! maybe some orange zest? peppers? croutons? whatever you want!

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STEP 1: WASH YO SHROOMS!

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I like to pick out the butt of the mushroom here too and thoroughly wash the inside as well. I get all my groceries at a local farm market and u-pick orchard and while I am particular to pick organic/local-grown/non pesticide ingredients, I still like to scrub them down.

STEP 2: BLEND IT ALL TOGETHER

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Set your mushroom caps aside and take your butts, spinach, cheese, garlic cloves, salt, and pepper, and blend in a blender of your choice. My mom likes to start with the butts and add each ingredient separately to help handle the consistency. It should be closer to a chunky paste but again, up to you, just be sure not to make a total soup or it will be hard to contain and bake. Taste it as you go so you know how much cheese, garlic, and salt to add. Garlic tastes much heavier than it looks so start slow. For the one we did today we had about 4 cloves of a bulb and about 1.5 cups ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella, and almost a whole bushel or more of spinach.

STEP 3: TRY NOT TO EAT ALL THE DELICIOUS PASTE!!!

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Once you have blended all your ingredients, the paste ends up being DELICIOUS! You can stop here and just use it as a dip or a spread but if you want to continue onto stuffing the mushrooms, don’t eat it all! haha

STEP 4: STUFF AND BAKE:

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Now simple spoon in the paste into your mushrooms, sprinkle bread crumbs, and stick in the oven. Anywhere from 300-350 for about 20-50 minutes works. It all depends on how big your oven is and how well cooked you want your final dish to be. Today, we had amazingly fresh ingredients so we did not cook them for as long as we usually do. We also do all of our baking in the toaster oven because in our house, the oven is really just another cabinet for pots and pans so we go with 350 for 35 minutes but like I said, just be aware of were you are baking and adjust accordingly. They will start to brown on top and sometimes even the water will seep out making them look a little shrunken and odd but I promise they are just beyond appetizing.

STEP 5: STUFF YOUR FACE WITH STUFFED MUSHROOMS!

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If you are impatient, dig in, just beware they are hot, hot, hot! Otherwise you can let them cook and enjoy them in a little bit. You can serve them as appetizers or depending on the size of your mushroom and quantity, as your whole meal. It’s all up to you!

 

I hope you try this recipe!  Let me know what you think!!! STUFF ON MY FRIENDS! 
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Diamonds are Grandma’s Best Friend

Every time someone mentions urns, this is what I think of:

 

Am I the only one? I’m pretty sure Ben Stiller ruined the thought of ashes staying on display on the mantles of  relatives for many. I recently read this article on a creative new way to, I guess you could say utilize, a person’s remains. As in, bodily. Everyone has their own preference for what should be done with their body upon the day that they finally kick the bucket; some may see this process as religious or spiritual in nature, and others see it as a peaceful end into nothingness. I know over the years relatives have expressed their woes about it ‘just not being the same these days,’ trashing on the ever-so-loved millennials and their likelihood to go visit a cemetery to say hey to gramps after he’s passed on (for the record, I’ve visited so that I won’t be haunted by said threatening-and-now-deceased relatives). Nevertheless, for those who decide to be cremated, most situations I’ve heard of ashes are discretely let off in a nice locale, thrown to the wind by the next of kin. But what about those that don’t want to toss the ashes? What about those that want a familial reminder but not a headstone or a potential Meet The Parents reenactment?

You can now apparently turn your ashes into DIAMONDS

diamondsHell yeah! You read that right! All the cousins are usually fighting over who gets granny’s engagement ring, but now one of you can be walking away with granny IN the ring!

Ok, so aside from this sounding slightly creepy, it really is a novel idea I think. I mean, first of all, apparently a person’s remains generate around a pound of ashes. One pound of ashes is enough for one sizable gem, but can also produce multiple, meaning more to go around for the family. It’s a nice permanent way to remember a loved one without real estate or much shelf space. Cost wise, it’s about the same as a service would be–and yes, funerals are a pricey ordeal, but you’re going to have to do something for end-of-life care regardless. Aside from the obvious pretty result, I think it is a more practical way of holding on to ‘ashes’. I highly doubt there would be a high market value for a diamond made of someone’s ashes, unless they were famous or such–but then again, wouldn’t the family still want to keep that for themselves as a token of their relative’s life like they would the actual ashes?

Nevertheless, while I presently have no children or grandchildren to speak of, I think I would much rather pass on a semiprecious stone with a little bit (or a lot bit, actually) of me in it for them as a keepsake, then a random plot of land with overgrown shrubbery in a city they may never visit.

Would you consider doing this with your ashes? Do you think its a passing trend or an alternative that future generations will seriously consider?

xo SA