I like mushrooms a whole lot.
I don't want to marry them, but they are one of my favorite vegetables. However, growing up I hardly ever ate mushrooms. My mom was incredibly allergic to them, so she rarely cooked them. One of my earliest fond food memories is her stuffed mushrooms and using the food processor to make them, so clearly there was hope for the future.
I didn't open up to them until I was studying abroad in the Netherlands. Somehow trying mushrooms (I'm talking about the vegetable here..) joined all my other new experiences that semester. I decided that I didn't hate them! I remember eating them with pasta and thinking, well what do you know? These don't suck.
When I returned to school in Boston and started trying to figure out cooking for myself while living on my own, cremini mushrooms made reoccurring appearances. I became a fan of mushrooms + balsamic, mushrooms on pizza and in crusty sandwiches.
Every couple months I'd get sick of them and thinking about the texture being similar to eyeballs and take a break, but that hasn't happened in some time.
Last night I roasted some of the portabella and cremini mushrooms I bought at the Monterey Farmer's Market, as shown at the top of the post. They were tossed with olive oil, red wine, sea salt, freshly ground pepper and chopped garlic.
Thanks to the commenter who told me about it, I wish I hadn't gotten lost on the way and made it before the technical close. Regardless, I got mushrooms and little Japanese eggplants and looked longingly at the Lebanese food vendors that had already closed.
Here are some of my favorite mushrooms meals from the past year or so:
Smokey Mushrooms with Tomato Rosemary Scone, Tofurkey breakfast sausage and spinach. The mushrooms and the scone are from Isa's upcoming Brunch book!
These are a favorite that I make from time to time - they're my recipe for Hazelnut and Red Wine Mushrooms that was published in the online edition of Herbivore Magazine.
I've only ordered these once or twice but they're addictive - Salt, Pepper & Basil Mushrooms from Bay Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant in SE Portland.
And arguably my all time favorite way to enjoy shrooms - on pizza!