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Baby Bella Mushroom Tart Recipe Recipe

Baby Bella Mushroom Tart Recipe

09.16.11 by Jackie

Making savory tarts doesn't require a specific recipe. The basic dish consists of a puff pastry shell filled with your favorite mixture and topped with vegetables. I had Baby Bella mushrooms on hand, so I made a version using them along with an artichoke pesto.

The pesto is a combination of artichoke hearts, lemon, garlic, pine nuts and olive oil. To soften the pesto, I added mascarpone cheese. I topped the tart with the Baby Bella mushrooms and roasted red bell peppers. Cheddar cheese was the finishing touch so the filling formed one piece.


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Mediterranean Chorizo Pasta Recipe

Mediterranean Chorizo Pasta

01.22.10 by Jackie

Mediterranean food usually reminds me of a warm summer evening but it's great during the winter season as well. All the ingredients for this pasta dish are available year 'round. I used whole wheat elbow pasta, chanterelles (girolles in French), crimini mushrooms, marinated artichokes, black olives, vine mini sweet peppers (orange, yellow and red), capers, plum tomatoes, soy chorizo (or the non-veggie version, depending on your preference) and caramelized onions.

I wanted to make comfort food for my husband that is flavorful while still being healthy for him to eat when he comes back from the gym. Comfort food doesn't always have to be cheese pasta. Of course, if you're not watching your weight, a little cheese sauce would go great!


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Ratatouille Recipe

Ratatouille

01.21.10 by Jackie

For most, the name of this dish evokes dreams of animated rodents scurrying around a Parisian restaurant kitchen. In reality though, ratatouille is a French stewed vegetable dish from the seaside city of Nice. I make my version with zucchini (courgette in French), eggplant (aubergine), olives, capers, bell peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes.  With the exception of the tomatoes, everything is fresh. I prefer canned tomatoes in this dish because they tend to be sweeter (especially during the winter season).

Given the abundance of fresh vegetables, this dish would be perfect for the summer. In fact, I make it often when the vegetables in my garden ripen. I also like it in the winter though, because it's excellent comfort food. The flavor of the veggies marries wonderfully with the herbs and spices. My family always ends up fighting over the "broth" at the bottom of the bowl.

Ratatouille can be eaten with just about anything. Crusty bread and rice are common options, but my personal favorite delivery device is a savory crêpe. However it makes it to your mouth though, you'll be happy it did!


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Pasta Shells Stuffed with Porcini Mushroom Walnut Pesto Recipe

This is a vegetarian pasta dish that even a meat lover won't be able to resist. The porcini mushrooms add a rich, meaty flavor to the pesto, and the walnuts provide a crunchy kick. You could serve the pesto with any pasta, but I like the pasta shells because of their presentation value.

As an added bonus, the pesto is not only really easy to make, but will keep very well in the freezer. Make some extra and you'll be able to whip up a quick meal when you're in a hurry.


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Mango Mushroom Pizza  Recipe

Mango Mushroom Pizza

01.21.09 by Jackie

Our favorite pizzeria is a local chain called Pizz'a Chicago.  The pizzas are named after Chicago landmarks and notable personalities, and are made with a wide range of ingredients.  I'm sure there's an Obama-inspired pizza in the making.  I had so much fun recreating the Inaugural luncheon that maybe I should try my hand at it as well!

Our favorite pizza there is the Joliet Jake. It's a vegetarian pizza with shitake, portobello, button and cremini mushrooms with dried apricots. Instead of apricots, I substituted dried, cubed mango, papaya and pineapple that I had leftover from my holiday fruitcake baking. When I make this pizza at home, I typically substitute dried mango in for the apricots.  It's a common snack food in my house, and I think it tastes better than apricots. 

My father-in-law is allergic to mushrooms, so there was more for everyone else!  Just kidding.   I always make a separate olive and cheese pizza just for him.  I'll put that recipe up soon.


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