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Mushroom Lasagna Recipe Recipe

Mushroom Lasagna Recipe

09.24.12 by Jackie

I just found out September was National Mushroom Month, so to celebrate the occasion, I made one of our family's favorites: vegetarian mushroom lasagna. I used cremini mushrooms, which have the right size and texture for lasagna. Onions and tomato sauce also play an important role in the dish, as of course does the cheesy white sauce. I included soy chorizo to provide some protein and a little kick to the meal. If you’re not a vegetarian, you could of course substitute ground meat in its place.

The layers of the lasagna can be a little soft, so I topped it with a Parmesan and bread mixture. I find this dish to be comfort food at its best: rich, flavorful and bold while still being familiar. Definitely worth the effort!

 


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Boiled Brussels Sprouts with Grapefruit Salad Dressing Recipe

Cooking Brussel sprouts can be a chore, especially if you roast them. So today since I was running out of time, I simply boiled and mixed them warm with a grapefruit salad dressing. For garnish I added freshly-cut grapefruit segments and sunflower seeds.

Boiled vegetables can be delicious if seasoned and paired with a flavorful sauce. Just look for a few fresh, complementary ingredients before deciding on a particular flavor route.


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Pattypan Squash Salad Recipe Recipe

Pattypan Squash Salad Recipe

09.18.12 by Jackie

The vinaigrette for this fresh pattypan squash salad is a blend of chives, parsley, oregano, tarragon, thyme, a bit of mint, garlic, onion and lemon finished with a drizzle of good quality extra-virgin olive oil. You could serve this salad nicely as a side dish; it goes quite well with grilled chicken, for example. Pattypansquash goes by many names. You may recognize it as sunburst squash, cibleme, scallopini squash, custard squash, scallop squash, button squash or summer squash. No matter the name, pattypan squash makes a pleasantly sweet and refreshing addition to just about any salad or grilled vegetable medley. Our friend Kris from Full Circle has again kindly offered a free box of farm-fresh vegetables to two PhamFatale readers this week! The Full Circle box consists of fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers. If you’re lucky enough to win (or if you sign up directly on FullCircle.com) and get your hands on some pattypan squash, definitely give this recipe a try!

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Mushroom and Gorgonzola Polenta Recipe Recipe

The most common side dishes I serve at home are rice, pasta, bread and potatoes (shameless plug: don't forget to pre-order my Haute Potato cookbook on Amazon!). I think that’s probably the case in most homes. Today, I made something different for a change. I happened to reorganize my pantry early this morning and found lots of containers of corn meal, which I usually use to make corn bread, but also is the main ingredient in polenta. Polenta can serve as an excellent starch, and lends the opportunity to layer on many different flavors. In this particular version, I added morel and baby Bella mushrooms, which give an earthy flavor to the polenta, and gorgonzola for creaminess and a little zing. 

I grilled a few smoked chicken and apple sausages and Tofurky® Italian sausages to complete the meal. You could slice them and add them directly to the polenta as well. Either way, this meal was absolutely delicious!


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Banh Hoi Chay Recipe (Vietnamese Thin Rice Vermicelli Noodles) Recipe

Bánh hỏi is a Vietnamese specialty dish. It's composed of very thin rice vermicelli noodles, often steamed and seasoned with fried green onions. They’re usually served with barbecued beef or pork but for my husband who's a vegetarian, I accompanied them with a combination of sautéed tofu, bamboo, jicama, carrots and straw mushrooms. That's why I call this dish bánh hỏi chay (hint: chay means "vegetarian" in Vietnamese).

As a child, I remember having this dish at celebrations, though I don't really know why. I make it pretty regularly in our home because in my opinion, it's very simple to prepare and always enjoyable.


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