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Friendly Intervention: Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tart

Timing is everything.   Sunday morning, my 7-month pregnant best friend (bless her) called me from her weekly supermarket trip while I was washing the mushrooms and scrubbing the Yukon Gold’s from this week’s CSA share.   I was a little distraught as mushrooms aren’t my favorite vegetable, J won’t go near them (not even on top of a burger), and I was two pounds deep.  Recipe inspiration was thin.

I detailed my mushroom dilemma and, at first, as a good friend should, she empathized.  Doesn’t like the texture.  Next, as a good friend should, she offered a reasonable solution.  An avid cooker herself who excels at brunch fare, she suggested a recipe for a blue cheese and mushroom tart from Barefoot Contessa.  I had frozen pastry crust in the freezer so I thought now was the perfect time to use it (forgive me for not preparing from scratch but short-cuts in the kitchen can be a great friend, too).  Finally, she closed the loop on the decision tree by proposing a location for consumption: lunch.  I could wrap up the leftovers and swap out my standard salad for a slightly fussier creation. Continue reading

Vegetables Over-Board: Mushroom & Parsnip Soup

My recipe for Mushroom & Parsnip Soup began in a crowded fashion.   Crowding the pan is a culinary faux-pas, a sure-fire way to end up with a mix of temperatures and potentially uncooked foods.  Might I suggest an additional culinary blunder – crowding the cutting board.  Enter Exhibit “A”:

Exhibit A - Veggies Over-Board

Though I ambitiously harbored the chopped onion and shallot on the cutting board as well, these ingredients quickly found their way into the pan as I realized my naivety.  Rather than use additional housewares (i.e. bowls) to hold each ingredient as I chop away in preparation, I remained hopeful that I could finish this recipe with one or two less dishes left to clean.  I hate doing dishes.  Yet rather than having to scrub a few extra bowls or another cutting board, I ended up cleaning vegetables off the floor, counter-top and stove.

Crowding aside, the inspiration for this recipe came from my best friend who suggested I make a Mushroom Barley Continue reading