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Calzone!

Dinner, Pizza

Uh-oh…this calzone shouldn’t be a calzone.

Nope. It totally should be a picture of a pizza…topped with layers of ricotta, melted mozzarella, cubes of roasted butternut squash and broccoli rabe. That was the plan.

This pizza was supposed to convince me that broccoli rabe isn’t this gross, bitter leaf situation…well that failed. I tried. I did. I blanched it, I sauteed it with garlic, seasoned it…even paired it with something like the butternut squash to offset its disgustingness. Didn’t work. It’s just gross. It just is.

I was gonna post it anyway, thinking some of you lunatics actually might like it…but I dunno…looking at the pictures of the pizza bummed me out, so I decided to turn the leftover ingredients (from the pizza) into something more awesome!!

Meet this calzone…

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Mushroom Tacos w/Roasted Tomatillo Salsa (and other stuff)

Dinner

Welcome to my experiment!! Wait, don’t leave; it’s not a food experiment, like, on you or anything. I wouldn’t do that. Let me explain…

I have food allergies. You’re allergic to a food thing or two, right? Please say I’m not the only one who feels like Macaulay Culkin in My Girl.

My current allergy list kinda sucks–sure it could be worse, but there’s a few bummers. My body turns on me when I eat things like truffles (sad!), all bleu vein cheeses like, gorgonzola, roquefort, stilton, etc. AND…sometimes mushrooms.

My body sometimes hates mushrooms…and sometimes it’s cool with them.

Usually I don’t take chances because I don’t really feel like dealing with some embarrassing twenty-minute sneezing situation. But yesterday…I was feeling brave.

And guess what?! My body totally loved these tacos. Which means your non-allergenic, normal body will too!

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Back to the Roots Giveaway!

Giveaway

It’s Friday so I’m giving away mushrooms, naturally! #duh

Actually, in all seriousness, this is super cool, guys. Back to the Roots is a company founded by two guys in Oakland, California. Their short story goes like this: two dudes graduate from UC Berkeley, flip their noses at the corporate world and instead decide to grow mushrooms in coffee grounds. Sounds kind of crazy…errr…awesome, right? Well, I think so. Who doesn’t drink coffee? Who doesn’t love mushrooms?  No one, that’s who! And growing food off of waste? Pretty incredible stuff.

Here’s the deal: this kit here allows you to grow oyster mushrooms in about 10 days (in soil that’s 100% coffee grounds from Peet’s!). All you do is place it on your windowsill, mist (mister included in kit) it once a day and ten days later…boom!  Mushrooms.  Genius.  Cute.  Moldy.  All words to describe this super smart idea. Get on it!

Giveaway deets:

Leave a comment telling me what summer dishes you’re digging so far (I need some inspiration).  I’ll randomly (using my trusty random calculator) pick a winner on Sunday at midnight (EST).

Aaaaaand go!

Update, schupdate! Back to the Roots is giving ACK readers a 10% discount. Just type in this promo code at checkout: Mushrooms4me10

Winner UPDATE!! Sarah (number 124) is the winner! Yay! Lots o’ mushrooms in your future, Sarah. Thanks everyone for playing!


Mushroom Bruschetta

Appetizers, Snacks

You know that meditation part in a yoga class when you’re only supposed to concentrate on your breathing?

Yeah, I’m really bad at that part. I always get distracted and think about the randomest of things. Like really random stuff. A few days ago I thought about the following:

#1. Step-by-Step! Do you remember that show? All I can remember is that weird intro with the beach next to the roller coaster. Who thought that was a good idea?!

#2. How grateful I am that The Real Housewives of Atlanta is back on! I love how Nene pronounces the word “expensive.” It’s amazing.

#3. Umm…Sweet Potato Tater Tots! Yeah, I made ’em and failed. But don’t worry because I’m gonna make them work. Any tips? I’m open.

#4. And bruschetta…but with mushrooms instead of tomatoes. Tomatoes are SO last season. Literally.

Umm…do you wanna make Mushroom Bruschetta with me? Of course you do!

You’ll need mushrooms. I used a mix of cremini and white button mushrooms. You can use just white buttons ones if you want. It’ll still taste awesome.

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Portobello Fries

Appetizers, Dinner, Sides, Snacks

Not sure if you all recall, but a few months ago a reporter asked Kate Moss what one of her favorite quotes was. She replied with: “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” Umm…isn’t that hilarious…and sorta sad? I mean, I’m grateful for her honesty. Thank heavens she’s not that skinny while scarfing down hamburgers and fries on a daily basis. I’m glad she came clean about depriving herself of all things awesome.

When I’m really super bored, I sometimes dream about what I would feed her. My first instinct is to whip her up some pancakes. Lots of them. But what I really think would make her to cave in are these Baked Portobello Fries with Basil Aioli.  You see, the word “baked” means they’re healthy.  I think she’d dig that. I mean, I did.

I saw them on a menu at this restaurant across town, but didn’t order them since I wasn’t in the mood for something fried. I was kinda feeling like Kate, so I ordered a whole pizza instead.  I couldn’t stop thinking about them after that night, vowing to drive over there just for them, but it never worked out.  That’s when I decided to take my craving/curiosity into my own hands and make them myself. And boy, am I glad I did.

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