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Thursday, March 25, 2010

on The SiDe**conTiNUed

....where did we leave off?!?! maybe right around warm mushroom salad and a creamed onion trio (doesn't sound too good....but oh man it is!!!) well lets not wait another minute, lets get this party started!

Warm Mushroom Salad
Take your favorite assortment of mushrooms
or whatever you can get your hands on!
Just a few kinds to think about if you can find them:
(even buttons if nothing else)
but those 4 are my favorite and pretty easy to find!

You will need like 5-6 cups of mushroom for 4 servings!
1 red onion, diced
2 gloves garlic, minced
1 c. diced tomato
1/2 bag of roughly chopped spinach

In a bowl mix together:
1 shallot, minced
1/2 t. ground pepper
1/2 t. dried thyme
1/2 t. dried basil
1/2 t. dried oregano
1/4 garlic powder
2 T. sugar
1/2 c. red wine vinegar
1 T. dijon mustard
and 1 c. olive oil

In a saute pan start the mushrooms with 4 T oil, put them in the pan and leave them until they start to brown, don;t touch them don't move them around just let them be. When they start to brown, season with salt pepper and add the rest of the veggies, when all tender and looking fabulous, add to the vinaigrette...and if you want add some goat cheese or parmesan...and you are GOOD TO GO! If you want to get REALLY really fancy top with a poached egg....yumm yum!

Creamed Onion Trio

This is how you start:
4 leeks, half mooned
1 white onion, diced
4 shallots, sliced
2 cloves garlic. minced 

put all of this in a pan that has a lid with 2 T oil (when pan is hot) and then add 5 T butter, you do not want to brown the onions and garlic at all...
You will need to keep stirring the onions on and off every few minutes to keep from sticking
but aside from seasoning that is about all you need.
but i like to finish with 1 T butter and 1 T cream (or cream cheese)
and a handful of parmesan... this is GREAT with a piece of salmon...YUM! it might not sound awesome...but try it...it is!!!

HAPPY EATING, cReaTiVe CooKiNG, and enjoy the aroma!!

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