Butternut Squash Lasagna

My friend Andrew (yea, you!) and I have a constant battle over red vs. white sauce. Andrew is adamant that food traditionally served with a red sauce should only be eaten with a red sauce. Pizza, pasta, and…lasagna! While I personally love a good red sauce, I also love creamy Continue Reading

Mushroom Foraging: Chicken of the Woods

Since learning how to forage mushrooms while living in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, I have become quite the little avid mushroom hunter. Living in the Midwest has opened up a larger world of mycology and interesting mushroom varieties to examine, taste, and research. On my latest mushroom quest, Continue Reading

Mushroom Foraging: Giant Puffballs

While spending the weekend with my brother’s family in downstate New York, the topic of mushroom foraging (one of my favorites) came up. Apparently, there was a spot on their neighbor’s lawn that kept growing huge, white mushroom orbs. Needless to say, I was compelled to walk over and check Continue Reading

Fava Beans with Bacon and Mushrooms

Pretty certain I could write a children’s book about how wonderful fava beans are. I love fava beans.  Not only do they have an amazing, nutty flavor and creamy texture, cooking with them is a labour of love. Taking the time to hull, blanch, and de-shell this amazing, nutty, spring time Continue Reading

Home-Grown Oyster Mushroom and Leek Gratin

Potato, Leek, Gruyère and Oyster Mushroom Gratin (serves 4 as a side dish) Step 1: Grow your mushrooms!  I bought a mushroom starter kit at the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair.  Within two weeks, little mushrooms began to grow.   Once they sprouted, the mushrooms began doubling in size each day.  One week later, Continue Reading