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I have a confession to make. And I know this makes me an embarrassment to the memory of my mycologist great-grandfather. And though I remain loyal to the joys of fungus amongus. But I don't like portabello mushrooms. Not even a little bit.

Since this week's produce delivery included two portabello mushrooms and I'd rather not throw them out, I need to know what to do with them. Grilling is not an option as my darling husband has not yet gotten new propane for the grill. (and yes, I could go get it, except I can't lift the darned tank-thing when it's full)

Suggestions?

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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 8th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seth like's em. I think I'm going to marinade and broil them. I wonder how long they have to be broiled.
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magid From: magid Date: June 8th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Find a local friend who likes them? (That's always my first choice when I end up with things I don't care for.)

Make a mushroom soup where they're only one of many other mushrooms (volume and number :-) ? Chop up fine and sautee and make a mushroom pate?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 8th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seth likes them. I don't like them in soup. I'm not hiding them from myself. I will still know they're there!

Good idea on the pate.
real_bethy From: real_bethy Date: June 8th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like to marinade them in red wine and then sautee them with onions, garlic and peppers, myself. You could also use them in a soup or stew - and that way you are not faced with enduring a full mouthful of portabello. I've also enjoyed them chopped up finely and added to ground beef (to make burger patties).
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 8th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
No soup/stew. I do not like them. I therefore do not like them mixed into my food, though I will tolerate them in soup if someone else makes it. I won't, however, subject MYSELF to the portabello in my otherwise delicious mushroom soup! :)
stone_ From: stone_ Date: June 8th, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can broil them in the oven. Just slice them and brush with a bit of oil and a bit of salt.

Make a roasted veggie platter. With peppers, parsnips, carrots, etc.
From: predigested Date: June 8th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
know how to shoot skeet?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 8th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never fired a gun in my life. Unless you count cap guns.
pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: June 8th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Marinate them in something that you like. Portobellos soak up flavor like little sponges. If you soak them long enough in something you enjoy, you will enjoy their flavor, because that's the only one they'll have by then.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 8th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's not just a flavor thing. Their texture is funny to me. I have tried really hard to like them, as there are very few mushrooms I don't like.
cleobatya From: cleobatya Date: June 8th, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
yummmy sautee them with garlic and olive oil. or marinade them in garlic, balsamic vinegar, pepper, olive oil and broil. YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM i love mushrooms.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 8th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm trying to figure out how LONG to broil it.
torahumaddachic From: torahumaddachic Date: June 8th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
sautee sautee sautee!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 8th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
You don't think they'd be slimy then? I'm leaning toward broiling them.
mamadeb From: mamadeb Date: June 8th, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use portobellos in stir-fries all the time. They don't get slimy. They cook up beautifully.

(Okay, I love them.)
From: gittygiggles Date: June 8th, 2005 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
GIVE THEM TO GITTY
GIVE THEM TO GITTY
GIVE THEM TO GITTY
GIVE THEM TO GITTY
GIVE THEM TO GITTY
GIVE THEM TO GITTY
GIVE THEM TO GITTY
GIVE THEM TO GITTY
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 8th, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
if you want them, come get them.
From: gittygiggles Date: June 8th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
when can i come?

i am so serious too. although, something tells me that the price in gas would cancel out the money i save...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 8th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
tomorrow after 5
From: gittygiggles Date: June 8th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
can't do it then. i have ceramics :(

it's probably too stressful to come down. too bad. i'd love to see your house and asher would love julian!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 8th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
let's do it some other time, for sure. I'm usually home Wednesday evenings, just not this week.
From: gittygiggles Date: June 8th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
poo :( another time sounds great! its a date! mayhaps on a sunday? mayhaps next sunday after shavuos? thatd get me and the chillun out of dans hair so he can be a real estate whore
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 8th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sundays are okay, but not until mid-July. The Sunday after Shavuos (June 19th), we have a date to go berry picking with some friends.
From: gittygiggles Date: June 8th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
oooo fun! we'll put it on hold then!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 8th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
though, you are correct; it will be cheaper for you to just buy them yourself. ;)
From: gittygiggles Date: June 8th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
well i'd only partially come down for the shrooms. i'd also borrow ann of green gables and see YOU!
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 8th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I only have one fascinating ancestor. Walter Henry Snell was the Red Sox Catcher I'm related to. After his very-short-lived baseball career ended, he got his PhD in botany and eventually became the head of the Botany Dept. at Brown. While there, he remained very active in intramural sports, though (I think).

Though, his son, Walter Scott Snell (my grandfather), was a pretty fascinating person in his own right. An architect, he struggled with money for a long time, he eventually became successful enough to travel and work in such places as Egypt and Greece (which, to me, are an architect's dream, but what do I know?). He designed his own house in Annapolis, Md and when he retired to Florida, he (and my grandmother) sailed his own boat down to his new condo. All in all, a pretty fascinating life.
xiphias From: xiphias Date: June 8th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. I hadn't realized that a PhD in an academically rigorous subject was correlated with being a catcher for the Sox. Your ancestor, Max Berg. . . I wonder if there are others.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 8th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
tee hee. It's probably more of an exception than a rule, but you never know! When my great-grandfather ("Great Papa" to me) died, his second wife remained in their Providence home which incensed a good deal of the family (apparently Esther didn't live up to their ideal that Adelaide, his first wife, had). When Esther died five years later, I remember going to the house (I was 9 or so) to go through things there and I brought back a few things: Sheet music, a bunch of mushroom figurine-thingies, and a mushroom salt & pepper shaker set. I don't know why, but I absolutely insisted on those shakers. I wish I still had them. They had all sorts of fun mushroom things.
malkin From: malkin Date: June 9th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
1.) Chop them up finely, marinate them in something tasty (soy sauce, mirin, balsamic vinegar, or whatever) for an hour, mix with rice, and then stuff them inside bell peppers. Top with tomato sauce and cheese, and bake.

2.) Chop them up and toss them into stir-fry.

3.) Cut into thin slices, and pan fry with onions, peppers. Just before you finish, toss in some chopped tomatoes, to lightly cook them. (Alot of Aussies love "mushies" for "brekky.")

4.) Dice, and mix into an omlette.

5.) Dice, and add to soup.

6.) Give to mushroom-loving friend.
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