Friday, July 20, 2007


It has been a few weeks since a proper Foodie Friday and I felt it was time to bring out one of my staples that I surprisingly haven’t posted yet. I’m talking stuffed mushrooms.

-1 container large mushrooms, (you can do it with the regular ones but that is a lot of stuffing action) washed, stems removed and diced
-1tbsp olive oil
-1 stalk celery diced
-1 medium onion diced
-2 cloves garlic diced
-1tsp rosemary
-¼ cup bleu cheese crumbled (can be made without or with more, brie also tastes mighty good in these)
-3tbps vegetable stock for stuffing and ½ cup for cooking in
-¼ cup (if I remember correctly but I could be totally wrong) cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

-Preheat oven to 375
-Heat oil over medium heat in a large saucepan
-Add onion and cook about 5 minutes
-Add celery and garlic cook about one minute
-Add mushroom stems and rosemary, cook until tender, about 5 minutes
-Stir in bleu cheese and cook about 1 min until well blended
-Add bread crumbs and cook for about 1 min
-Add 3tbsp vegetable stock and stir until ingredients make a nice paste type substance (you may need to add more crumbs or stock as this is all from memory and I haven’t made them in over a year)
-Spoon filling into mushroom caps placed in a large baking pan
-Pour stock into baking pan making sure the bottoms of the mushrooms are well covered
-Put in oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes
-Baste with stock a few times during the cooking process to make sure they are nice and juicy

I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about my work. Sometimes I don’t feel I do a very good job of explaining what it is that I do. Basically I teach a Customer Service Certification course at a workforce development focused non-profit and manage a contract for the state making sure our files are in order. However, my class and contract are part of a much bigger whole. It is an important whole and it doesn't get talked about very much on here. A prospective film person did a pro bono video for us and I figured I wanted to share.

1. Down in the cellar in the Boho zone/ I went looking for some sweet inspiration/ Oh well, just another hard time and with Negro affectations

2. I just wanna fuck bad bitches/ all them nights I never had bitches/ Now I’m all up in that ass bitches/ Mad at your boyfriend ain’t you

3. Well showing how it used to be/ So hard/ This hard /Used to get those kicks for free/ But now I’m towing the line

4. Oh we could rock/ Or we could bomb/ Or we could try/ Like super hard.

5. I know what you want/ The magpies have come/ If you know me so well then tell me which hand I use. Yes, Anastasia. Tori Amos. Identified by Brooke.


Mom said...

That is a fantastic piece! I'm going to tell my youth work buddies to check it out.

Katrina said...

Dang, I can't watch it while at work, I'll have to make sure I come back when I get home. Or at least at some point over the weekend.

Mushrooms make me shudder. I don't care for the taste of any that I've tried but at the same time all I can think about is that they're fungi and that puts me off even more.

Brooke said...

5 is Yes Anastasia - Tori. Weird ass song.

Monica said...

that video is so much better than the ones i used to do for you guys. haha

JMC said...

The mushrooms sound great, but I think I may be too lazy to make them. :) Maybe when the kids are older...

This is the first I've come across your blog - what are the 5 song lyrics at the bottom? Some kind of guess the lyrics game?

Natalie said...

Mom- Thanks! I thought it was pretty nice.

Katrina- Take a look when you can. It's pretty uplifting stuff. I know a lot of people don't like mushrooms but they are one of my favorite foods of all time!

Brooke- Yeah, real strange song.

Monica- But you tried.

JMC- They are pretty easy but I can imagine kids would make you very lazy. They are the first lines from the first random songs to come on my iPod. This week has been a pretty rough group of songs.

Danielle said...

That video was great. You are part of a great organization, girl! I'm sooo proud to "know" you more than ever. I love mushrooms too and blue cheese, sounds so good. I only knew the Tori song but Brooke got to it first.

Have a great weekend!

Blog Antagonist said...

I love your Foodie Fridays and I'm a mushroom FIEND. Thanks for posting this...I can't wait to try it.

notfearingchange said...

What a GREAT program...and an amazing video. I love the fact that they are all so excited!

BTW - the mushroom recipe looks amazing.

Princess Banter said...

Sounds ultimately yummy! Can I invite you to be my roommate if you cook a lot? ;) LOL!

Pawlie Kokonuts said...

Food. Work. Lyrics. Somehow it all fits together, eh?

Mood Indigo said...

For some reason it's saying the video is unavailable - I'd love to see it though!

NoMommy said...

Made the 'shrooms, they were easy and awesome. Even my meat eatin' 'shroom hatin' husband liked them!