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Thyme-Baked Mushrooms & Cranberry Beans with Roast Garlic Crème Fraiche from Diana Henry’s Simple

  We have been raised to think our taste buds can sense four things: salty, sour, sweet and bitter. It’s pretty clear now that there is a fifth: umami. It’s that distinctive flavor you get from roasting meats or veggies. Like mushrooms. This recipe is from the wonderful playground Simple by Diana Henry. It’s full…

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Buckwheat Kasha with Caramelized Mushrooms from Samarkand

I recently reviewed Samarkand, a book devoted to recipes from Central Asia and The Caucasus. That’s a huge land mass with mountains, grasslands, and huge lakes — an area rich in geography and history. Most people live off the land, herding and farming. But there are a few cities of significance, and bejeweled Samarkand is the star.…

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Roasted Mushrooms with Bacon and Eggs from Downtown Italian by Joe Campanele, Gabriel Thompson, and Katherine Thompson

In Downtown Italian: Recipes Inspired by Italy, Created in New York’s West Village, authors Joe Campanale, Gabriel Thompson, and Katherine Thompson offer you some of the spectacular recipes from their lower Manhattan restaurant empire. In this special recipe three simple ingredients — mushrooms, eggs, and pickled peppers — combine energetically and enthusiastically. Here 1 and…

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Mushrooms Stuffed with Lemon

Oh the difference between a mere recipe title and the recipe details. In her last book, 1000 Spanish Recipes, Penelope Casas offered an army of wonderful recipes, many of them tapas, and all of them regional, authentic, and delectable. If you just skim the book and the recipe titles, then Mushrooms Stuffed with Lemon might…

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