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Cheddar Chive Mushroom Gougere

Mmmmmm, mushrooms... It was great to be back as a guest on the Mushrooms Canada website recently to share a rustic, flavourful Mushroom Gougere recipe. This Cheddar Chive Mushroom Gougere has fresh chives and grated cheddar cheese baked right into the puffed crust which surrounds a rich and crea…

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Brown Butter Enoki Gnocci with Crispy Sage

I’m back again with a new guest post with Mushrooms Canada, and excited to share a fast and flavourful recipe for Brown Butter Enoki Gnocchi with Canadian Enoki mushrooms and crispy fried sage.

Working with Canada's smallest cultivated mushroom, the fairy-like Enoki, was a tasty eye-opener an…

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Holiday Stuffing-Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

As a huge mushroom lover, I'm so proud to have my first guest post on Mushrooms Canada today. I'm sharing a recipe for Holiday Stuffing-Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms, an eye-catching side dish that's a great way to bring the largest cultivated mushrooms in Canada to your festive table.

There are als…

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Pickled Tarragon Mushrooms and Shallots

Pickling mushrooms with tarragon and shallots is a simple way to both preserve and transform them into a sophisticated addition to appetizers and tapas platters.

It's fall on the west coast, and with enough rain (and then some!) falling on my beautiful island, mushroom season has officially begun. …

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Tons o' Mushrooms Beef Stroganoff


Marriages are a funny thing when it comes to food. My husband Jay has been incredibly supportive of my food writing experiments and adventures, and he certainly reaps the rewards as my cooking gets better over the years.

But all couples will have at least a few differing opinions on food, and B…

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Foraging for wild Chanterelle mushrooms

One of my favourite things about fall on Vancouver Island is my annual wild mushroom forage with a great friend who has lived here his whole life. He and his family have been kind enough to share their fall mushroom hunts with me for the past few years, and I look forward to the search with much c…

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Oyster Mushroom update, Day 6

The mushrooms have arrived!

I'm on Day Six of my Growing Mushrooms at Home experiment with the Back to the Roots Oyster Mushroom kit. It is really amazing to see how rapidly the rate of growth is increasing by the day now. I can even see a difference in size from morning to evening, and I'm start…

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Growing oyster mushrooms at home, Day 4

As I mentioned in my last kitchen garden post, I have finally decided to try out the Grow Your Own Oyster Mushroom kit I got back in June at Eat Write Retreat. There are lots of these little boxes popping up in stores across North America, and I've been very curious to see how one works at growing…

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Portabella Mushroom & Garlic White Pizza

Ah mushrooms, I can't count the different ways that I love you. My passion has led me right out into the forests of Vancouver Island to forage for wild Chanterelles, and I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate any and all varieties into my cooking.

When Fresh wrote to me rece…

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Practically Free Vegetable Stock

It's said that there's no such thing as a free lunch, but this recipe comes pretty close.

During my recent visit to the Dirty Apron Cooking School, Chef David Robertson mentioned a great home cooking tip that I've tried in the past, but had forgotten about in the flurry of learning other things. With…

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A few thoughts on losing wild mushroom ecosystems to Vancouver Island clear-cutting

Devour and Conquer is supposed to be about my adventures with food around British Columbia, and although I've been conflicted about my feelings on the ever-present logging and clear-cutting issues on Vancouver Island since I moved here, I didn't expect food and clear-cutting to come alarmingly toget…

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The annual fall Chanterelle craving begins...

My love affair with Chanterelle mushrooms began five years ago, just after I moved to Vancouver Island. I was shopping at the Qualicum Beach Farmer's Market when I happened across a huge bag of them brought to town by a local picker. The price was a jaw-dropping $10 for the entire bag, I would hav…

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