January 2013 | chicago foodie girl


Recipe: Roasted Mushroom Medley

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I had packed one that included a lovely sushi lunch and movie (Life of Pi) with Mario, a Top Chef catch-up session (sooo not happy with last week's results), Restaurant Week planning (one of my favorite weeks of the year!), and homework. Yes, actual homework. As of last week, I have assumed the dual role of instructor and student. I'm taking two online classes through my school (geography & politics). As much as it's a bummer to have to do both lesson planning and homework during the weekends, I am excited to be back in the classroom in a student capacity. I'm a big nerd/awesome like that. :-)

I came across today's Meatless Monday dish, Roasted Mushroom Medley (my first food post of the year - what took me so long?!), on Pinterest last summer. After filing it away in my to-make file, I forgot all about it until I saw the recipe make its way around again a few weeks ago. I decided it was finally the perfect weather for a hearty roasted veggie dish. While it's intended to be served as a side dish, I found that the mix actually makes a really delicious sandwich filling (similar to a sloppy joe, but with mushrooms instead of meat). This is a must try for all mushroom lovers!

Roasted Mushroom Medley

2 lbs mixed fresh mushrooms (I used button, shitake, and oyster)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 chopped garlic cloves
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp chopped fresh sage
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp balsamic vinegar (I used the amazing Garlic Balsamic from Herbally Yours)
Salt & pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wipe the mushrooms with a damp cloth and trim stems.

2. Slice the mushrooms into 1-2 inch pieces.

3. In an ovenproof casserole dish, mix the olive oil with the garlic, herbs, and salt & pepper. Add the mushrooms and mix well - make sure all of the mushrooms are coated with the oil.

4. Bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until cooked through.

5. Remove from heat and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.



13 Years

Mario and I went on our first date thirteen years (!!!) ago today.

We went to the movies to see The Talented Mr. Ripley. He gave me his long blue scarf as we waited in the ticket line and the biting January wind whipped around us. During the movie, we giggled to each other about the old ladies in front of us who kept asking each other, "Is the movie over yet? Is he dead yet?" every five minutes as they crinkled their peppermint candy wrappers. After sharing coffee at the little shop near my apartment, we decided we couldn't bear for the night to end, so we rented another movie and cuddled under my comforter. Halfway into that second movie, he kissed me. Six months later, he said he was in love with me.

Since that night, there have been some amazing highs and some ugly lows... and thirteen years later, we're still kicking. I think one of the key contributing factors to our longevity is our willingness and ability to communicate - we talk about everything from the silly to the mundane to the serious. I always know how Mario feels about any given topic (this includes the good and the bad) and he's always the first person I want to talk to when something exciting happens or when I need some advice. As much as he may frustrate me, he's always the one I want to come home to. He is my support system, my biggest cheerleader, and my best friend.

Happy anniversary to us! ♥

Celebrating Mario's birthday with a big-ass snake
April 2000 

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