Garlic Mushrooms

Photo of Garlic Mushrooms on a cast iron skillet

Holiday Hustle
I’m struggling. I am struggling with the reality that I am cooking for 16 people on Thursday. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE the fact that my entire family will be there laughing and stuffing themselves to the brink with turkey and mashed potatoes. The actual cooking on the day of isn’t that bad. What wears you out is the run-up to Thanksgiving.

For the past few weeks, I have been thinking about how much turkey we need or how many pecan pies is enough. Spoiler alert: there can never be enough, but I did make the pie crusts and have them happily sitting ready to go in my freezer. I have been digging through cabinets and drawers to see if I have enough napkins that are presentable or at the very least aren’t too stained. The wine glass check was next to see if we have enough. We don’t. Too many have been bounced off our floor. Lastly, finding the space to seat 16 has been a bit of a puzzle but I think we have finally figured it out though we might need radios to talk to the people at the other end of the table.

All of this is to say that my brain is tired.

I could definitely use a nap. But, strangely, I am also looking forward to the cooking. The cooking quiets my mind. It is methodical and somewhat logical. But, this is also a scary time where I can get myself into trouble because I overthink things and decide to add just one more side dish like these Garlic Mushrooms. Even though we have enough to feed an army, I want to make sure there is enough for everyone including the veggie lovers.

Garlic Mushrooms Recipe
Adapted from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Yields servings

Our Garlic Mushroom recipe is packed with umami flavor and topped with fresh herbs. It is quick to throw together. Serve these at your next holiday or dinner party and everyone will rave about them! Read more…

Winter Veggie Cobbler

closeup photo of Winter Veggie Cobbler

Cobbled Together
I’ll bet you any amount of money that the first thing you think of when you hear the word cobbler is peaches. Peach and cobbler are two words that are almost always used together. Imagine my surprise when I came across something totally different.

When it comes to vegetable side dishes, I tend to struggle to not make the same things over and over. When it comes to veggies, it’s easy for me to get into a rut. While looking for something else, I found this recipe for a Winter vegetable cobbler, and I must admit I was immediately intrigued. I have rarely seen a cobbler that wasn’t sweet, and I was skeptical that this was just a pot pie in disguise. It’s not. It is a legitimate vegetable cobbler that is great on its own and equally as good as a side dish.

Give this Winter Veggie Cobbler a try some night when you need to use all of the vegetables in the fridge and want something hearty and comforting.

Winter Veggie Cobbler Recipe
Adapted from Saving Dessert
Yields 8 servings Read more…

Supu Viazi (Tanzanian Coconut Potato Soup)

Bowl of Supu Viazi (Tanzanian Coconut Potato Soup) on a wooden tabletop.

Soup-er Summer
I know. It’s 150 degrees outside and I’m talking about soup. Yep. I get it. Soup is not the first thing that pops into your three-in-the-afternoon brain in late July when it’s time to think about dinner. Most people opt for something cooler.

But, when you think about it, soup isn’t much more than a thinner curry or pasta sauce, right? Right? Ok, I’ll work on my sales pitch. But, maybe this recipe will change your mind. Because, for some reason, the flavors scream summer to me.

I found this Eastern African recipe for Supu Viazi while doing my deep dive into all things foodie and African. It intrigued me for a few reasons. This recipe comes from Tanzania which is not a cuisine you hear about with regularity. That in and of itself makes this recipe interesting.

Also, you might find my lack of knowledge about food in Tanzania a bit odd considering my Mother-in-Law lived there for multiple years right after my husband graduated from high school. It would be logical to assume that there would be a few recipes that she had picked up along the way and passed down. Alas, you would be wrong.

Lastly, when reading the ingredients, it just sounded so good in my head. It reminds me of a Thai yellow curry, just without the meat.

The best part? Assuming you have the ingredients, it’s fairly quick to prepare which makes it a good choice for some mid-week flavor…

The green banana is traditional, but you can swap it for a green plantain or leave it out altogether if either is hard to find. Just toss in a few more potatoes.

Supu Viazi (Tanzanian Coconut Potato Soup) Recipe
Adapted from Flavors of Africa by Evi Aki
Yields 4 to 6 servings Read more…

African Style Roasted Veggies

Photo of a plate of African Style Roasted Veggies

Hot and Veggie
When the weather is hot, I go veggie-heavy. This is by no means a revolutionary way of life. I know plenty of people who do this. Frankly, when the temps are above, say, ninety degrees, eating any kind of normal protein just seems heavy. Presenting me with a lovely and bright ceviche though, will change my mind.

My problem is I tend to get hungry later when I go full veggie. It’s a struggle I’ve dealt with forever. It’s why I am not a salad person. I will eat salad, but it won’t be the whole meal. Adding some grains or pasta helps, though. As does adding a lot of flavor. This recipe for African Style Roasted Veggies has lots of African flavor.

I made this last week when it was warm but before it got too hot to turn on the oven over the weekend. If you were looking for a recipe to try the Fonio we just brought in, this is the perfect thing. It’s also the answer for a veggie garden that has finally started producing. (It’s been a weird growing season.)

*Note-Plantains make a great addition to this recipe but can be hard to find. We have stocked them over the years in the store. But, have found that the day-in day-out demand for plantains just isn’t there. However, the recent rise in popularity of Caribbean flavors means that we are looking to bring them back in. Keep an eye out in the produce department.

African Style Roasted Veggies
Adapted from Africana by Lerato Umah-Shaylor
Yields 4 servings Read more…