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Mushroom Spaghetti and Two more Tester Recipes

I’d been wanting to try the recipe for Mushroom Fettuccine in Appetite for Reduction for awhile, and even though I didn’t have the mushroom soup or mushrooms called for, I made due with what I DID have, and this came out SOOOO good, possibly my favorite pasta dish ever.  (And I realize I say that a lot) but this is my NEW favorite pasta dish ever…until the next one.  I used button mushrooms since they were what I had on hand, and it turned out great.  I also didn’t have any portobella mushroom soup and where on earth would I get that anyway?) so I made my own “cream” of mushroom soup, from scratch, before starting on the sauce.  That recipe I can include, following the picture:

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Ingredients
5-6 button mushrooms, minced
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp Earth Balance
1 tsp shallot pepper (or chopped shallots and pepper if you don’t have that spice)
1 tsp dried thyme
1 cup soy creamer
3/4 cup vegetable broth
1 tsp cornstarch dissolved with 1 tsp water
S+P to taste

Directions
1. Melt EB in a medium skillet over high heat. Add mushrooms and spices, allow to cook 3-4 minutes until softened and giving off moisture. then add cream, followed by stock, mixing well. Once it starts to boil, lower to a simmer, and leave for 8-10 minutes. Slowly whisk in corn starch slurry, stirring until soup begins to thicken.

I just threw this right into the sauce for the pasta instead of the “portabella soup” called for, but I’m sure it would be delicious enjoyed as-is as well.  Also, I’m pretty sure the real trick to this recipe was that I put in tons of cracked black pepper…giving it some serious savory zing.

And then there was more testing for Diet, Dessert and Dogs e-books.  I can’t give away any secrets, but this first picture is of the “Better than PB&J Breakfast Casserole”:

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And the second one is of the “creamy basil pesto tofu scramble”.  YUM on both counts….

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So that’s what I’ve been eating, what about you?  What’s getting you through these cold days and mountains of snow?  I’m always looking for new ideas and input…

Selah.

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