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Wow, it's been a crazy week! I wrote my book proposal over the weekend, signed with my agent yesterday, and now I need to start testing recipes so that the proposal can go out to publishers--it's FINALLY sinking in that I AM WRITING A BOOK. Woah! Though I have edits to make to my proposal and I need to test all recipes that I'm including (check and double check that they aren't too close to any other recipe that's been written), and THEN a publisher needs to pick it up... it's still very likely that I'll be spending my summer and fall writing my cookbook/foodoir/advice book that was conceptualized in a single tweet.
With all that craziness, plus rehearsals for yet another play because clearly I am a masochist who hates having any sort of free time, my time in the kitchen has been very limited. I really wanted to do a week of living off $4 a day for The Giving Table's campaign to fight hunger... but with all the running around I haven't had time to shop or cook for myself and I've had to grab quick bites at local restaurants (aka Taco Bell... I know, I'm sorry!) just to be able to eat--totally negating the purpose of the campaign which is that so many people do NOT have that luxury. I do want to try that challenge though, and am going to make an effort to start next week if at all possible.
Anyway. As always, I am utterly blown away by the amount of support everyone's given me throughout this entire process. I love and appreciate every one of you. Hopefully I'll be able to do another giveaway soon, to say thank you yet again!
These mushrooms fueled me through last week. I made a big batch on Sunday and took a few each day for lunch, snacks, and even ate them cold! They were also a huge hit at my last dinner party. I can't find the rest of the pictures I took of them, though...
In lieu of more pictures of the mushrooms, here is my cat in his attempt to infiltrate the clean laundry. Note his lack of tail, and furry pantaloons.
(Adapted from Back to her Roots)
- 1 lb ground spicy Italian sausage -- if you can find it without casing, all the better. But I did some sausage-surgery and got it out of the casing just fine
- 2 cartons full mushrooms, button or baby bella
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, diced
- 1 small red bell pepper, diced
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano parmesan cheese blend
- Optional--1/4 cup bread crumbs*
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Hollow out the mushrooms and dice stems. Grease a baking sheet and place mushrooms about an inch apart, hollow side up.
-Mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Form into meatball shapes and press into mushrooms. Bake for 40 minutes, until meat is cooked through. Top with more cheese, if you wish.
*First time I made these I used the breadcrumbs because I thought they'd make the filling nice and moist. Second try I left them out and they were just as moist and delicious. So, it's up to you. If you need to make the filling stretch a bit, it's a good trick to add the breadcrumbs.