Mushrooms? Really? What am I thinking to write a post about mushrooms today? Well, let me explain.
One of the best things I have done recently is become involved in AAUW (American Association of University Women) here in Brevard. While I am not the most consistent member in attendance I do love the mission of the group and their efforts in raising money for scholarships for young women. I have raved about their annual book sale and was happy to be a part of it this past year in a variety of ways. What they manage to do with this sale is the most organized and efficient effort of fundraising that I have ever seen.
Did I mention books? Books of all sizes and shapes, colors and genres are available to the public to pick over and choose just the right ones to take home. I might have written a blog post about the sale.
This time I kind of got stuck in the cookbook section for awhile. There were a plethora of types of cookbooks but some of the most prevalent ones were those spiral bound church fundraiser type cookbooks with Grandma recipes. I absolutely love those cookbooks. I have about a dozen in my own collection and even if I don’t cook from them I still love to have them in my possession.
This little cookbook caught my eye. Mushroom cooking. I never thought there would be an entire cookbook devoted to mushrooms. But here it is. Mushroom Cookery by Rosetta Reitz.
To be honest a lot of the recipes did not really appeal to me in this cookbook but I stuck it in my $5 a box haul with the idea that it would be a great blog post. Well, I am not sure it is a great post but it is definitely a different one.
I tried one recipe out of this book. A mushroom meatloaf. Now it isn’t totally mushrooms as it has a mixture of half mushrooms and half ground beef in the recipe and it ended up being okay. Probably not something I would make again without tweaking it. I do like mushrooms and I couldn’t really taste them in this dish but the consistency of the meatloaf was not as firm as I would have liked it to be so maybe if I made it again I would tweak some of the other ingredients a bit.
I especially love the mushroom illustrations that grace the beginnings of each section of the cookbook.
Mushrooms are one of those things that I think you either love or hate. There is almost always no middle ground about them. I think the haters hate the consistency more than the taste most likely. So let’s take a poll today.
Are you a mushroom hater or a mushroom lover?
Let me know in the comments and remember that each comment made this month means a 50 cent donation to our Comments for a Cause – Books for Africa.
If anyone wants this lovely mushroom cookbook I am happy to send it your way. Just let me know and it is yours.