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"The Hunt: Harvesting, Cooking and Eating a Giant Puffball (Calvatia gigantea) Mushroom" -  Giant Puffball (Calvaatia gigantea) Mushroom by mungobah, via Flickr

The other day I went on a hunt in a local conservation area. I harvested, cooked and ate some of a Giant Puffball Calvatia gigantea .

Mushroom Melt - Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich (http://www.closetcooking.com/2011/12/mushroom-grilled-cheese-sandwich-aka.html)

Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich (aka The Mushroom Melt). The recipe is A bit on the complicated side but I LOVE the concept of mushroom grilled cheese.

Healthy substitutions #recipes

Swap out the unhealthy junk for a more streamlined meal! Over 40 healthy ingredient substitutions.

Chicken with Mushrooms in a Balsamic Cream Sauce (can lighten up with milk instead of cream if so desired--OR make a different recipe!! - but this one is worth the splurge!)

Chicken with Mushrooms in a Balsamic Cream Sauce. Subbed Greek yogurt for the heavy cream. Scrape the pan good! Served it with roasted potatoes and a tossed salad. I also enjoyed the half of my bottle of Graffi White Pi not Noir.

how to cook a pumpkin in a crockpot and use the purée instead of the store bought one

How to Cook a Pumpkin

Pumpkin Puree from a Crockpot Pumpkin, to freeze: All you need to cook a pumpkin in a crock pot is a pie pumpkin (these as smaller than the “jack-o-lantern” type pumpkins ), a crock pot and water.

Pasta/Salt/H2O proportion: 1lb pasta to 1T kosher salt to 4qt water. 10 Kitchen Cheats - Album on Imgur

10 Kitchen Cheats

S'mores Hand Pies ~ Recipes, Dinner Ideas, Healthy Recipes & Food Guides: Triple-Chocolate Quick Bread Pasta Cooking Tips For Oven's Sake!

Baking Science: Which fat makes the best cake? Oil, Butter, Margarine, or Shortening..

Fat Chance: Is Butter Really Better?

Baking Science: Which fat makes the best cake? Oil, Butter, Margarine, or Shortening. (personally I use oil instead of butter)

No Peek Chicken - Uncle Ben's Long grain wild rice, cream of mushroom and cream of celery soup, chicken breasts or tenders - mix all ingredients together in greased dish, cover with foil and bake 2.5 hours.  Easy-peasy!

1 box Uncle Ben's Long Grain Wild Rice (original recipe) 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 can cream of celery soup 1 can water (an extra can optional for moister rice) Chicken breasts or tenders In a greased 9 x 13 pan, mix the box