Shiitake Mushrooms

Week 4 of New South's Summer CSA Another summer favorite included in this weeks box are freshly harvested shiitake mushrooms! These gems came from Sweden Creek Farm up in Northwest Arkansas. Sweden Creek grows edible herbs, and flowers as well as organic mushrooms. You can read more about Carol Anne and Curly HERE.  We found a lovely recipe for our mushrooms this week. It's simple, easy and low calorie! Ingredients 1 lb. fresh sliced shiitake mushrooms (ideally organic) 3 Tbsp. low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Optional: 2 Tbsp. each of fresh rosemary, oregano, or feta cheese Directions Chop garlic and let sit for 5 minutes to enhance its health-promoting properties. Remove stems from mushrooms and slice. Heat broth in a stainless steel skillet. When broth begins to steam, add mushrooms and cover for 3 minutes. Remove skillet cover and let...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) This is a beautiful and flavorful dish that is vegetarian as well as vegan. I used fettuccine noodles that are made from edamame and mung beans. Not only are they grain free, but they are packed with protein. Mushroom Fettuccine Ingredients 1 large clove garlic, or two small cloves 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 small white onion, chopped 3 small banana peppers, sliced thinly 1 pint fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced thickly 1 cup fresh arugula leaves, stems removed and chopped fettuccine noodles salt & pepper 2 stalks fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme pat of butter (optional) Instructions Cook the fettuccine noodles according to the package directions. When they are drained, add a bit of olive oil and stir well. This will keep the noodles from sticking while you prepare the rest of the dish. Slice the garlic clove into thin slices,...

Storage Store mushrooms in a paper bag in the refrigerator for up to one week. Just prior to using, wipe off any dirt with a damp wash cloth, sponge, or paper towel. Do not run them directly under water as they will absorb moisture and become soggy. Recipes Garlic Sautéed Shiitake Mushrooms Fettuccini with Shiitake Mushrooms and Basil Quinoa Fried Rice with Shiitake Mushrooms Mushroom Ragu Pecan Mushroom Burgers Preservation Shiitakes can be preserved by drying or freezing. To dry, first wipe off any dirt with a damp wash cloth, sponge, or paper towel. Thinly slice mushrooms and arrange in a single layer on a dehydrator tray. Dry for a couple of hours or until completely dry (this will depend on the thickness of the slices and how moist the mushrooms were to begin with). If you do not have a dehydrator, arrange in a single layer on baking sheets and cook at 150 degrees (or your lowest temperature...