Pantry Cleaning Recipe… Welcome Autumn! Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps

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Two portobello caps
One peach (though could be replaced with dried apricots, raisins or a small apple)
About two cups leftover cooked brown rice
Leftover half of a roll of goat cheese with fig (could easily switch with regular goat cheese, even use cream cheese… any soft cheese)
Half of an onion, chopped (I used a sweet yellow onion)
Cayenne pepper
Last dregs of a beer (like 3-4 tablespoons)
Spray olive oil
Brown panko bread crumbs (I always have these on hand)
One veggie kielbasa sausage (can be replaced with any other faux or real meat), chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray fry pan with olive oil, sauté onion until translucent
Add sausage, two grinds of nutmeg and three shakes of pepper, stir occasionally on low-medium
Add the bit of beer for moisture, and also so you can toss the bottle into the recycling bin and clean up the living room.
Add peach, chopped (used peach because it was over-ripe and on hand)
Add rice
Put portobellos in oven on cookie sheet and let heat up for 5-10 minutes
Add goat cheese to mixture in fry pan and take off heat. Use wooden spoon or spatula to mix.
Overfill the mushroom caps with the mixture. Drizzle bread crumbs on top and ten spray with olive oil
Put back in oven for 10 minutes or until melty and heated through.

Serve with some sort of squash. I found a very cool looking one the size of a small eggplant that was green and yellow stripes that was $1.50 at the market. I cut in half, scraped out the seeds, added a bit of butter, maple syrup and brown sugar to the wells and cooked for 45 minutes on 350 degrees in the oven. Occasionally spread around the sugar butter mixture so it would soak through nicely. Wish I took a picture, the meal looked as good as it tasted!

Picture 0012My fashion for Friday – Old Navy yoga pants and tee shirt, husband's Tool hooded sweatshirt. Me sans makeup, feeling boo boo kitty. Tres chic…

Didn’t get a flight to Florida, but feeling better. My sister is coming over today. Yesterday I forced myself to take a shower, get dressed and fixed up and get out of the house. Though I felt like being a slug on the couch, getting creative with what was on hand in the kitchen was very therapeutic. I love cooking for my husband, it’s like serving him a meal of love. He has been so great through all this and so understanding when I get all hormonal. He loved the meal (is a mushroom fan) and it was nice to cook something so seasonal.

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