Mushrooms and a Love Story

Wendy is hosting this week’s Menu Swap with a theme of mushrooms. I’ve always loved mushrooms, perhaps a bit too much.

When I was in college, I had a painful split with someone I had dated for years, and suddenly I found myself falling for one of my closest friends (AKA DH). I, of course, felt strongly that a good friend made for a very poor rebound relationship, so I was quite closed to the idea and probably spent many too many hours getting advice from my best friend.

She was quite patient, perhaps excessively so, as I listed all of the reasons it would never work. “He’s too organized. And too detail oriented. And too quiet.” And (I wailed) “he doesn’t even like mushrooms!” And rather than doinking me on the head, she just said, “Well, then you’ll have twice the mushrooms. Yours and his, right?”

And so…12 years later…here we are. I’m allergic to mushrooms now, but hey, who’s keeping track?

And so here is my mushroom-less menu plan, and please see Wendy at Celiacs in the House for other gluten-free menu plans.

I’ve spent way too much of this week baking, and I finally posted a review of Jules Shepherd’s Free for All Cookbook. I also just made chocolate banana bread, which was a huge winner.

Garlic and rosemary roasted chicken and cauliflower

Sniffle stew (vegan garbanzo/kale super yummy curry, I hope to post it this week)

Roasted thyme salmon and roasted peppers

Sweet and Spicy Moroccan Stew


Baked goods:
Chocolate banana bread
Christmas giveaway treats: pralines, meringues, chocolate covered pomegranate, ginger cookies

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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7 Responses to Mushrooms and a Love Story

  1. Renee says:

    Looking forward to your sniffle stew recipe… sounds interesting!

  2. Ricki says:

    Well, at least now the DH will be happy without mushrooms, right? 😉 And I don’t think you can ever spend too much time baking!

  3. What a perfect love story! Big smile on my face now…

  4. That is such a sweet story, Cheryl. I ended up marrying a friend, too. Thirty years together and we both like mushrooms.

  5. Renee,
    A great reminder for me to get cracking!
    Yes, I suppose DH got what he wanted all along. And as long as I’m just baking for fun (i.e. no promises to anyone) it’s always fun.
    Great! Never enough smiles.
    30 years? Wow. I’m impressed.

  6. I love your mushroom story! And I must try the chocolate covered pomegranates. Yum!

  7. Cheryl,
    Loved your sweet story! I’m not a big mushroom fan either, but my husband is. He can have my share. =) Great way to look at the glass as being half full (or overflowing in this case).
    Thank you for the linkage love. I have been so “out of the blogging loop” that I didn’t even see this until today. Whew, it’s been a busy few months.
    Wishing you peace, love and healthy food in 2011!

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