Homemade Mushroom Soup

The Recipe: For anyone who's only tasted canned mushroom soup before, this recipe for homemade mushroom soup will be a revelation. The Conversation: An introduction to St. Louis' very own "mushroom lady" and her company, Ozark Forest. Missouri’s Bootheel and the country of Japan share a mycological treasure, climates, water and timber perfect for cultivating mushrooms. Leave it to a clever Englishwoman to figure that out. Nicola Macpherson is St. Louis’ very own "mushroom lady". Her company, Ozark Forest , grows shiitake and oyster mushrooms year-round on a family farm using renewable, sustainable and organic agro-forestry practices. Whew. Yeah, that's a mouthful. How does she do that, really, in laymushroom terms? First, specially harvested oak limbs are inoculated with mushroom spawn. Then they're left alone to incubate for six to nine months. Come spring, the spawn are soaked in water for 24 hours. Then comes the real magic. After

On-the-Run Breakfast Bars

The Recipe: Low-sugar oat bars studded with bacon and cheese, the Kellogg rendition of an old-old recipe from Quaker Oats called "Breakfast Takealongs". Are you here to learn about the old Finnish custom of planting grass in plates and bowls during Lent? That's story's been moved, please see Lenten Grass , it's such a good way to mark the season of Lent with children. Has anyone checked out the energy bar shelves at the grocery store? Whoa, they go on and on and on! And don't even talk to me about energy drinks. All this energy and we're still couch potatoes? Breakfast Bars were my mom's answer to energy bars back when I was in high school – maybe before. They're simple oat bars, studded with bacon bits and grated cheese. I remember loving these bars and when my family published a family cookback with family recipes way back in 2002, Breakfast Bars were one of my contributions. RECIPE HISTORY Since then, I've learned that what

How to Plant Lenten Grass (Easter Grass)

Lenten grass is an old Finnish tradition and a lovely way to mark the season of Lent with children. If you're looking for ideas for observing Lent, planting grass is easy to do, fun for the whole family. A Finnish Tradition for Lent. Annual Traditions for a Christian Family. Fun for Kids. Easy DIY. Great for Grandparent Gifts.

Chicken Sybil

The Multiple Personality Chicken & My Signature Chicken Recipe We all remember the book Sybil , right? I call this recipe "Chicken Sybil" because it's the "multiple personality" chicken, made in so very many different ways, all wonderful. It's so easy to make in a single skillet, the chicken turns out moist and juicy in the center, slightly crispy at the edges. The sauce is so variable, it starts with a creamy-mustard sauce then adds on-hand ingredients. I think you'll love Chicken Sybil, it's the "one way" I make chicken again and again, yet it never turns out the same twice. Real Food, Fresh & Flexible. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free. High Protein.

Two-Way Lentil Skillet:
A Recipe for Lentils with Tofu or Shrimp

What a favorite easy supper recipe, just healthy lentils and tofu for a vegetarian supper, or lentils and shrimp for omnivores who eat seafood. The Indian-style spices make the whole dish really come alive. ‘Concept recipes’ are big favorites here at Kitchen Parade. They’re like families that get along, combinations of ingredients that come together easily as written. But like friendly families happy to have visitors, the recipes seem to sit up and beg for adjustments for taste preferences, on-hand ingredients and seasonal vegetables. This lentil skillet supper is a classic concept recipe, one recipe with at least two entirely different outcomes. The first recommended combination is red lentils and shrimp that’s creamy and comforting. Its cousin is black lentils with tofu that’s hearty and satisfying. Or if you like, go for red lentils with tofu and black lentils with shrimp. The dishes are so different, serve them two nights in a row and no one will complain. And if