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Story time!

One day back in high school, my art teacher (we’ll call her Mrs. Smith) decided to show off a mushroom-shaped piece of pottery constructed by a student.

“Look, class,” she said.  “Isn’t this gorgeous?”

Her question was met with snickers. Confused, she asked, “You don’t think it’s beautiful?  Just look at the skill; look at the attention to detail.”

More snickers. Finally, someone got up the nerve to tell her:

“Mrs. Smith, it’s a bong!”

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Shown above, with Dreena’s famous Vegan Macaroni and Cheese.

(I highly recommend that mac and cheese recipe!)

Magic Mushrooms

(serves 2)

  • 2 packages sliced mushrooms (350 grams)
  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
  • 2 tbsp vinegar (I like red wine vinegar)
  • sautéing liquid of choice (oil, broth, or water)
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • pepper, if desired (I dislike pepper, so I leave it out)
  • optional: beans, tofu, or any other add-ins you wish

Combine all ingredients except vinegar.  Sauté over medium heat, stirring very occasionally.  The mushrooms will get very liquidy, then they’ll eventually dry out.  When they dry out, turn off the heat. Add the vinegar and stir. Eat cold or hot.

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Add a can of beans and you turn a simple side into a fantastic main dish!


Above, not-yet-magic mushrooms cooking in the pan.

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Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill.

Don’t buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free!

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. VeggieGirl says:

    Perfect day for the mushrooms – today is National Day of the Mushroom 😀

    And the story made me laugh, haha.

  2. Diana says:

    LOL @ that bong story 😀
    I love mushrooms so much 🙂

    Blueberry pizzert sounds so good.
    Have a great friday!

  3. I JUST started loving mushrooms! Especially caramelized…yum.

  4. Veggiegirl,
    Oh my WORD! I had no idea! What are the odds, seriously? Haha happy Mushroom Day! 🙂

  5. Sarahishealthy says:

    Love Actually is my FAVORITE movie!!!! Hahahaha love the Uncle Billy!

  6. Mary says:

    Cute story, Katie!
    I have to admit to liking that movie too. :-/

  7. vegangal says:

    a bong oh my gosh haha why didn’t the teacher know? she doesn’t know what one looks like? she should if shes a teacher! but so funny i love mushrooms too and uncle billy in love actually.

  8. Hahaha – great story. For some reason I thought it was going in a different direction. Haha.

    Yum, I love mushrooms in most any dish!

  9. brandi says:

    Oh, to dream 🙂 I would LOVE to come up with new Larabar flavors!!!

    that’s a funny story – great way to start my Friday 🙂

    Happy Weekend girly!

  10. eatandrun says:

    What a dumb kid!
    Love the recipe, though. I’m always looking for new ideas with vinegar, because it’s supposedly very healthy for you :).

  11. Dan213 says:

    My kind of guy 😉

  12. That is TOO funny! And yes it is national mushroom day haha

  13. lol I bet that was even more hilarious in person!!

    I’ve been waiting to get some good shrooms from the “Mushroom Man” at my farmer’s market…will definitely try out your recipe! 🙂

  14. loveelisa says:

    yummmmmmy raw gingerbread!

  15. Betherann says:

    Bill Nighy is great!

    As for the mushroom recipe, that’s a good one, too. I like mine with balsamic (I blogged the recipe last year here: Yum!

  16. I heart mushrooms!!!!

    That is so funny about the teacher!!!!

  17. The story is so funny!! I looooove mushrooms!!!!

  18. Valerie says:

    To vegangal: I wouldn’t know what a bong looked like either! I guess it’s just an age thing!

  19. abby says:

    love love love Love Actually! But my dad walked in once at the porn movie scene. Yikes!!!

  20. CCV says:

    I know, right?! I’m so excited :).

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