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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!”

healthy mac and cheese

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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Magic Mushrooms

(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!

Magical Mushrooms

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. Danielle says:

    hahah poor innocent teacher 😀

  16. 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: http://tinyurl.com/y4ter6u). Yum!

  17. I heart mushrooms!!!!

    That is so funny about the teacher!!!!

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

  19. Valerie says:

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

  20. abby says:

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

  21. Kelsey says:

    black beans are SOOO good. and yay for strawberries coming into season!

  22. CCV says:

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

  23. I can’t believe I used to hate mushrooms! I was obviously crazy. But now I LOVE them!

  24. I adore mushrooms! I could eat them everyday!

    Your magic mushrooms look DE-licious. And mushrooms are so healthy too!

    I like them so much and I don’t eat nearly enough of them! Thanks for the recipe, I will be using it often :)

  25. Melissa says:

    Haha, loved the bong story… just bought two packages of brown mushies and heading right to the kitchen to get a bowl of magic :) *lol*

    Enjoy a beautiful weekend hun!! xoxo Mel

  26. maggie says:

    My mom says theres a fab recipe for mushrooms but I havent tried it yet…love when people merinade them!

    Maggie

  27. BroccoliHut says:

    Haha, nice Love Actually reference;)

  28. Gina G says:

    i used to HATE mushrooms, now i cannot get enough of them! haha

    p.s. loved your story!
    =)

  29. HAHAHA. What a funny little story 😀

    I love mushrooms, we have a great variety in the forests of Finland and those are absolutely my favourite. I just don’t go picking them myself because I’m sure I would pick the wrong ones and end up poisoned. Not a good idea.

  30. Katie,
    I love your simple recipes. Mushrooms + garlic = happiness. :)

    Your art teacher story has me cracking up – totally something I would have done. I grew up pretty sheltered.

  31. lola says:

    Haha funny story 😛

  32. I actually killed off an entire carton of mushrooms on my own today :) maybe I’ll come up with a 3,000 calorie post some time soon haha
    Katherine

  33. anonymous says:

    Hey I love your blog :) I check it almost everday, just to see whats going on. I was wondering if you had any knowledge that could help me out. I am like you in that I eat very healthily and I am vegan. However, I am noticing that I do not feel as well when i eat soy products and beans. What are some other lean protein sources? I don’t want to live off of peanut butter ( well actually I would love that, but…)

  34. Demelza says:

    A bong?

    …Eh? -clueless-

    Ah, well…I decided to try your recipe because I had a carton of mushrooms in the fridge~ I used balsamic vinegar, because I thought apple cider vinegar might be a little weird. :s It turned out really good. ^^

  35. Monica says:

    mmmm I had some ‘shrooms for dinner! Although they weren’t accompanied by a ~fabulous~ British popstar, which was kind of sad. But nonetheless, they still tasted glorious :)

  36. Hey anonymous! Thanks for the sweet comment :)

    Honestly, so-called “protein foods” (tofu, tempeh, veg burgers, etc.) aren’t my favorite things. I’m more of a carbs-n-veggies girl. You might notice that in the meals I sometimes post (such as the one above). But that’s ok! As long as you’re getting enough calories to meet your body’s energy needs, you don’t need to worry about protein. You’ll be getting enough just with the foods you eat. Did you know that there are 6 grams in a serving of oatmeal?? Or someone told me a cup of broccoli has ten! (Dunno if that’s true…)

    But in the following post, I asked people to list their favorite meatless source of protein, so read the comments of the post and maybe it’ll give you some ideas:

    http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2009/04/19/its-moo/

    Hope that helped! :)

  37. anonymous says:

    Thank you! My mom just always asks me, “Did you get enough protein today?” haha so annoying.

  38. Lauren says:

    Thats story is too funny!
    Also, your mushrooms look delish.

  39. Natalie says:

    your mushroom dinner looks like something I would fling together :)

  40. Laura E says:

    Loved you art story! I’m taking a pottery class right now and a lot of seniors like to crack jokes and what not. My (hilarious) teacher always says that they can look bong-ish but they just can not be functional.obviously. haha!

  41. bloody hell that is funny!!

  42. Yummy! Mushrooms also go so well together with steamed buckwheat!

  43. Amy Sparks says:

    That was too hilarious! I’m looking up your recipes while watching Love Actually…oh that Uncle Bill, what a rascal 😉

  44. Hannah says:

    Delicious!!! I made these last night and I was a little hesitant at first because they weren’t drying out. I kept on cooking, though, and sure enough they dried out. The red wine vinegar gives the mushrooms the perfect tanginess. Definitely a great recipe. I served it over bow tie pasta and my friend and I loved it!

  45. Anonymous says:

    These are delicious!! I make them all the time. I use apple cider vinegar, so good!

  46. Mushrooms are one of my all time favorites!