Organic Food: Variety Is the Spice of Life (Part 3)

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By Emma Snow

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Cooking mushrooms is easy, and there are several ways to prepare them.

Mushrooms taste great when seasoned. Use salt, pepper, garlic, or any other spice or herb that complements your meal.

Sautéing is probably the most common cooking method. Place 8 ounces of mushrooms in a frying pan with a tablespoon or two of butter. Cook on medium-high heat for a few minutes, until mushrooms are soft. Don’t put too many mushrooms in a pan because the heat won’t be high enough to brown them.

Equally tasty is grilling, roasting or broiling mushrooms. Coating the mushrooms lightly with olive oil will keep them from drying out. When roasting mushrooms, heat them in a 450°F oven for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. To grill or broil, place your pan about 4 to 6 inches from the heat source and cook about 5 minutes. Oil may be added when turning the mushrooms to ensure even cooking.

It does not take a lot of effort to make your meal more exciting, and adding variety with mushrooms will spice it up. Changing an everyday item for one that is extraordinary will please every palate and make you look like a gourmet chef!

Emma Snow is a gourmet and freelance writer for Gourmet Living and BBQ Shop.

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