A Little Goes A Long Way

I am going to take a moment and give you a bit more than a recipe.  So let me take a moment to get up on my soap box and tell you a story. As you all know I love Haymarket, I go nearly every week and it just makes me calm and brings a sense of happiness.  So this week they had a great deal of a whole box of strawberries (8 cartons!) for only 3 dollars.  Me being me, I was like “well, I have to have it”.  So of course I bought this whole heavy box full of strawberries when I already had 2 armfuls of other veggies and proceeded to head to the train.  Now for reasons unknown to me, my monthly T pass would not work and there were a bunch of other complications, so by the time I got to the platform I was frazzled, hot, and annoyed.  Oh and I missed the train by a matter of seconds.  But the next train rolled in and I got on, proudly carrying my giant thing of strawberries and sat down.  Now this brought a lot of attention, and one woman was so amazed by these strawberries.  She also seemed a little down on her luck and maybe not in the best position so when I saw how fascinated she was I offered her a box.  I have yet to see someones face light up with that much joy.  The rest of the train ride she could not stop thanking me and saying how happy she was.  Im not telling you this story to brag about a good deed, it is to say that a little goes a long way in making someone else’s life better.  You can do one simple meaningless act to you, but to the person you are doing it for, it could mean everything.  Like when I was walking home, being the cluts I am, I dropped everything, and someone kindly helped me pick it all up.  A little goes a long way.  So I will stop yammering on but leave you with the message to just do the little things for other people, it can seriously brighten their day, and a little goes a long way. 😀

 

Now onto the recipe that I made with those strawberries.  This recipe is for a skillet strawberry crumble, cause who wants to have the oven on in this heat??

Ingredients:

  • strawberries
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • oats

How to:

  1. Slice up the strawberries and place in a small skillet with a bit of butter and let cook until begin to reduce.
  2. In a separate bowl mix brown sugar and oats together.
  3. Let the strawberries reduce and they will start to make just a bit of sauce,  place a lid on the pan so to not loose too much moisture.
  4. Then top with the oats and let cook with the lid on for another 5 minutes or until the sugar is melted.
  5. Top with ice cream and you are good to go!!

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Marinated Mushrooms

Summer is the season of grilling, and one of the things I love the most on the grill (minus steak) is grilled portobello mushrooms.  My dad makes them especially well and now being away from home not only do I not have him to make it for me anymore I don’t have access to a grill either.  But fear not, you can still make delicious mushrooms without a grill!  It is really easy and super tasty. Use them on a salad, in a sandwich with goat cheese, or just however you like!

 

Ingredients:

  • portobello mushrooms
  • olive oil
  • white or red wine vinegar
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • OR a bottle of italian dressing
  • a ziplock bag

How to:

  1. Cut off steams of mushrooms and rinse well, making sure to get the dirt off of them
  2. Place them in a ziplock bag and add in a generous splash of vinegar and just a pit of oil.
  3. Then add all the salt, pepper, garlic, and just a bit of red pepper flakes
  4. Let marinate for as long as you can, I left then in overnight
  5. Then in a pan place the mushrooms and just a bit of the marinade.  Cover and cook on medium flipping half way.  Cover the pan to keep the mushrooms from drying out.
  6. Then finish them finish with a bit of butter.
  7. Now EAT!

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