November 27, 2015

Mexican Stuffed Mushrooms

Almost one year ago while I was still living in Richmond, Mike was in town visiting for a few days. We wined and dined at Cooper's Hawk Winery with friends and ordered the Chicken al Pastor Stuffed Mushrooms. Immediately we both knew we had to recreate these at home!

Not able to find any recipe even remotely close, I looked up the ingredients on the menu and decided to give it a whirl. The ingredients listed were Traditional Mexican Spices, Chicken Chorizo, Pepperjack Cheese, Cilantro, Crispy Tortilla Strips, Sour Cream and Chipotle Tomato Sauce. At the grocery store I picked up Jimmy Dean sausage, Monterey Jack cheese, cilantro, sour cream and whole crushed tomatoes. For the "traditional Mexican spices" I used what I already had on hand at home- Cayenne, Chili Powder, Cumin, Garlic Powder and Paprika. Let me tell you what, these bad boys were pretty close to what we remembered the restaurant's stuffed mushrooms tasting like.

  • 1 pound Jimmy Dean sausage
  • 16 oz. carton large stuffing mushrooms
  • Monterey Jack cheese, freshly grated
  • 14 oz. can Whole Crushed Tomatoes, drained
  • Sour Cream
  • Cayenne
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika
  • Cilantro
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the sausage with the spices- Cayenne, Chili Power, Cumin, Garlic Powder, Paprika (I used a few dashes of each.) Meanwhile, wash and pat dry mushrooms; remove stems.
  3. Once sausage is cooked, stir in the tomatoes; incorporate well. Add a dollop or two of sour cream to the sausage/tomato mixture until it comes together. Sprinkle the cheese over the mixture and stir well.
  4. Once sausage mixture is blended well, generously stuff the mushrooms and top with a cilantro leaf. Bake for 20 minutes and enjoy!

November 1, 2015

Thanksgiving Tablescapes

It's hard to believe October has come and gone and Thanksgiving is only three and a half weeks away.  I'll be heading home to Richmond to spend the holiday weekend with family and friends but wanted to share some tablescapes that have me smitten.  Can't wait until it is my turn to host one day!

How dreamy are these outdoor settings?!