mushroom stroganoff & a miracle.

by Janetha on October 10, 2010

in meals

first & foremost.. HAPPY 10-10-10! what a day. I love numbers.

it makes me happy that so many things are OK. if you missed the comments from my last post, check them out. it’s OK, I’ll wait.

finished? good.

now, onto today’s post!

yesterday, marshall & I enjoyed our second-to-last trip to the farmers’ market. sad. but fun!


there is a cookie shop in salt lake city called my dough girl.

IMG_0791I hear everyone rave about the cookies but had never tried them myself. they had a booth at the market, so marshall bought two.. each cookie was $2 a pop! and they were small.


I decided that these better be some seriously tasty cookies.

the cute part is that each cookie is named with a girl’s name.  this was the peanut butter chocolate one, but the name for it is the “Penelope” Smile love that!IMG_0793

okay, it was $2 tasty. it was definitely one of the best peanut butter cookies I have ever had.

I didn’t catch the name of this second one, but it was cherry and chocolate filled. it reminded me of black forest cake. I didn’t love it—it was a tad too sweet and sugary for me.


our market stash:


peaches, honeycrisp apples, pears, a squash, lemon blyueberry granola, basil and this really awesome lemon spinach.. you bite into a leaf and it tastes like a lemon! I can’t wait to mess around with it!

after the market we were going to go to the waffle house I mentioned, but marshall decided he felt more like a sandwich. we headed across the street from the market to tony caputo’s deli.


I ordered the soup of the day, a green salad and a roll.


delicious. this was no mechanically separated chicken! thanks for the heads up, mama pea.


lovely lunch!


shifting gears.. we got home and I got to work on a new recipe.  marx foods recently sent me an array of wild mushrooms.


I was sent these mushrooms, free of charge, to create a recipe. the four types of wild mushrooms sent were: black trumpet, chanterelle, porcini and matsutake. first, I smelled each variety.


they all smelled very different, but I believed that mixing them all together would work well in the dish I had in mind.


because the mushrooms came to me dry, I had to reconstitute them.  to do this, I placed the mushrooms in a bowl and covered them in boiling water.


while they were soaking, I got to work on my recipe: mushroom stroganoff.

I have never made a stroganoff myself, but I have never met a stroganoff I didn’t like.  I also have never met one that was healthy, so I decided to break the mold and make up a healthier mushroom stroganoff.



  • 12 oz whole wheat wide noodles
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 2 TB extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 2 cups shallots, sliced thin
  • 1.5 cups white wine
  • 1.5-2 cups dried wild mushrooms, reconstituted and diced (I obviously used the four described above)
  • 3 cups mushroom broth from reconstitution
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 1.5 cups 0% greek yogurt, plus more for garnish
  • ground sea salt & black pepper, to taste


grab an apron and a glass of wine.IMG_0873

boil a large pot of water. cook noodles according to package directions and set aside.

heat 1 TB olive oil, garlic and thyme in a deep skillet over medium-high heat.


add shallots.


let the shallots cook for quite awhile. when they begin to brown and start sticking to the pan, pour in your wine to deglaze the pan.


by now, your mushrooms should be nice and soft. drain the juices they are in.. but make sure to keep the broth! you are going to use it.


dice the mushrooms.


add the mushrooms to the pan along with 2 cups of mushroom broth.


these are going to need to simmer for awhile. turn the heat to just below medium and then get started on your turkey.

in a separate skillet, heat 1 TB olive oil over medium-high heat. add your turkey burger and the remaining cup of mushroom broth. throw in some salt and pepper while you are at it.


brown the burger. when it is cooked through, you can drain any excess liquid. go ahead and add the ground turkey to the mushroom mix.


next, add your milk. I missed the photo of this one, apparently.  pour in the milk and add the corn starch. mix well and let that thicken up.

once the sauce is thick, add your greek yogurt. season with salt and pepper to taste.


mix it up and let it warm through. remove from heat promptly so it stays creamy. garnish with a dollop of yogurt and some chives if you want to get fancy!


serve a portion of stroganoff over a portion of noodles.




we had kristen and rory over for dinner. to go with the stroganoff, I made a salad with romaine, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and shaved parmesan and steamed carrots & broccolini as a side dish.


my plate:


the star of the show:IMG_0909

the stroganoff was delicious. that is proof right there that you can lighten up any dish and it will still taste great!

oh, and the miracle?

marshall ate the mushroom stroganoff. not only that.. marshall LOVED the mushroom stroganoff. guess what? marshall went back for SECONDS of the mushroom stroganoff.

people.. do you realize what I am saying? my husband, hater or all things mushroom, devoured this meal. and loved it. he said that the mushrooms didn’t “taste gross like the mushrooms you usually use.”

there is definitely a lot to be said about different varieties of mushrooms. they all taste different, smell different and have different textures. maybe I’ve got a fungus lover on my hands, after all.

marx foods must be doing something right. or maybe it was the wine Winking smile either way, special thanks to marx foods for the mushrooms!

I’ve got more to say, but this post is L-O-N-G. I will be back later with more recipes and rambles!


1. let’s talk fungus. do you like mushrooms? what is your favorite kind of mushroom? do you prefer them raw or cooked?

2. what’s the most $$$ you would pay for a cookie?

xo. janetha g.

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 10, 2010 at 10:51 am

LOVE mushrooms. I will eat any kind in most dishes…the husband hates them though. HATES. Doesn’t matter what kind, if they’re there, he won’t touch them.

I’ve spent $5 on a cookie before. There’s a local bakery called Carol’s Cookies that makes ENORMOUS and delicious cookies. Come to think of it… I haven’t sent you your prize yet. You’re going to get one :)

Kelly October 10, 2010 at 10:52 am

I <3 Mushrooms…I am going to have to try this ASAP! MY husband hates mushrooms but maybe this will work on him too!

Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 10, 2010 at 10:57 am

I ADORE mushrooms. Especially sauteed mushrooms. I read another blogger’s recipe and I think it is so cool you got to experiment with these.

I’d probably spend $3 on a cookie. It would have to be extra large though!!!

Also, I am in love with your ruffly skirt.

janetha October 10, 2010 at 11:00 am

oh, thanks, but it’s an apron! :)

Jessiker October 10, 2010 at 10:59 am

I love your skirt! Also, I am crazy about the Dough Girl. We always buy her cookie dough for parties and showers.

janetha October 10, 2010 at 11:01 am

haha second comment about it. it’s an apron! i could wear it as a skirt, but then my bum would be exposed. you’d probably like that, though. let’s hang out this week. what should we do? i say hike a mountain.

Jessiker October 10, 2010 at 11:04 am

I would love to hike a mountain! Make sure you wear that apron.. with nothing underneath. (aka as a skirt ) I am off Tuesday and available all evenings :)

Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) October 10, 2010 at 11:22 am

I can’t believe Marchall now likes ‘shrooms?! Before I read why he like these ones, I figured it was because you used some of the most flavorful ones out there. Those were no button mushrooms! Also, I REALLY want to try out this recipe. Brian and I LOVE mushrooms…. and I love stroganoff. My Mom used to make it when we were growing up so I hae a special place in my heart for it. We pretty much like all kinds of ‘shrooms, but I have never gotten cool ones dried like that bc I was scared of how the texture would be… But I must say, if Marchall like them, we’re gonna like them.

The most I’d pay for a cookie…. hmmm. I guess it depends on the cookie ;) I’d say 2 bucks for a small cookie is pretty much the limit for me.

Excited for more recipes!! :D Speakin of… I need to get crackin! Took this week off blogging … and there’s so much I want to cook!

Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) October 10, 2010 at 11:24 am

I mispelled Marshall’s name twice! The same way ?! SHEESH!! I suck.

lindsay October 10, 2010 at 11:26 am

ditto with Kelly. I love mushrooms but the hubs does not. I usually have to hide them in my dishes. I bet he’d love this! Way to go Marshall, expanding the palate!

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 10, 2010 at 11:29 am

I hate mushrooms, unfortunately. They’re pretty much the only food I can’t stand!!

I’m much more of a cupcake girl than a cookie one, but I’ve paid six bucks for a cupcake before. That’s true love!!

Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) October 10, 2010 at 11:42 am

Nick is weird about mushrooms too!! He does like SOME, just not your standard button mushrooms I love. Strange.

Depends on the cookie. Maybe $3. That pb penelope cookie looks delish!


kalin October 10, 2010 at 11:49 am

my husband hates mushrooms with a passion and is SURE people try to sneak them into things. even things i make he’ll sometimes eye and ask “are there mushrooms in that?”

Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices October 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Girl, I CANNOT wait to try this recipe. I LOVE all things mushroom! I will eat them right out of a can, no problem. Craig always gives me strange looks, but I could care less- that’s how much I love them! :)
And in any meal that has mushrooms, I make sure that NONE go to taste. Although, I have to admit, I’m not such a big fan of them raw. Much rather have them cooked.
Cute apron, and I love all of the comments you have gotten on it- especially the one wear you said, ‘well, I could wear it as a skirt, but my bum would hang out.’ You are hilarious!! :) :)
Have a great rest of your weekend.

Anne October 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Love mushrooms! This looks like comfort food.

kbwood October 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm

HEY MAMA!! I LOVE me some mushrooms! Me and john got some stuffed shrooms yesterday at the cheesecake factory.. THEY ROCKED! the texture freaks me out a little bit sometimes tho. I love that apron!!

shari October 10, 2010 at 12:38 pm

If you like numbers you might appreciate this…
My 3rd son was born on 03-03-03 so today being 10-10-10 his exact age it 7-7-7

Cool huh?


I love mushrooms!!!!

janetha October 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm

that is AMAZING!

Stefanie @thenewhealthy October 10, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I used to really HATE mushrooms. I think it was just the thought of them though! Now, I love them. I just discovered I even like them raw on salads. I love them on pizza, in pasta… Ya, you get the picture. ;)

Maren October 10, 2010 at 12:58 pm

WHHHHAAAAATTTTT!!! As you were making this meal, I was thinking to myself, “What’s Marshall gunna eat?!” How crazy! Props to you, girl! I LOVE mushrooms. My favs are portabellas straight from the grill. YUM! There’s a place here called Eileen’s cookies and they have pizza sized cookies and they’re $20! soooo worth it!

Sweet Cheeks October 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm

If there is a cookie containing peanut butter and chocolate, chances are I will pay high dollar. That one you had looks pretty tasty!

I love mushrooms, especially in scrambled eggs. A lot of times, I will also just throw a handful of them into whatever dish I’m making…I think they make everything taste better! (ok, maybe not everything, but you get my point!)

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I love stroganoff! It’s seriously one of my favorite dishes. I make a lighter version with lowfat sour cream, whole wheat noodles, lean beef strips, and portobello mushrooms. But not gonna lie, your version looks even better!

I love that you converted a mushroom hater! Awesome! My dad hates mushrooms too and it makes me so sad. I should try this on him.

I’d pay $2-5 max for one cookie but it’d have to be worth it. In San Francisco, there is a place called “Hot Cookie” that has the world’s best Snickerdoodle cookies. (And penis-shaped macaroons) THEY ARE SO GOOD! But pricey. I am going to try to go there during Foodbuzz!

janetha October 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm

i have to go with you. ok?

April October 10, 2010 at 1:58 pm

EEK! I loathe mushrooms. I used to hate onions too but I love them now. I’m still not down with the shrooms.

I spent $5 on a dog cookie yesterday :)

Carbzilla October 10, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Hooray for Marx Foods! They’re a local, family-owned company right here in Seattle and are super nice folks. I love a good stroganoff and this looks delicious!

Julia October 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I had to look closely, but looks like we have a lot in common, maybe our taste in chip and dip dishes lol :)

MelissaNibbles October 10, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I love mushrooms. This looks like a great dinner!
I wouldn’t pay for a cookie. I don’t like them enough to pay.

Mama Pea October 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Love the apron. It suits you so!

Do you ever call stroganoff “strokin’ off?” Or is that just me that is totally immature?

I love mushrooms, but I’m the only Pea who does, so I don’t get them very often :(

I would pay an embarrassing amount of $ for a good cookie. But WAYYY more for a cute apron.

Happy Sunday!

The Healthy Hostess October 10, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Great recipe and picture recap! I love mushrooms but Brady is not a huge fan!

Tamizn October 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I love mushrooms, saw some funky ones on my walk in the woods today! I love them cooked or raw any which way is good for me : )

edenseats October 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I love my fill of fungi! I just bought a bunch on sale so thanks for the recipe! I don’t like them raw though…..bleh, they give me tummy aches that way!

The best cookie I’ve had on the planet was only 25 cents, so I’m guessing I dont need to shell out that much to get a decent cookie. Maybe if there was a a diamond baked in that I could pawn after, I’d maybe start considering shelling out a buck or two :)

And, I totally want you apron! AllI have are fugly ones I got in culinary school that are ugly and white (which is so stupid if u ask me cause they get stained so easily!).

Lauren October 10, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Well no wonder Marshall ate the strognaoff, it looks amazing!!!! Haha, I had no idea he hated mushrooms though. That’s a shame. Hopefully this meal changes his mind.

I just posted about that Mechanically Separated Chicken article on FB the other day. SOOOO gross!

Glad it was such a beautiful and wonderful weekend!!

BroccoliHut October 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Ooh! That lemon soup looks phenom!

fightingwithfood October 10, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I giggled a bit at Mama Pea – my husband calls Stroganoff “Strokin it off.” Guess she’s in the gutter with him ;)
I LOVE those bottle caps at the Market. I would love a big bag of them for the numerous art projects running through my head.
You didn’t happen to run the recipe through SparkPeople, did you? I’d love to know the nutrition facts.. and I’m just lazy enough to ask before I do it myself!

crunchygranolagal October 10, 2010 at 6:57 pm

funny, my boy hates mushrooms too, but i love ’em! i always feel fancyt when i order something with chanterelles off of a menu, not sure why. “chanterelle” just sounds so… cultivated? anyway, your farmers market looks fun! and your apron is supa cute.

i used to overspend on vegan cookies and such. now i won’t go above, oh, four dollars? it’s gotta be a massive cookie (like, face-sized) if i’m even gonna spend that much!

actorsdiet October 10, 2010 at 8:40 pm

lookie you in your cute apron!!!
i don’t think i would spend more than $5 on a cookie. how amazing could it be?!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 10, 2010 at 9:55 pm

“I didn’t love it—it was a tad too sweet and sugary for me.”–

Oh please, I would have eaten it, gladly!! :)
Most I’d pay for a cookie, I dunno Im sure I’ve paid $5 bucks from WF’s for a single cookie before i had a child and looked at prices :)

Congrats on the ‘shroom success…both the recipe, and marshall!! I got scott to eat beans this week. Only took 50 years :) Seriously.

elise October 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm

1) yes, im going to foodbuzz and i cant freakin’ WAIT to meet you in real life.
2) $2 cookies is insane, but they looked like they were worth it. i love a plump cookie…plus it was named penelope!
3) why is this the second to last farmers market? did i miss something?
4) i like mushrooms, kyle doesnt like them though. must be a boy thing. ill have to show him this post, haha. “marshall ate them!! you can too!”
5) i should wear an apron when i cook, you look so cute in yours :)
6) happy weekend

Sarah October 10, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Love shrooms! That recipe looks so good. The only stroganoff I’ve ever eaten is of the frozen dinner variety when I was in elementary…Gross. So gross. I’m sure I’d like this one though.

Most cash money I’d pay for a cookie? If it was a super large, extra delicious cookie I might do $3.00. Possibly $3.50. But it better be damn good, and low in calories ;] Yeah, right.

I laughed so hard at the comment about your apron, and hiking a mountain in it, haha.

mayapamela October 11, 2010 at 5:19 am

Lemon spinach! Mmm! I love your apron, and the stroganoff sounds like a great recipe.

Naomi(onefitfoodie) October 11, 2010 at 8:42 am

i got those from marx foods too! you are SO MUCH MORE creative than me when it comes to cooking though!!! i added them to some brown rice and millet and they were okay, I think I need you to come over and really show me how its done!

I love yoru recipes because You always know how to healthify dishes in such a flavorful way! I love it!

hehe I thought that glass of wine was for you! ummmm the money for a cookie, that depends on really how good it is ;)

tj October 11, 2010 at 9:36 am

Love the farmers market loot! Love the stroganoff recipe! YUM! :) Looks like a great weekend! :)

Katie October 11, 2010 at 9:43 am

I know I ask this every time you go to the farmers market (which I LOVE!!!) and tony caputo’s, but have you been to the chocolate room? Crazy expensive!

My favorite cookie is like $4. It’s huge, though… and so, so worth it.

Karin October 11, 2010 at 10:02 am

Yay for turning him into a shroom lover! I am a huge fan of black trumpet mushrooms.. my parents always get some from the forest (and they always send me back home with some.. heheee).

Farmer’s markets are fantastic.. what would I do without them? They’ve got the greatest produce.

Justin Marx October 11, 2010 at 11:54 am

Fav shroom: That is tough … but on the spot, I’d probably say porcini.
It would have to be a pretty amazing cookie for me to pay more than $4 for.

Annie October 11, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Dude, you look just like Kirsten Bell in the apron picture!

Jenny October 11, 2010 at 2:43 pm

We share the same first step when cooking, grab an apron and a glass of wine! I even have those same stemless wineglasses from Ikea (love that place).

I LOVE mushrooms of all kind! I do prefer sauteed shrooms to raw, but I am not picky.

I don’t think I would pay $2 for a cookie. That would have to be a DAMN good cookie! I bought a bag of cookies at my dudes softball game last week the were $5 for 4 cookies. I thought that was a bit much, but the old lady selling them was so sweet, I had to do it. They were not the best, but tasty.

I am sad the Farmers Market ends this weekend! I didn’t get my fill at all. I’m gonna have to go stock up on Saturday

a taste of health with balance October 12, 2010 at 10:45 am

i love cooked mushies, and im so sad the markets are coming to an end! :(

Sara October 12, 2010 at 10:29 pm

OK I hate mushrooms also, but I’ve never had them like THAT so maybe I too am an undercover mushroom lover! :P

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