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Fried Mushrooms

These were the star of our ill-fated election-night party, and a bright spot in an otherwise dismal night. The recipe comes courtesy of my mom, and beware – it is time-consuming to make. But also, so so delicious.

The ingredients are:

  • Mushrooms
  • Panko or bread crumbs
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Mrs. Dash seasoning
  • Water
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Canola Oil

The ingredients.

The first step is to wash and cut up the mushrooms into bite-sized portions. Then, prepare three bowls.


The bowl line-up.

In the first bowl, have flour (as well as a touch of pepper and salt, but not too much)

In the second bowl, have beaten eggs and water. For every two eggs that you add, add 1 tablespoon of water. As you can see, I used a tall glass instead, as it’s easier to dunk the mushrooms in (I use a fork to do so).

Finally, have flour, Panko or bread crumbs, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese, and Mrs. Dash in the final bowl. The proportions will vary depending on how you prefer your mushrooms, but the main ingredient should be the Panko.


A closer look at the final bowl.

Dip each mushroom piece into each bowl consecutively, making sure to coat them well each time. Then, deep fry the mushrooms until they turn brown. As you can see, I used an enameled pot, but whatever device works for you.

When they’re done, place on a plate with paper towals to absorb the excess grease, and sprinkle with salt (if you prefer) to eat with ranch dressing.



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Salmon With Bread Crumbs

This recipe is delicious, easy to make, and hard to get wrong. The original version comes from thekitchn.com; mine is a slight variation. The ingredients are:

  • Salmon (about 2 pounds)
  • Mayonnaise (half a cup)
  • Fresh dill (3 tablespoons, chopped)
  • Lemon zest (from one large lemon)
  • Salt (half a teaspoon)
  • Bread crumbs

The ingredients

First, grease up a pan and lay the salmon, skin-side down, in the pan. Dry off the top of the salmon with a paper towel, and start pre-heating the oven (at 425 degrees).


Salmon in a pan.

Next, zest the lemon. A microplane works wonders here, but follow the link to learn more about zesting, if you need to.


Lemon zested.

Once you’ve zested the lemon, add the salt, as well as the mayonnaise and the dill.


Adding the salt…


…And the mayonnaise…


…And the dill.

Mix it all together and spread the mixture liberally over the top of the salmon.


Spreading the mixture.

Next, sprinkle the top (again, liberally) with bread crumbs. Panko works especially well.


Adding bread crumbs.

Now pop it in the oven. As the original recipe says,

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or about 4 minutes for every 1/2-inch of thickness, until the salmon is just under done. Run the salmon under the broiler to toast the panko and finish cooking. The dish is ready when the panko is golden, the crust is bubbling, and the salmon flakes easily with a fork.

I’ve rarely found my salmon is done in that amount of time – be prepared to bake it for longer before broiling, and keep a close eye on it.


Done and delicious.

When it’s done, it’ll look like this, and taste absolutely amazing.

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Meat & Potatoes

For lack of a better title, I’m calling this dish ‘Meat & Potatoes’ because if nothing else, it’s an apt description.The ingredients are:

  • Meat
  • Potatoes

Okay, just kidding. The real ingredients are:

  • 2-4 boneless pork chops
  • 8 large gold potatoes (or another kind if you prefer
  • 2-3 cartons of beef broth
  • Eggs
  • Bread crumbs
  • Salt

The ingredients

First, slice the potatoes. I usually cut them about half an inch wide, but you do you.


A potato murder.

Also, start the broth on the stove, and bring it to a slow boil.


Cooking the broth

Then add the potatoes and cover.


Cooking the potatoes

Meanwhile, coat the pork chops in egg…


The eggs help the bread crumbs stick to the meat.

…Then in bread crumbs…



…Then fry in vegetable oil (or your oil of choice).


Fried meat is yummy

You should get them looking brown like this:


Golden brown

When the pork chops have been browned, add them on top of the potatoes, and then re-cover.


Cooking some more

Your dish is done when the potatoes are soft. Add salt to taste, and eat up!



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