Monday, December 2, 2013

A Whole Foods Holiday Giveaway



"This holiday season, Whole Foods Market is placing a spotlight on mushrooms – both wild and cultivated. Want to try some?"

Sure you do!

Of course, I did, too, when my friend Susan at Whole Foods sent me an email containing that very question and offering me a $75 gift card to go shopping with to make beautiful mushroom dishes. She also offered me another $75 card to give away - yes, give away! - to one lucky Food Floozie fan.

Although I know the usual giveaway procedure is designed to get followers on various social media, it's really just an annoying Lady Gaga-ish way to beg for attention; it seems as though you have to "like" 83 pages, follow 192 accounts, and sacrifice a goat at Wrigley Field ... pffft. We keep things simple, here - no fancy kitchen equipment, no exotic ingredients, no Rafflecopter.

So this giveaway is very easy, because my only interest is in making sure that one of my friends gets to go on a Whole Foods shopping spree for the holidays: leave a comment answering a question (see below) ... that's it! The giveaway starts today and will end on Friday, December 6 at 9 a.m. EST; I'll randomly select a winner from the comments (only one comment per person). I'll let the winner know by email, and will need a response by 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 7. If I don't hear by that time, I'll go to the runner-up. I'll need your mailing address (U.S. addresses only), and will get your gift card out to you right away!

Before you go on your mushroom shopping spree, remember that:

- Mushrooms remain freshest when they’re not too dry or too damp
- Refrigerate mushrooms in a paper bag or container that allows cool air to circulate
- Mushrooms absorb water easily and should never be soaked
- Clean mushrooms with a damp cloth or rinse briefly and dry with a towel
- Use a paring knife to trim stems as needed.

Since Whole Foods is featuring mushrooms for the season - everything from the simple and savory to the elegant and exotic - you should go buy a variety and make some of my favorite dishes, or some provided by the chefs at Whole Foods:

Creamy Noodle Kugel with Three Cheeses

Baked Chicken with Morels and Leeks (one of Jeremy's very favorite dishes!)

Roasted Fennel and Mushrooms

Hamburger Gravy with Mashed Redskin Potatoes

Pasta Rags with Fennel and Mushrooms

Mushroom Spinach Pita Sandwiches

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Asparagus Bread Pudding

Quesadillas Italiana

Mushroom Stuffing with Shallots and Fresh Herbs

Wild Mushroom Tart

Mushroom and Gruyère Quiche

Mushroom and Chard Bruschetta

Mushroom Bourguignon

Smoky Mushroom Gratin

Mixed Mushroom Soup

Mushroom and Spinach Breakfast Puffs

Mushroom Crêpes with Creamy Mushroom Filling

Mushroom and Brie Phyllo Bites

So, now, enough blathering! Leave a comment telling me what you might make with your mushroom assortment, and YOU could win a $75 Whole Foods gift card for your holiday shopping! Remember, only one comment per customer, and I'll randomly select a winner on Friday morning. Be sure you leave your email address, so I can contact you.

Good luck!!!


Baked Chicken with Morels and Leeks



56 comments:

Jenn S said...

Oooohh.. I adore mushrooms, but Chris can't stand them, so I rarely buy them or get to make anything with them.... IF I won, I would have to make stuffed portebellos for sure.. and something with mushrooms and pasta - probably my mom's fried spaghetti!! YUM!!

Janice said...

I love cooking and eating mushrooms! I'd make a quiche with at least 3 different kinds of mushrooms!

Nancy said...

I would make a mushroom ragout to serve over polenta. Yum!

Nikki K. said...

I would make my vegetarian "chopped liver" as an hor d'ouevres. It is predominately a mix of mushrooms and walnuts and is totally delicious. The richer and more flavorful the mushrooms, the better.

Manda said...

I would make stuffed mushroom

meredith m said...

I absolutely love mushrooms - I would probably make a yummy mushroom risotto since its a nice warm dish for a cold day!
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Karen Harris said...

What a great giveaway Mary! Last time I was in London, my friends and I went to one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants. I ordered a pasta dish with a creamy, super flavorful mushroom sauce that I would love to recreate for our Christmas Eve supper. I can still taste it!

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Carole said...

I would use chopped mushrooms to make a creamy pasta sauce. I would make a mushroom and bacon pizza. I would make stuffed mushroom caps with a variety of stuffings.

Robin said...

I don't think I could limit myself to just one mushroom dish. I clicked on about half of these recipes and they all look amazing. The Mushroom Soup sounds wonderful in the wintertime, but Mushroom Bourgougnin (I know I spelled that wrong) made my mouth water. And then the Mushroom crepes... mmmm, I love crepes, though I have never even TRIED to make them. If I won, I would have to muster my mojo and go for it!!!

Emily said...

I just found a recipe for stuffed mushroom casserole (from An Edible Mosaic http://www.anediblemosaic.com/?p=7130) and I'd love to make it!

Aimee said...

I would make a favorite chicken and mushrooms in a vermouth cream sauce (thank you Julia Child!).

Aubrey Laine said...

I would love to make a mushroom pasta dish.
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Barthbears said...

Mushroom stroganoff!

chocoholic said...

mushroom soup!

christina o said...

Sorry, I forgot to post my email. freefoodlady@yahoo.com

Ron said...

I do love Veal Marsala....with plenty of mushrooms and Marsala wine....mmm...

Caren Gittleman said...

What a FABULOUS give-away!!! I love to sautee my mushrooms with garlic, sesame oil, scallions, peppers and put them on brown rice!! Super yummy! We LOVE Whole Foods!!!

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kellyr78 said...

I would make a mushroom soup.
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Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

I love to do ribeye steaks in a pan and make a great pan sauce, sometimes one with brandy and assorted mushrooms. Believe me, I would put this certificate to good use!

rachel said...

So many awesome mushroom dishes! I'd love to try the Mushroom and Gruyère Quiche.

Holly said...

I'd love to try my hand at some savory mushroom crepes :)

Emily said...

I think I'd combine them with a flavorful meat, bread and cheese (the details are still hazy!) and try to make something my husband would like. He can't stand mushrooms, so I'd love to convince him they're tasty!

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JC said...

I would make Mushroom Risotto.
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Rebecca said...

I would make quiche with sundried tomatoes, spinach and crimini mushrooms

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Ardamus said...

Wow..
Great giveaway / contest.
I hope I can have similar giveaway like this too.
Hope everyone enjoy it. Good luck.

Regards,
Ardamus

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Thanks for the giveaway chance! I would make mushrooms stuffed with sausage.

Alicia Boyde said...

I would like to make the
Mushroom Bourguignon and top it over some risotto! :D

Cindy Saper said...

omelet!

Vunda Vall said...

i would make a chicken marsala sauce!
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Angela said...

I adore all things mushrooms, and of course I want to win a Whole Foods card! I make a pretty great mushroom soup with wild and button mushrooms.

Suzi Peterson said...

Well I would probably make a Croatian Moussaka. Or stuffed mushrooms. But after looking at the list of dishes to make using mushrooms, now I'm not so sure. What great looking recipes!

Down On The Farm said...

Mushrooms are definitely my favorite food...on earth. I would make a mixed mushroom risotto and would definitely make some crab stuffed mushrooms for Christmas Eve.

AnnaZed said...

I love, love, love mushrooms. I recently created an eggplant/mushroom curry that's pretty fantastic; for lack of a more inspired title I called it Eggplant, Kale, Tomato Trio. I posted it on Google+ here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104346338872498622972/posts/goMxUSDNY7i In any case, I'd make some more of that!
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Suzanne campbell said...

As of late I have been obsessed with spinach and mushrooms, I would try the breakfast puffs.

Kara D said...

Those Brie Phylo Cups sound great!

Elena said...

I would make mushroom soup

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Jennifer said...

I love mushrooms, and there is no end of things to do with them in my kitchen. But my first thought is pizza. My hubby and I have been on this homemade pizza kick of late, and fresh mushrooms, sauted slightly with some butter and garlic, are high on our list of favorite toppings. But that's a lot of mushrooms, so we'd have to have some mushroom & parmesan pasta... something long an stringy, probably. And I could see myself tucking some into a lasagna for the freezer for some awful night in january when I've just battled the cold and snow and can't bother to cook something from scratch.

Laurie Gendron said...

I love all these answers and mushrooms! So that said, they should be put in everything! They are so healthy too! Now, if you choose me as the winner, you'll have to email, text, call, bang on my door etc. as it's physically impossible for me to be awake at that time on a Sat morning! :)

Linda B said...

I love mushrooms and my favorite way to make them shine is Japchae!

Leah said...

I love mushrooms! Last fall when I was in Sweden I picked fresh mushrooms in the Swedish forest! I'd love to make the Creamy Noodle Kugel with Three Cheeses! Looks so yummy!

Amanda Fisher said...

Mushroom crepe with a Bechamel Sauce is my number one pick at the mo.

DeniseL said...

The wild mushroom tart sounds delish, but I have a recipe for mushroom risotto that is absolutely mouth watering. Oh and stuffed mushrooms with pancetta. Really you can't go wrong with mushrooms!
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Vera Khule said...

I think I would make the Mushroom and Spinach Breakfast Puffs. vera khule at gmail dot com

Candace said...

Oh, how delightful! We LOVE mushrooms. I'm quite sure that I would make Mushroom Lasagna and this amazing Mushroom Soup that my father-in-law makes. I've been craving both of those things actually. Yum!

patis2 said...

I really like using mushrooms in my morning omelets!

Gina Wildorchid said...

I would make an awesome mushroom medley stuffing!

Thanks for the chance to win!
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Jenn said...

The mushroom spinach breakfast puffs recipe looks delicious- I've been wanting to try cooking more breakfast foods! (and with more mushrooms)

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Anonymous said...

Amazing giveaway! I absolutely love stuffed roasted mushrooms filled with a flavored potato stuffing so I'd def make that. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
(Danielle - cladfamily101@aol DOT com)

Rayray Cartucci said...

Easy... I would make stuffed mushroom burgers.....MY FAVORITE! YUMMY! Thanks!

Amy Lynn said...

I LOVE mushrooms and Whole Foods has the best selection! I would lightly saute Chantrelles and Morels mushrooms and serve with Venison Backstraps and twice baked potatoes!
Thank you for the giveaway!
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Kris O said...

The mushroom and Gruyere quiche sounds divine; love Whole Foods!

Beth Jarvis said...

Love mushrooms! I want to try a rolled flank steak filled with sauteed mushrooms and onions!

Unknown said...

I love mushrooms. Learnt to love them when I moved to the US, because, I had never had mushrooms before!!!!
I would love to cook the Baked Chicken with Morels and Leeks, and I would also like to cook the Mushroom and Potato with Herbs soup

Calli W said...

I'd love to make chicken marsala and/or mushroom pizza!

olivia hamilton said...

Mushroom Pork Chops!

4 pork chops
salt and pepper to taste
1 pinch garlic salt, or to taste
1 onion, chopped
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

Directions

Season pork chops with salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste.
In a large skillet, brown the chops over medium-high heat. Add the onion and mushrooms, and saute for one minute. Pour cream of mushroom soup over chops. Cover skillet, and reduce temperature to medium-low. Simmer 20 to 30 minutes, or until chops are cooked through.

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