Monday, November 7, 2011

Secret Recipe Club (SRC) Reveal: Kitchen Trial and Error

Secret Recipe ClubIt's time for the November Secret Recipe Club reveal. What's the Secret Recipe Club? It's a group organized by Amanda of Amanda's Cookin'. Each month, every participant is assigned to someone else's blog from which they pick a recipe - or two - to make and post, but it's all a secret until the big day. Today's the day. I always love a kitchen challenge and some culinary adventure. And I was determined, this month, to whip up some savories for the reveal.

Meet Kate of Kitchen Trial and Error. There are so many things to admire about her blog, but the one that struck me first: she admits to kitchen flops. Love that! We all have them, why hide them? Her "about" page invites you to stay awhile and read about her messes and successes in the kitchen. I surely did.

It was not difficult to pick some recipes of hers that I wanted to make. What was challenging was narrowing down the list. I ended up making three of her recipes for dinner one night. But here's the list of other recipes I've bookmarked to make at a later date: orange-clementine pudding, Indian butter chicken, and apple-chicken chili.

As the weather began to turn colder this month, I was inspired by her many posts about risotto. Among her risotto recipes are a tomato basil risotto, a portobello risotto, and - uniquely - a sweet risotto made with vanilla, strawberries, and peach. I made my own version of risotto, an asparagus-fennel-leek risotto, and then revamped it with Kate's Risotto-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms.

While Kate opted for one large mushroom per person, I found smaller stuffing portobellos and served them as an appetizer.

  • small portobello mushrooms, cleaned and gills removed
  • leftover risotto
  • shredded parmesan, provolone, or romano cheese for the top
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and clean the mushrooms. Place the mushrooms on a baking stone, gill side up, and drizzle with olive oil. Season with pink Himalaya salt, freshly ground pepper, and bake about 15 minutes until softened.

When the mushrooms are softened, spoon the risotto into the caps, press gently, and top with cheese. Bake an additional 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and golden-hued.
Our main dish for the evening was based on Kate's Potato Frittata to which I added some wild mushrooms - to stay with the fungi theme.

  • leftover roasted potatoes, cubed
  • 5 eggs
  • sliced wild mushrooms
  • 1 T dill
  • 1 T thyme
  • 1 T parsley
  • smoked sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 2 T heavy cream
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Butter a baking dish and place potatoes in it. Top them with the mushrooms, fresh herbs, and eggs beaten with heavy cream. Season with herbs, salt, pepper, and top with shredded cheese. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes. Slice into wedges and serve.

And, instead of dessert, we ended dinner with a fresh salad of mixed greens, roasted beets, and crisp apple slices...topped with some croutons inspired by Kate's Crunchy Croutons.

  • Day-old crusty bread
  • olive oil
  • pink Himalaya salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • whatever dried herbs and spices you like - I used dried dill and thyme
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cube your bread, about half an inch to an inch square, depending on how big you like your croutons.

Lay the bread on a baking sheet and drizzle generously with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and herbs and toss to coat. Spread the cubes out on a single layer. Bake about 20 minutes, or until the bread is perfectly toasted to your liking.

Thanks so much, Kate, for the culinary inspirations. I am so glad to have tried and succeeded in the kitchen with you. I'll be stopping back by to make some more of your treats later this month.



  1. So easy dishes yet sounds very flavorful! I need to check her recipes! Love leftover ideas always!

  2. The stuffed mushrooms look fabulous but nice and easy. Great SRC pick.

  3. hi camilla! i'm so glad you liked the risotto stuffed mushrooms - what a great idea to stuff smaller ones for an appetizer (i'll have to remember that for my holiday party!)

    and how ironic that i was also assigned your blog!

  4. Wow, three wonderful and delicious sounding and looking recipes, great SRC picks.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  5. What a nice alternative to the leftover fried risotto balls that are the common appetizer option! Great way to add a little extra veg, too.

  6. What a wonderful idea. Yours looks delicious. I want to try the stuffed mushrooms and frittata.

  7. I love Kitchen Trial and Error and this is such a yummy recipe. Great pick for the SRC!

  8. This all looks fantastic! What a great use for leftover risotto! :)

  9. I had the same problem when Kate's blog was my 'assignment'. Too many goodies not enough time. You chose some really good ones. The 'shrooms look so tasty.

  10. Oh what great choices, but the risoto stuffedportobelo is my fave for sure, looks so good.

  11. Wow, three great recipes. Very impressive!

  12. I really adore stuffed mushrooms and these seem pleasantly easy. Also, your frittata looks awesome.

  13. I don't think I'd be able to eat only one of those stuffed mushrooms, more like 5 or 6.

  14. Those stuffed portobellos look amazing!

  15. Using leftovers is a subject that always interests me. So you've inspired me. I realise that a leftover rice dish could be used to stuff not just mushrooms, but a pepper, too. I want to try stuffing an onion one day. And I think stuffed eggplant might work, too. Have you ever stuffed anything else?

  16. @Sarah, I have never stuffed an onion, but I have stuffed peppers and zucchini. A stuffed onion? That sounds intriguing.


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