Friday, April 9, 2010

Old habits die hard.

For the past two months I've kept myself on a pretty steady every-other-day posting schedule but lately I've come to realize everything I do is on a schedule and I'm tired of it. Some things, like my classes, are out of my hands but this blog is surely not one of them.

This Simple Spatula is something I write for fun. I don't want to adhere to a schedule anymore and you know what? I'm not going to. Instead I'm going to post when I have the urge to write something or share a recipe. That means it could be two days in a row, twice a week, or even twice in once day but no promises. Okay, that's a lie, I promise to post at least twice a week.

I guess that's a schedule of it own, huh? What can I say, old habits die hard.

Grilled Balsamic Portobello Mushrooms
Serves 2

1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced garlic
salt and pepper

to serve:
cherry hot peppers
goat cheese
balsamic dressing (balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil)
2 pieces good ciabatta bread (either to make a sandwich or just for the side)

Combinge vinegar, oil, lemon juice, garlic salt pepper and mushrooms in a bowl. Marinate for 1 hour or up to all 1 day.
If eating as a salad toss arugula with a small amount of balsamic dressing and set aside. If eating as a sandwich you won't need the extra dressing.
When ready to cook, prepare the grill (propane or charcoal) and place mushrooms in the center with the smooth side down. Pour some of the remaining marinade into the gills making sure the garlic lands on the mushrooms.
Grill 4-6 minutes each side until mushroom is firm but tender.

Prepare salad or sandwich with arugula, goat cheese and cherry hot peppers. Place grilled mushroom on top and enjoy.
The cooked mushrooms hold up well in the fridge for cold leftovers.


  1. I totally understand and honestly, twice a week is plenty! blogging should be fun, so if that means stepping back sometimes or writing more or writing less or something else, do it. we'll still be here.

  2. Well, you should know that I'll never disappear.

  3. I used to post every other day. No fail. Until I realized it was one day on - one day off and it was turning out to stress me out more than take pleasure with it. Now it's twice a week. I like that. I can change the days if I want and I can spend more time reading other blogs while keeping up with my job, family, friends, etc...

    Do what you can - and what makes you happy because it will come out in your writing and we'll be happy for you in the process.

  4. I completely agree. It was taking over my life. I'm much more enthusiastic when I'm not on a schedule

  5. We make a VERY similar port. mushroom on the grill...they are seriously the best. So happy to have stumbled upon your blog! Love food and, even more so, LOVE taking/looking at pictures of it!!

  6. Chasing Thirty,
    I'm so happy you like it!
    oh, and port sounds like a delicious addition to this


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