Celebrating Canada Day with Mushrooms

It's not often that we get to put the work-week on hold mid-week, but Canada's 148th birthday is certainly a cause for celebration! Despite July 1st falling on a Wednesday, it seems every community is pulling together a pretty exciting lineup of fireworks, entertainment and food. It may be tough heading back to work on Thursday.

If you plan to relax at home on your day off, we can help! We've pulled together some delicious ways to incorporate mushrooms in your Canada Day celebrations.

Bring Canadian flavours to the party! Beef Mushroom Meatballs with Maple Dijon Sauce by Fox in the Kitchen are a no-brainer birthday snack. 

Head straight to your own garden for some fresh tomatoes, onions and herbs! Grilled Portabella and Poblano Tacos by Crumb: A Food Blog are a great reason to stay outdoors. 

There's nothing quite like a barbecue featuring food-on-a-stick! Family Feedbag's Turkey & Mushroom Skewers with Peanut Sauce are a healthy, yet indulgent treat for the whole family!

Finally, you can support all-things Canadian with some dazzling new recipes featuring local foods. Our new Celebrate Local eCookbook boasts 13 new and delicious recipes, including this Pulled Pork Mac n' Cheese with Mushrooms featuring Ontario Pork and fresh Canadian Mushrooms. You could even try piling this pulled pork over some fries and curds for a very Canadian poutine!

How will you be celebrating Canada Day this year?

Make it with Mushrooms this Father's Day

I always look forward to Father's Day. It traditionally falls on a beautifully sunny weekend in June, allowing us to spend the day outdoors, on the patio, enjoying good company, good drinks and good food. Not that we ever need a special occasion to celebrate this amazing man in our lives, but having the excuse to get together never hurts.

Some years we fire up the grill, some years we take off on a spontaneous road trip and see where that leads us, but this year, dad is selecting his very own menu, packed with his favourite flavours. Take a look at some of his picks this year!

Plan ahead for a meaty afternoon treat! These Pork and Mushroom Hand Pies are easy to prepare in advance and freeze for Sunday's festivities.

What dad doesn't love pizza flavours? Dad will absolutely love this Bacon Double Cheeseburger Tart by Friday Night is Cake Night!

Burgers on the grill are a summertime staple and this weekend is no different! Serve up a classic burger with a twist! This delicious Blended Classic Beef Burger is made with a 50/50 blend of lean ground beef and finely chopped mushrooms.

If you want a mouthwatering afternoon snack on the patio, these Halloumi Kebabs are hand-held treats that everyone can put their personal flair on!

Lamb Loin Chops with Mushroom Marsala Sauce is an elegant Sunday afternoon meal for those dad's who enjoy the finer things in life.

If you find yourself entertaining last minute, this Strip Loin Roast Beef with Rosemary Wild Mushroom Sauce is great for entertaining because it needs little preparation and has delicious results!

How are you spoiling dad this Father's Day?

Guest Post: Cheesy Shiitake Arugula Omelette by Family Feedbag

We have a guest in the kitchen! We're to have Amy of Family Feedbag back with us sharing a savoury meal, fit for any time of day. Let this simple, yet elegant dish be the highlight of your day!

I’m so pleased to be back here on the Mushrooms Canada blog to share my cooking ideas for one of nature’s most mysterious and tasty edibles. Mushrooms are a regular feature in my kitchen, not only because they are versatile and delicious, but because of the effortless way they bask in the spotlight in even the simplest of dishes.

Omelettes are perfect for quick lunches and weeknight dinners. But they’re also about weekend breakfast in bed with a cup of hot coffee, buttered toast and sunshine streaming in through the bedroom window. Simple can also be elegant, and I think this cheesy shiitake omelette with peppery baby arugula is a perfect example of that.

I like a mild, melty Gouda cheese in this omelette so that the deep, earthy flavour of the mushrooms is front and centre. But try it with stronger cheeses too, or whatever you happen to have in the cheese drawer on a Saturday morning.

Stay in. Make an omelette.

Cheesy Shiitake Arugula Omelette
This simple and elegant omelette using whole shiitake mushrooms makes for a quick breakfast, lunch or dinner. Try it with a variety of melting cheeses such as Gouda, Cheddar or Fontina.

Serves 1

1 tbsp (15 mL) unsalted butter
1 cup (250 mL) shiitake mushrooms
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper
3 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup (75 mL) baby arugula
1/3 cup (75 mL) grated cheese, such as Gouda, Cheddar or Fontina

Melt the butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté until beginning to get crisp around the edges (4 to 5 minutes). Transfer the mushrooms to a small dish and set aside. 

Pour the beaten eggs into the pan. Keeping the heat on medium, allow the eggs to cook undisturbed until just a little wet on top (3 to 4 minutes). 

Sprinkle the cheese over the eggs. Arrange the arugula and mushrooms on just one side of the eggs. Continue cooking another minute or so just until the eggs have set. Gently flap over the eggs to cover the mushroom side of the omelette. Serve hot.

Amy Bronee is the writer and photographer behind the award-winning home cooking blog FamilyFeedbag.com. Since 2011, millions of home cooks around the world have visited her blog for easy-to-follow recipes, mouth-watering images and stories about everyday life in the kitchen. Her first cookbook, The Canning Kitchen: 101 Simple Small Batch Recipes (Penguin Canada, June 2015) celebrates the tradition of preserving in the modern home kitchen. When she’s not wearing an apron, Amy enjoys running, reading and spending time with her husband and two young sons in their cozy island home in Victoria, BC.


Imagine enjoying this beautiful recipe as breakfast in bed?! No matter what time of day you choose to indulge, this savoury omelette will certainly be a hit. Thanks again to Amy for sharing another mouthwatering mushroom meal. 

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