Sunday, November 20, 2011

Stuff This! with Guest Blogger Diane Kelly

Hi all ... please join me in welcoming Diane Kelly, author of the brand new Death and Taxes humorous mystery series featuring Tara Holloway.  Diane and I go way back (before either one of us could claim "published" status), and I was actually fortunate enough to read some of Diane's work then.  Man, I knew right away it was just a matter of time before her quirky, flirty stories found their way into print.  And, a woman after my heart, Diane is dropping by today with an easy, tasty Thanksgivingish dish that I plan to add to my burgeoning holiday menu.


Not inclined to gobble turkey?  Can’t bear the thought of sticking your hand up a butterball’s hoo-ha?  Stuff a mushroom instead!  It’s easy, and it’ll save you from having to wake at the crack of dawn to baste a bird.  This recipe is also an easy and yummy option for any vegetarians who may be attending your holiday meal since it makes use of many ingredients you’ll already have on hand.

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

One box of stuffing (or use your leftover stuffing)
olive oil
4 portobello mushrooms
1 can of French-fried onions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare the stuffing (or round up your leftover stuffing).  Coat the bottom of a baking dish with a thin (1/8”) layer of equal parts olive oil and water.  Wash the mushrooms and fill each cap with enough stuffing to create a level surface.  Place the mushrooms stuffing-side up in the baking dish.  Cover the dish with foil and bake at 350 degrees for twenty-five minutes.  Remove the foil, add a generous layer of French-fried onions on top of the stuffing, and bake uncovered for another five minutes.  Makes four servings.
Variation:  Stuff button mushrooms instead and serve as an appetizer or side dish.

I hope all of you have much to be thankful for this year!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Diane Kelly is the author of the Death & Taxes humorous mystery series.  Her debut novel – Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure – is in bookstores now or can be ordered from online booksellers.  Visit Diane at!


  1. Hi, Diane, stuffed mushrooms is a great alternative! Nicely done. Love the title of your book. Sounds like so much fun

    ~Enjoy the Day.


  2. Alternative? This is a wonderful way to use leftover stuffing! Love it, Diane! Your book sounds like fun, too!

    ~ Krista

  3. I can't wait to haul this out ... I think I'm going the appetizer route for Thanksgiving, but will keep the bigger mushroom idea for quick winter meals. Yum!

  4. Hope you all will enjoy it! It's pretty quick and easy, which is great!

  5. I love mushrooms. Anxious to make these. I just ordered your book on Friday from Amazon & really looking forward to reading it. I've added your series to my TBR list on Goodreads & Fictfact.I suggested you as a new author to be added to the site :)

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!