We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skiesThat blood of heroes never dies. Moina Michael, inspired by In Flanders Fields
So, our heartfelt thanks to all those who lost their lives...or had them changed by the experience of war.
Okay so, the other reason we celebrate on Memorial Day is that it launches the summer season--hooray! Chances are you might be hosting a party. Or at least going to one...and you've probably politely offered to bring something, hoping of course that hostess will just as politely demur or suggest a bottle of wine. Instead she says, "How about an hors d'oeuvres?"
If you're like me, you can't think of one creamy dip with veggies that hasn't been done to death. Cheese and crackers? Deadly boring. But I do have a delicious and easy recipe for stuffed mushrooms that will make folks think you really put yourself out:).
1 box white mushrooms (although no reason the brown baby bellas shouldn't work too)
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/3 to 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Mix the cheeses and the garlic together until well combined. Meanwhile, clean the mushrooms, remove the stems, and set them aside for some other use. I know purists suggest brushing mushrooms, rather than washing, but I go ahead and clean them under running water and then pat them dry.
Stuff the cavities with the cheese mixture and bake at 400 until the mushrooms soften and the stuffing begins to brown. Serve warm. That's it!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Lucy Burdette is the author of AN APPETITE FOR MURDER, the first Key West food critic mystery. DEATH IN FOUR COURSES will be released on September 4.
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