Monday, June 28, 2010

Morels, Soup and A Giveaway!


If you had received 2 lbs of Morel Mushrooms for free...
And you had never even tasted Morels before...
Let alone cooked with them....
Wouldn't it be way cool if you could taste these delectable, tasty 'shrooms in a brand new dinning room?

I wish I could've. I mean, my dinning set is old and a little...mmm...wobbly. But a gal can dream, right?

The people over at CSN Stores, well...Sean to be exact, contacted me to see if I would host a Giveaway.  Of course I said yes. I mean....why would I turn down the chance to give my favorite blog peeps something for free!!

What can you win? A CSN STORE GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR $80.00!!! You can use it at any of their 200+ stores (holy crap...did you know they have that many online stores???). This is a one-time use gift certificate, and it does not cover shipping costs.

This giveaway is for U.S. and Canadian residences.

What do you have to do to win? Leave a comment and some way I can contact you should you win.

You have until hmmm....how long should I keep this giveaway open? Let's say...1 week. Post your comment by the end of the day of 7/6/2010. I'll announce the winner a day or so after that....depending on how my week is going. Sound fair?

Oh...if you do not wish to be part of the giveaway, or you live outside of the US or Canada, you are more than welcome to (and highly encouraged to) leave a comment...just let me know you're not entering the contest.

Now...did someone mention Morel Mushrooms? Oh ya....that was me. Well, let me tell you how I became the proud owner of such exquisite fungi.

I entered a contest over at Marx Food....and I won! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!



And within a couple of days, a big box showed up at work! Of course I looked inside to see my prized possessions...and quickly stashed the box in the fridge at work.

I have to take a moment to apologize to all my co-workers for being responsible for making the fridge smell like dirt.

For 3 days.

Not that I left the box there for 3 days....but the odor kinda lingered. And bless their hearts...not one person complained. At least that I know of. Sorry guys!! You're the bestest!

This post is getting a big long winded isn't it? I'll go into more detail on my mushrooms with the next post. Yep...there's gonna be more. I didn't just make soup. But since I was craving mushroom soup for the longest time...I thought I'd share it with you all first.

This recipe came from Julia Child's MtAoFC and I have to say...it is fabulous!!!

Most often, when I cook, I change up stuff. I mean...that's what we do, right? But with Julia's recipe, I didn't change a thing!! It's easy, but not simple. It didn't take all that long...but there are several steps.

And each step is sooooo worth it. I know it's not soup season....but this isn't a hearty soup and it is lovely. It has a rich, creamy flavor that leaves you wanting more. Just when you think you're done and you walk away....you find yourself still tasting the soup in your mouth and next thing you know, you're running back for another bite.

I swear!! It happened several times to me.

Potage Veloute Aux Champignons
(Cream of Mushroom Soup)
Printable Version

1/4 cup minced onion
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
6 cups of boiling chicken stock (Julia says that if you don't have any stock, then use chicken broth with 2 parsley sprigs, 1/3 bay leaf and 1/8 teaspoon thyme)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Chopped stems of 1 lb of mushrooms (or if you're using morels like I am...just chop up 1/4 of them)
2 tablespoons butter
Thinly sliced caps from the 1 lb of mushrooms
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 egg yolks
1/2 - 3/4 cup whipping cream
1 - 3 tablespoons butter

Slowly cook the onions in 3 tablespoons of butter for about 8 - 10 minutes, until tender. But don't let them get brown. Add the flour and store over low heat for about 3 minutes, without letting it brown.

Remove from heat and beat in the chicken stock until thoroughly blended with the flour mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the mushroom stems. Simmer while partially covered for at least 20 minutes.

Strain and press the juices out of the mushroom stems. Return the soup to the pan.


Now, I didn't want to waste any of my morels...so I didn't strain them out. I put them right back in and I got out my emulsion blender and had at it!


In another sauce pan, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter. When the butter begins to foam, add the mushrooms, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and the lemon juice. Cover and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes.


Pour the mushrooms along with their cooking juices into the strained soup base and simmer for 10 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks and cream.



Then....beat in a cup of the the hot soup 1 teaspoon at a time! Gradually stir in the rest. (this process will temper the eggs so you don't end up with scrambled egg soup.)

Add more salt and pepper if needed. Return the soup to the pan and stir over low heat for a minute or two but don't let the soup simmer.

Remove from heat and stir in 1 - 3 tablespoons of butter, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Serve and enjoy...thoroughly!


I'm going to enter this soup as my Real Food for Two for Tuesdays at Heathers from GirliChef:


Aaaaand....Souper Sundays over at Debs from Kahakai Kitchen :


whew...ok, I'm done. and I'm pooped. You can wake up now.

46 comments:

  1. Your soup looks delicious. I'll definitely try that recipe. I love Julia's cookbook.
    yay, a giveaway. i'd like to enter. Who doesn't love online shopping for free.

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  2. Thanks for the giveaway...count me in too!!!

    ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

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  4. OMG DROOL! That looks so good!

    What do morels taste like?

    I'd love to enter your contest! You know where to find me!

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  5. I'll definitely try the mushroom soup. Please enter me for the morel giveaway. Mushrooms are my favorite and there was a restaurant (out of business now) about an hour away that had fresh morels. They were soooo good. Oh please, please let me win. Trish Gateway

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  6. I have never in my life had a morel mushroom - I've never even SEEN one aside from pictures. Someday ... *sigh* .... BUT an $80 gift certificate would be fine solace ;)

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  7. This looks fantastic! I never had morels either!

    I delete that dining room guy every time! lol

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  8. Yummy - thanks! I hope you enjoy the soup as much as I did :)

    Niveditha - good luck :)

    Akshay - sorry...I had to delete your comment because it had a link in it. I don't allow links on my blog other than ones I've posted. I hope you understand.

    Spryte - I'll tell you more about the morels in my next post :)

    Trish - with the price of morels as they are...I can't imagine how expensive a plate which includes them is.

    Jez - I was just like you until last week LOL.

    Michele - why do you delete him? That company is totally legit! They have (among their 200+ stores) a wonderful kitchenware store. My last giveaway was from them as well. You're so silly LOL.

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  9. So, how was the soup? and how many morels do you have left, anyway? I wanna enter the contest!

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  10. CSN has a great selection! Thanks for the giveaway!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  11. I would LOVE to enter this contest! Thanks for a great giveaway and a wonderful blog!! :)

    april_vereb@yahoo.com

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  12. Okay,giveaway...Yay!! Please count me in!!! Mushroom soup......I love IT!!!! I am jealous! I am so gonna make my cheap mushroom soup as soon as it gets a little cooler around here. Thanks !

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  13. Mmmm, I'm morels are yummy. I've haven't had a chance to try them out but am slowly getting more daring so maybe one day. Your soup looks delish!

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  14. Wow, REAL fresh morels. I've never cooked with them. What a treat. I'd love to win the gift certificate!

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  15. Your won the morels, you lucky gal! Congratulations! Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway also!

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  16. So YOU were the winner, eh? Pooh! I totally wanted those ;) This sounds delicious, Dani...NOM!!! And of course I want to be entered...awesome giveaway! And thanks for sharing it w/ T4T this week =)

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  17. Ohh, I love mushrooms! That soup looks amazing.

    dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. MMMmmmmmm mushrooms. Yummy!

    Thanks for the chance.

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  19. Yummmm your soup look fabulous!!
    I wanna enter the giveaway!
    Thank you

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  20. Hi Danielle! My parents lived in france for many years, but not at the same time! lol we had many a great wild mushroom soup as a child and morels were featured often! Thanks for a great recipe and sharing the real food love at The two for tuesday recipe blog hop! I would LOVE to enter your competition to win the 80 bucks! I need a few good saucepans! : alex@amoderatelife

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  21. Oh, I adore mushrooms and this soup sounds fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing it with us all at Two for Tuesdays blog hop! In the fall here everyone goes mushroom picking and now I know exactly what I'm going to make with those mushrooms - I'm bookmarking your page to come back to it then ;)
    Oh, and I live in Prague so sadly I am not entering your wonderful giveaway.

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  22. I have never been one for fungi but your post has changed my mind!

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

    I would love to win!

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  23. I'm not that big a fan of mushrooms, but I know my family would love this soup. I've never used morels, are they much different than other mushrooms?

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  24. I've never cooked with morels, so funny looking, but I love mushrooms.If I win I can buy a big soup pot and try your recipe.

    boris dot cynthia at gmail.com

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  25. Lucky you with winning the mushrooms! Love them and your soup looks delicious! Great giveaway too! pst404@gmail.com

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  26. I really love mushrooms and as you know have Julia's book, so what more could I ask for except to win a contest. :)......K.

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  27. What a lucky win for you! The soup looks delicious. I would love to enter the give-a-way :)
    Cristie @ TheTableRunner.com

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  28. I love the blog, sissy! Put my name in the hat! I think you know how to contact me...you do it 5 times a day! lmao

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  29. Blogger sometimes irritates me! I typed up individual thanks yous to each of your comments, hit enter. got an error and all was lost :(.

    I'll be talking more about the flavor and texture of the morels in my next morel post (there are two more in the making).

    Thank you all for the lovely comments and for entering the contest! Good luck to everyone! :)

    but I have to make a special comment to my baby sister, Nicki!!! LOVE YOU! so nice to see you here :)

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  30. WOW! So jealous of the morels but I know you have wanted to try them for some time now! So glad you won!

    And please enter me in your contest. I need some retail therapy!

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  31. Wow, my tight budget could really use that certificate. Great site!

    Suzan
    officeguru@gmail.com

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  32. think I lost the other comment somehow.

    Certificates are wonderful for those on tight budgets (like me)
    Great site!

    Suzan

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  33. Please enter me in your contest. Thank you!

    I have never tasted morels. I recently had some pasta with morels but the pieces were small to the point of being minute and I couldn't discern any real flavor, so that was disappointing. Since I love regular mushrooms, I feel quite assured I would love them. The soup looks and sounds delicious!

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  34. I love morels! They're still available at higher altitudes. I just found some yesterday at 5600 feet. They're probably theeasiest mushroom to identify so take a class and get out there! Thanks for the recipe. I'd love to enter the contest. my email is rjcantor

    at gmail (dotcom, of course!) Truffles aren't that hard to find, either and you should try those, too!

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  35. I love morels but not their price. You were so lucky to win 2 lbs!!! The soup looks delicious! And a great giveaway to boot, throw my name in the hat please!

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  36. Your blog is awesome. :)

    My email: hapinachu at gmail dot com

    xo

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  37. Your soup looks delicious & winning
    those morels - Lucky you! And the reason nobody remarked about the
    refrig smell.. well, they are hoping
    for a taste.. Happy 4th
    I'd love to win the gift certificate!
    kmjas1 at hotmail dot com

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  38. Not sure if my post went thru...if it did zap this one LOL If not, here I am! (btw, I read your blog anyway, no need for a giveaway...but it's COOL! HA!)

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  39. WOW those mushrooms are....unique looking LOL but the soup you made them into looks devine!

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    Sweetimpishpixie(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  40. Wow, what a great looking soup! You sure are adventurous!

    Thanks for the Julia Child tip on chicken broth~!!!!

    Yes, please enter me in your contest.

    Thanks for everything!!!

    Judy
    judysbakeryandtestkitchen.blogspot.com

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  41. Count me in too please! Thanks for the opportunity and the great blog!

    Leslie
    falibrary@gmail.com

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  42. Wow! A summer shopping spree sounds excellent :)

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  43. That soup looks incredible. I love using my immersion blender.
    I'd love to win your giveaway too!
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

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  44. I'm glad I found your blog! Not only can I enter your CSN contest (love that place) but I found another great recipe source!
    HobartsMama {AT} AOL.COM

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  45. I think your blog looks really nice! The header is eye-catching, I like the recipes and also all your links to other food blogs! Keep up the great work! And THANKS for the change to win some CSN goodies!
    Pudyqat2 {at} aol.com

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  46. Congrats on scoring those morels; your soup looks delish!

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