Mussels with pesto

Mussels and pesto blending together
Mussels and pesto blending together

Yesterday day was a great day of fun and sun at the beach.  And the perfect low tide to pick a limit of bay mussels of the jetty.  The only thing about getting mussels off the jetty is that they tend to be on the small size.  The largest one that I found was about 4 inches.  The average was just over 2 inches.  With all these delicious mussels I decided that mixing them in with some pesto would make for a great dinner tonight.  That and it’s a very simple recipe.  This will make two servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb cooked and shelled mussels
  • 2 ounces pesto
  • 4 ounces dried pasta of choice

Cook up your pasta as per directions and drain.  While the pasta is cooking warm up the mussels with the pesto in a large saute pan.  add the cooked pasta to the pan and toss to coat the noodles evenly with the pesto.  pour into bowls and enjoy.

All blended into a bowl of delicious delights
All blended into a bowl of delicious delights

King boletes with sausage and noodles

Delicious earthy mushroom sausage wonderfull noodle dish
Delicious earthy mushroom sausage wonderful noodle dish

 

So many mushrooms and so little time to indulge my second favorite culinary ingredient (Cheese is the first if you can’t tell) .  This weekends pickings included several different types of Wild mushrooms.  And for the first time I have found some king Boletes in the woods instead of in my normal urban picking area.  Since there is more than I can eat at once I am drying most of them for later.  Drying will bring out a stronger earthy taste but they are still very delicious when fresh.  I have a pack of my homemade sausage already thawed so I am going to try something new with the fresh boletes.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves of garlic (or more)
  • 5 sausage links
  • 2 small king boletes (about 2-3 cups worth)
  • olive oil to saute
  • your favorite variety of noodle

Cook up the sausage and slice into 1/2 inch sections and return to the pan.  Next lightly brush off any needles or moss on your boletes and cut into 1/4 slices and saute with the garlic and oil.  add salt and pepper to taste.  Once the mushrooms are cooked down poor the mix over your noodles and eat.  the King boletes add a deep rich flavor to the dish.  I have made this with dehydrated ones and it still came out very delicious.

Sausage, mushrooms and garlic sautee
Sausage, mushrooms and garlic saute