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When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!

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December 01, 2008

My Sister's Mushroom Sauce for Pasta

My Sister's Mushroom  Sauce for Pasta

1# mushrooms (a mix or all buttons), chopped fairly small
salt and pepper
½ c. red wine

Saute the mushrooms in a little butter and/or olive oil, then add wine and let bubble a minute.  Cover (lid and tinfoil) and bake in a 275-300 oven for about one hour. 

I added parmesan to the mixture in the pan after it came out of the oven and before I served it over the pasta - letting the parmesan melt and thicken slightly.

Very, very good.  I’ve done it twice - first time on spaghetti and the second time on little shells or some such pasta which I think worked a little better.  The bits of mushroom can nestle into the shells!

My sister stirs in cream cheese at the end but I’ve not tried this.

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