Sauteed Morels Made By Man

I admit that I have morel fever! Every spring, I go gaga for the morel mushrooms. These forest treats are in limited supply for a limited time.

Morel Mushrooms

My man, Brian, and I received a small precious bunch of morel mushrooms from friends, Erin and Richard McArthur. Thank you McArthur’s!!!

In the past, we have cooked butter-fried morel mushrooms. See FoodMeOmaha post, “Butter-Fried Morels Made By Man”. This time, my man sauteed the morel mushrooms with butter.

Sauteed Morels:

Ingredients:

  • Fresh morel mushrooms (approximately 12)
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • Salt and black pepper

Directions:

1. Admire the morel mushrooms.

2. Trim the stalk ends and cut the bigger morels vertically in half.

3. Soak morels in salt water for 10-15 minutes, rinse, and pat dry.

4. On a frying pan, melt butter on medium-high.

Melt Butter for Sauteed Morel Mushrooms

6. When the butter is melted, add the morel mushrooms.

7. Add salt and pepper.

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8. Cook for about 5 minutes or until cooked through with buttery goodness.


Breath in the awesome aroma!

9. Occasionally stir gently.

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Sauteed Morel Mushrooms

10. Serve and enjoy each morel morsel!

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So simple and soooo good… We deliberately rationed the morels! Like Russian roulette (but in a delicious way), we took turns enjoying a morel piece. Every buttery, woodsy mushroom bite was followed by a moment of appreciation.

I now prefer the sauteed version over the fried. The earthy mushrooms shine more without the breading.

FoodMeOmaha Tidbit: Have morel fever? Check out the FoodMeOmaha post, “2015 Morel Sightings at Omaha Restaurants”.

CakeMeOmaha Series #9: The Avengers Cake Sequel

As evident in past CakeMeOmaha posts, Bliss Old Market Bakery has consistently created custom cakes that look and taste good. This included an awesome Avengers cake for awesome Cade (eldest son) back in September 2012. See the past FoodMeOmaha post, “CakeMeOmaha Series #3: The Avengers Cake”.

On March 7th, 2014, Jonah (youngest son) had an Avengers theme birthday party. Thus, we went back to Bliss Old Market Bakery for an awesome Avengers Cake “sequel” for awesome Jonah. The result…

Custom Avenger Cake from Bliss Old Market Bakery

Bliss Old Market Bakery created an Avenger-tastic nine-inch cake Marvel-ized with fondant and frosting. I love how Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Thor are individually represented in a quadrant and united in one cake!

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The Avengers cake is visually neat to see from different angles. We received many cake compliments at the party.

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The best part: We were stoked to see Jonah’s delight over the cake!

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Custom Avengers Chocolate Cake

  • Description: 9-inch round chocolate cake (feeds 32) with peanut butter frosting and custom Avengers decorations.
  • Price: $50.00, additional $15 for custom 3D fondant figures
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.25 out of 10

Chocolate cake and rich peanut butter frosting is one of my favorite Bliss cake/frosting pairing. Birthday boy Jonah says: “It was really good!”

FoodMeOmaha Tidbit: Peanut butter lovers, I recommend the peanut butter chocolate cupcake at Bliss Old Market Bakery!

Thanks to Bliss Old Market Bakery for another awesome Avengers cake!

The Avengers Age of Ultron Movie

By the way, FoodMeOmaha and the boys saw The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie last night. The Avengers sequel has jammed-pack action, great visual effects, laughs, and superhero entertainment! I craved Chinese takeout at one point…

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2015 Morel Sightings at Omaha Restaurants

Morel mushrooms have been sighted! These unique, honeycombed-cap beauties have a more woodsy flavor than the common button mushrooms. Morel mushrooms are only available once a year by mother nature.

There are a handful of Omaha restaurants that have morel mushrooms. Get them while they last!


Taita Restaurant

Taita Restaurant is FoodMeOmaha’s top favorite restaurant in town! I continually rave about their sushi and other yummy offerings. I am thrilled that they have morel mushroom specials!

Mushroom Morels at Taita Restaurant

Mushroom Morels at Taita Restaurant

Homemade Pasta w/ Scallops, Scallions, and Morel Mushrooms

Homemade Pasta w/ Cream Sauce, Scallops, and Morel Mushrooms

Homemade Pasta w/ Cream Sauce, Scallops, and Morel Mushrooms
  • Description: Weekend special – Homemade pasta with cream sauce, scallops, and morel mushrooms.
  • Price: $25.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 9 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 9 out of 10

I had this special yesterday evening. I was wooed with each bite. The cream sauce was divine, the homemade pasta smooth and comforting, the scallops nicely seared, and the morel mushrooms was woodsy love! I wanted more and almost ordered this dish again!

Morel Mushrooms Broth and Miso Ramen at Taita

Morel Mushroom Broth and Miso Ramen at Taita

Taita serves up ramen on Sunday only (12pm-4pm only). Today, they have morel mushroom and miso ramen!

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Dante Ristorante Pizzeria

Dante Ristorante Pizzeria is another favorite restaurant. They have wood-roasted, grass fed NE rib-eye w/ wood roasted morels, nishnabotna spinach & gnocchi and a nettle & ceci bean tortellini w/ wood-roasted morels, squeaky green organics radish, nettle pesto & fried ceci beans. Based on a recent phone call, their supply of morel mushrooms are almost gone!

Morel Mushrooms at Dante Pizzeria

Morel Mushrooms at Dante Pizzeria

Dante Ristorante Pizzeria on Urbanspoon


La Buvette Wine & Grocery

4/26/2015 Update: Morel mushrooms have been sighted at La Buvette in the Old Market! Omaha food writer, Sarah Baker Hansen, recently posted on the Omavore Facebook page: “What I’m eating: an incredibly delicious morel mushroom pizza” at La Buvette.

La Buvette serves up good food in a charming, quaint European-like cafe with exposed brick and walls of wine. Based on a recent call, La Buvette likes to have fun and try different dishes with morel mushrooms. Note based on several past visits, expect slow-paced service.

La Buvette Wine Bar & Delicatessen on Urbanspoon


Block 16

4/27/2015 Update: Block 16 has joined the list of Omaha restaurants with morel mushrooms!

Block 16 is one BIG reason I wished I stilled worked downtown!!! Last year, during the morel mushroom season, they had a different morel lunch special every day. Today, Block 16 has this morel mushroom special…

Miso Morel Burger at Block 16

Miso Morel Burger at Block 16

Hello, beautiful!!! The Miso Morel Burger is composed of the house patty, miso glazed MORELS, cheese, grilled onion, arugula, aioli and sriracha on a brioche bun. I want.

Check out Block 16’s Facebook page for their lunch specials. I wonder what other morel mushroom specials Block 16 will serve. I recommend getting their early. It gets crowded fast since Block 16 is that good.

5/2/2015 Update: Block 16’s special tonight is “MOREL AND LOBSTER RISOTTO. WITH A DUCK EGG AND GRANA PODANA. This is dine in only friends and we’ve only got a couple dozen left. They’ll go quickly and they don’t start until 5 p.m. but its worth it.”

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V. Mertz

5/2/2015 Update: V. Mertz has posted an Instagram pic of a morel mushroom!

Morel Mushroom at V. Mertz

Morel Mushroom at V. Mertz

V. Mertz is a fine-dining restaurant with fine-tasting food. They have a great ambiance set in the Old Market Passageway. V. Mertz have unique dishes that merge traditional and contemporary styles and different cultural influences. I wonder what they will do with morel mushrooms…

5/4/2015 Update: Check out the goose eggs and morels Instagram pic from V. Mertz!

Goose Eggs and Morels at V. Mertz

Goose Eggs and Morels at V. Mertz

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Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar

5/3/2015 Update: Lot 2 posted that they have morel mushrooms this weekend!

Morel Mushrooms at Lot 2

Morel Mushrooms at Lot 2

Lot 2 Restaurant & Wine Bar is another favorite restaurant. There is a lot to love at Lot 2 including the charcuterie board and bone marrow. Thus, I had a “woot woot” reaction when I saw Lot 2 has morel mushrooms!

Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar on Urbanspoon


5/6/2015 Update: 
There are more morels sighted at Omaha restaurants including J. Coco, M’s Pub, and Dolce!

FoodMeOmaha loves morel mushrooms! I will update this post if there are other morel mushroom sightings at Omaha restaurants. Hopefully, mother nature will be generous this year.

I recommend contacting the restaurant beforehand, if you want to make sure they have morel mushrooms. They go fast!

The Fries and Sides at Stella’s Bar & Grill

On March 10th 2015, FoodMeOmaha and work friends, Ryan and Eric, went to lunch at Stella’s Bar & Grill.

Stella's Bar & Grill Inside View

Our objective: Stella’s famous hamburgers. Oh yeah… Stella’s continues to be FoodMeOmaha’s top favorite burger joint in the Omaha area.

Custom Cheeseburger at Stella's Bar & Grill

Teaser: Salivate over this cheeseburger with bacon, fried egg, sauteed mushroom, grilled onion, and melted pepper jack served on a napkin. I happily gobbled up my customized burger masterpiece. Drool…

No brainer! When you are at Stella’s, enjoy a hamburger! How about the sides?

On this visit, we each ordered a differed side and shared them among the table. I tried the onion rings for the first time and tasted the Stella fries and sweet potato waffle fries again.

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The Fries and Sides menu section.

While the hamburgers are the reason to eat at Stella’s, this post is about the fries and sides at Stella’s Bar & Grill. Here are my rankings of the sides at Stella’s based on recent and past visits:

#4: Stella Fries
Stella's Fries

These fries don’t do anything for me. I know others who like them. Consistently, they are too soft, greasy, and bland for my taste.

Stella Fries
  • Description: Hand-cut, fresh Idaho potatoes
  • Price: $2.50
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 5 out of 10


#3: Sweet Potato Waffle Fries
Stella's Sweet Potato Waffle Fries

The Sweet Potato Waffle Fries has a nice sweet potato taste but I want more salt and texture.

Sweet Potato Waffle Fries
  • Description: Sweet potato waffle fries
  • Price: $3.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 7 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 7 out of 10


#2: Potato chips – Home-Cooked, Kettle-Style
Stella's Potato Chips

The home-cooked, kettle potato chips are much tastier than the Stella fries and sweet potato waffle fries. The potato crunch is a great complement to the savory burger.

Potato Chips
  • Description: Home-cooked kettle-style potato chips
  • Price: $2.50
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8 out of 10


#1: Onion Rings
Stella's Onion Rings

The onion rings are now my preferred side at Stella’s! Ryan and Eric favored this side as well. Yummy, textured breading and sweet cooked onion.

Onion Rings
  • Description: Onion Rings
  • Price: $2.50
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8.25 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.25 out of 10

Overall, some sides are good and others are just okay. In the future, I will order the potato chips and/or onion rings with my awesome Stella’s burger masterpiece.

For more on Stella’s Bar & Grill, check out the past FoodMeOmaha post, Stella’s Hamburgers: A Burger Affair to Remember.

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CakeMeOmaha Series #8: The Deadpool Cake

My boyfriend’s son, Cade, turns fourTEEN! (He used to be shorter than me…) In honor of his birthday, we continued the custom cake tradition with a Deadpool cake from Bliss Old Market Bakery. They did not disappoint.

Custom Deadpool Cake from Bliss Bakery

Custom Deadpool Cake from Bliss Bakery

As expected, Bliss Old Market Bakery created a cake that looks good and tastes good.

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I enjoyed the yummy, moist chocolate cake. On a minor note, I wish I had ordered the chocolate buttercream. The red-dyed white buttercream was sweeter than I prefer. Note that I am not a big frosting fan.

On a practical note, I also wished Bliss Old Market Bakery packed their cake more securely for transportation. We ordered the non-standard 10″ cake. The box was much larger then the cake and the top cover did not fit the box. Despite cautious, slow driving, the cake was slightly damaged. The cake slid in the box and the box cover scratched the cake.

Regardless of a few “cuts and bruises”, the custom Deadpool cake was a hit! Another awesome cake for awesome Cade, the teenager!

Custom Deadpool Chocolate Cake

  • Description: 10-inch round chocolate cake and white buttercream with Deadpool custom design.
  • Price: $60.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 7.75 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 7.75 out of 10

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Local Omaha Restaurants Supports ALS

I love the community among local Omaha restaurants. As an avid foodie, I have seen the camaraderie and collaboration between different chefs, restaurants, and organizations through different events (chef swaps, fundraisers, etc.) and social media interaction. This is also seen with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Here are some ALS Ice Bucket challenges videos from Omaha Restaurants.

Dolce’s Ice Bucket Challenge:

The Dolce crew challenges Chef Jon Seymour and crew from V. Mertz, Owner Chef Paul Kulik and crew from Le Bouillon and Chef Tim Nicholson and crew from The Boiler Room Restaurant.

V. Mertz’s Ice Bucket Challenge:

Sommelier Matthew E. Brown and Chef Jon Seymour of V. Mertz accepts the challenge from Dolce and then challenges Dante Ristorante Pizzeria, Block 16, and The Berry & Rye.

Le Bouillon’s Ice Bucket Challenge:

Owner Chef Paul Kulik of Le Bouillon challenges Owner Charlie Yin of Hiro 88 and Chef Clayton Chapman of The Grey Plume.

Hiro 88’s Ice Bucket Challenge:

Owner Charlie Yin of Hiro 88 and Pana 88 accepts the challenge from Owner Chef Paul Kulik of Le Bouillon.  In turn, Yin challenges Owner Ethan Bondelid of The Berry & Rye and House of Loom, Owner Isaiah Sheese of Archetype Coffee.

Kudos to the participating local Omaha restaurants!

Note: If there are any other ALS Ice Bucket Challenges from Omaha restaurants, please comment with the link and I will update the post. Thanks!

Firehouse Subs, Part 3: Giveaway Winners!

The Firehouse Subs series concludes with an announcement of the giveaway winners!

Firehouse Subs Logo

The winners of a $10 Firehouse Subs gift cards are… Drumrolll…

  • Katie Manganaro
  • Antonio Soto
  • Gene Klosner
  • Mikie Todd
  • Sara McCarty

Winners, please email foodmeomaha@gmail.com by Monday, January 20, 2014 to claim your gift card!

Thanks to all giveaway participants. Keep feeding me your comments!

Note: Winners were selected by an online randomizer.