Marinated Mushrooms ~ ElephantEats.com

 As you know, I just got back from a short vacation to Idaho with Nate. Sorry in advance for all the photos. Hopefully you’ll enjoy them. Recipe for these lovely mushrooms are at the bottom.

We stayed at Nate’s dad’s cute little log cabin. Well, it’s not so little. It also isn’t at all rustic. It has all the amenities of a typical house, complete with a beautifully updated kitchen.

Idaho Cabin ~ ElephantEats.com

The cabin is kind of in the middle of nowhere. It’s over an hour from the nearest supermarket. 

Idaho Cabin ~ ElephantEats.com

Idaho Cabin ~ ElephantEats.com

However what the area lacks in the civilization department, it more than makes up for it in the scenery. The mountains and view behind his cabin are just spectacular. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of them in all sorts of light. 

This is in his backyard with the clouds rolling in.

Idaho Mountains ~ ElephantEats.com

One morning after a light sprinkling, we even got a rainbow. I was still sleeping, so thanks to Nate for capturing this one.

 Idaho Rainbow ~ ElephantEats.com

Not a bad  view to have while eating dinner. We used the grill out on his patio the first night for some tasty salmon and veggie kabobs.

Idaho Mountains ~ ElephantEats.com

While there we tried to spend time outdoors, obviously. The cabin is surrounded by camp sites and hiking trails. 

 4th of July Hike, Idaho ~ ElephantEats.com

One day we did a 3 hour hike up to a couple pretty lakes.

4th of July Hike, Idaho ~ ElephantEats.com

The area has had numerous wildfires over the years and you can see the devastation everywhere. Here were some burnt, dead trees along the hike. In this area the grass has mainly grown back. Some areas definitely look much much worse.

4th of July Hike, Idaho ~ ElephantEats.com

Despite the fact that many trees have burned down, there’s an abundance of little baby pine trees starting to grow. I think they were my favorite part of the whole trip. This one happens to be right in his dad’s yard.

Baby tree, Idaho  ~ Elephant Eats.com

There were a few areas that were so close we didn’t even have to hike. This was a short drive away and then just a walk to this little creek. There were lots of salmon in it! Apparently you can see them spawning at the right time of year.

Idaho ~ ElephantEats.com

Another view of the backyard, just because.

Idaho Mountains ~ ElephantEats.com

And just some more photos…

Walk in meadow, Idaho ~ ElephantEats.com

Idaho ~ ElephantEats.com

Ok, my final mountain shot, I promise. This was during sunset on our final evening there.

Idaho Mountain~ ElephantEats.com

Now back to the recipe. I made these mushrooms as part of Nate’s bday dinner party meal. They’re absolutely delicious but chock full of garlic. If you’re planning on doing some smooching, don’t make these. Unless the other member of your party eats them too…isn’t that the rule?

Marinated Mushrooms ~ ElephantEats.com

They’re really simple to make- a quick boil of the mushrooms, mix up a tasty marinade, and then let them do their thing for a while, or overnight. You’re left with a tangy, flavorful side dish that goes great with just about anything.

 

Marinated Mushrooms
Serves 4
A zesty, flavorful side dish
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound fresh cremini mushrooms
  2. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  4. 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  5. 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  6. 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano
  7. 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
  8. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon crushed pepper
  10. 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds (or a pinch of dried coriander powder)
Instructions
  1. Clean mushrooms and remove stems. Simmer mushroom caps in salted water for 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. .
  2. While mushrooms are cooking, mix olive oil, vinegar, garlic, red onion, oregano, parsley, salt, peppercorns and coriander in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  3. When mushrooms finish cooking, drain and add to marinade. Toss well.
  4. Marinate in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.
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50 Comments

  1. Gorgeous!!! That is so beautiful! It looks like you guys had a great time!

  2. Love the first shot – the texture and the roundness of these beautiful marinated mushrooms. Nate’s dad’s little cabin looks so cute on the field, especially the wall of logs (I’ve seen that in a Australian design show…apparently one of the couples won the prize for that). Gorgeous photos!

    • Aw, thank you, Rika! A wall of logs? You mean like a wall that was made out of logs or just decor? You should have seen all the walls/stacks of logs out there since the winters get so cold…

  3. The cabin is adorable and those views are insane! What a gorgeous getaway.

  4. it’s so beautiful there! Tim and i stayed in a log cabin once years ago, in the Smoky Mountains, and it was gorgeous, but more populated (like closer to town and there were other cabins around) than here. This looks incredible…what a nice break.
    AND you give me a marinated mushroom recipe, which is one of my favorite foods ever, especially in the fall and winter. you’re wonderful.

  5. I now have an intense desire to go to Idaho (and I’m pretty sure that is something I never thought I’d say!). It looks so incredibly gorgeous there.

    Looks like you had a great vacation!

  6. That cabin is beautiful, and the scenery makes me sigh! Gorgeous!

    I love these mushrooms, and I really love the addition of coriander seeds!

  7. Your vacay looks super relaxing and amazing! So jealous! And the mushrooms look great too! For some reason when I eat garlic, it sticks with me for DAYS! Too bad for the BF that I LOVE GARLIC! hahaha <3

  8. Gorgeous! And by gorgeous…of course I mean the mushrooms. ;)

  9. You are beautiful. The mountains are beautiful. And these mushrooms look delicious. I always get so excited when I see a new post from you. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Sounds like you had a great trip. Love the cabin, which by the way was beautifully built! Glad you’re back Amy and your marinated mushrooms look delicious! I love mushrooms so I know I’ll dig this. Have a great week!

    • Yes, the cabin is gorgeous. It was built before my father-in-law moved in and had already had a (seamless) addition put on. I knew you’d love this, my fellow mushroom lover ;)

  11. Looks so peaceful, Amy! Must be nice to get away like that. Thanks for sharing the vacation pics and for the yummy-looking marinated mushrooms as bonus! : )

  12. Holy moly, that last shot of the mountains is incredible! Look like it could be a painting. What a peaceful getaway–glad you guys had a good time. Those marinated mushrooms sound delicious!

  13. Such a simple yet perfectly delicious recipe! Also that rainbow pictures cannot be real! When do I get my invite for your next vacation??

  14. I love marinated mushrooms and you’ve added so much flavor to them! My brother lives in a cabin in the middle of nowhere in Montana. He loves being as far away from civilization as possible. I’d go stir crazy after a week!

  15. It certainly looks like you must have enjoyed the most relaxing time. I love the look of the cabin and that sure is a lot of firewood. The marinated mushrooms look delicious and I can think of a lot of ways to use them xx

    • We did, thanks so much Charlie! In the winter it gets frigid there- most of the town is closed actually- so you really need that firewood if you decided to stay!

  16. Marinated mushrooms are my life. For reals! Loving this recipe :)

  17. Wow, wow, wow. That is just beautiful. What a complete change from NYC! :) Thanks for sharing the pictures. Now I need to go there.

    I’ve never had marinated mushrooms but they look so good and so easy! I’ll have to try this.

    • Seriously, it’s like as far from NYC as you could go, both in the landscape and the amount of people! You’re totally close enough that you could visit!!!

  18. What a gorgeous retreat you had!!! And these mushrooms look incredibly addictive!

  19. Extra garlic sounds good to me!

    And the scenery from your trip looks so beautiful. It must have been so refreshing to take that break from city life!

  20. Your photos remind me of Colorado. :) I recently started eating mushrooms a couple of years ago and I’ve been obsessed since. If I can make them or order them on anything I take the opportunity. Theses sound YUMMY!
    http://www.prettybitchescancooktoo.com

    • It does look a lot like Colorado!…but Colorado is definitely more green. I’m obsessed with mushrooms too :) That’s so funny you only recently started eating them. You gotta make up for lost time ;) So glad you stopped by, Tamara!

  21. Wow, gorgeous pictures! What a peaceful view and a great place to be for vacation. :) These marinated mushrooms sounds refreshing too.

  22. Omg !!!! what views!!!! This sounds like such an amazing vacation! That picture of the rainbow, the backyard, the clouds, the sunset, omg just everything! Its soooo GORGEOUS! and marinated mushrooms!!! I love mushrooms but not once has the thought of marinating them crossed my mind! I love this recipe and I cannnnot wait to try it! Loved it! :)

  23. Amy, I enjoy reading all of your posts but this is one of my favorites. The photos are so evocative — the mountains, air and sheer vastness and beauty of the surroundings. I’ve never been to Idaho (so many places left to explore in America) and those logs are making me long for a wood burning fire; nothing like that smell… I can’t imagine a more enjoyable activity than hiking in that environment (well, except maybe enjoying all of your delicious food — that first photo of your shrooms is gorgeous — you do fungi proud ;-)).

    • Wow, this is your favorite post? I’m so glad you like the photos. It really is so so beautiful out there. You and your family should totally visit…you’re SO close now! I know what you mean about the smell of a wood burning fire :) Mmmm, reminds me of a crisp, cool day. Can’t wait to smell it for the first time this year.

  24. I could of looked at twice as many photos of mountains! The scenery is stunning, we have nothing like that down under. Looks like you had a great trip away; hiking and eating. I enjoy being out of civilization makes you feel like the world is such a large place. The mushroom recipe looks great too.

    • Hehe, after reading your comment I want to go back and look at my photos again :) I really need to visit Australia…you may not have mountain view like this, but you sure have other gorgeous scenery! Thanks, Lizzie :)

  25. MUSHROOMS ARE MY NUMBA ONE FOOD FO LIFE! That said, I’ve never had a marinated mushroom that I’ve loved. I think the garlic in this recipe might just be the ticket!

    Love all your scenic shots, and descriptions of the laidback rustic life in Idaho. It amazes me how lucky a tree has to be to get a chance at life out there, due to the dry climate / lack of rainfall. We have trees coming out of our yin yang out here, while the West is a completely different story. Ah, I love it all!

  26. Ah could I think of a more alluring alliteration?? Mountains and marinated mushrooms… M’s don’t get better than that. Honestly, what a beautiful environment to be in and cook in. This post is making me itch for a day trip out of the city!

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