Since so many health experts have credited shiitake mushrooms with immune strengthening abilities, I wanted to include them in an easy to prepare dish. I also selected fresh thyme and oregano for their purported anti-viral properties; they also add a fresh and unique flavor to this recipe.
Before sharing this recipe, I should probably digress a little and share that I have not always been fond of mushrooms. Raised in Germany, our family was not particularly familiar with mushrooms and certainly never collected any ourselves. To my knowledge, no one that I knew was very familiar with the types of mushrooms that would be safe to eat. During those days, mushrooms were not easily found in grocery stores. Mushrooms always seemed to have an air of danger attached to them. Probably too many images of toadstools in fairy tales. A distant aunt apparently knew quite a bit about how to forage safely, but sadly, I never had an opportunity to go along on one of her forest walks. If I went out foraging today, I would seek out someone who is far more familiar with the varying types of fungi growing in the forests than I am. (more…)