Monday, April 2, 2012

Mushroom Steak Hoagies

I think I have mentioned here on this blog that I am famous for going through ‘phases’ of sorts. My poor hubby has seen me through ‘Thoroughbred Race Horse Phase’ which came as a result of reading and loving the novel Seabiscuit.  (Great book, btw) Kinda embarrassing now, but it was a thrill when I was 'into' it! 
He also saw me through a ‘Sperm Whale Phase’ which, truth be told, still exists today. That phase came about as a result of reading Moby Dick. (Another great book, btw) I actually did a huge research project for a graduate level class on the economics of the 18th Century Whaling Industry…. (Did I just catch you yawning?)
My Mt. Everest phase was a great one – an excellent lesson plan came about as a result of that bizarre phase. (Which book inspired me at that time, you might be wondering? Into Thin Air of course.) I know every detail of that distant mountain. 
Food phases come and go: Asian, Mexican, homemade pasta, black beans, soup, (that’s a great phase….), a short barley phase, and most recently – vegetarian.
I had lots and lots of meals alone during January and early February (hubby travels) and I really explored vegetarian and vegan meals; I felt great, I lost weight, I was aware of my health and body in new ways. Inspiration? Forks Over Knives (great movie). This eating style is perfect for me; I predict here publicly that I will get there one day. 
Well, phases come, phases go, and we are now in the meat phase (Can you hear my son confirming with a loud ‘YES’? I think he had had enough black beans and lentil soup to last a while.)  We entered the current phase with the following excellent recipe – inspiration? Taste of Home: Winning Recipes pg 116. Do not change a single thing. Serve these excellent sandwiches to the meat eaters in your life.

As for me, I will continue along for a few weeks eating beef (my birthday dinner recently saw me at a 5 star steak house) and I will let you know when the newest phase comes upon me…. salmon, maybe? That’d be awesome.

Here you go: straight from the cookbook: the only tweak I suggest is to take out the soft insides of the rolls and toast them. You want the bread to stand up to all that juicy goodness. Leftovers? Excellent!


  1. This looks yummy. Thanks as well for the recommendation of the movie Forks Over Knives. I've not heard of it, but it sounds like something that I would enjoy.

  2. I love beef so this sandwich is perfect for me. I loved "Seabiscuit" too! Off to check out Forks Over Knives now!

  3. I haven't heard of this movie, but I'll have to check it out. Your hoagie looks yuuummmmy!


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