In my book EMERALD, Caithren and Jason stop at a tavern for a meal and are served this delicious mushroom pie. It’s one of my family’s favorites—my daughter and I make it every Thanksgiving and often at other times, too. If you need to eat gluten free like I do, simply buy GF pie crust. Everything else in this recipe is naturally gluten free. For more historical recipes from my novels, visit the recipe page on my site at http://www.laurenroyal.com/3.0/bookshelf/recipes/. Enjoy!
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Original Historical Recipe:
Mushrooms of one night be the best and they be little and red within and closed at the top; and they must be peeled and then washed in hot water and parboled and if you wish to put them in a pasty add oil, cheese and spice powder.
—From The Goodman of Paris (Le Ménagier de Paris), written in 1393 and translated by Eileen Power
1-½ lbs. sliced button mushrooms
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-½ cups grated or shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, or a combination)
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon chopped or crushed ginger (I use the kind you buy in a jar) or dry ground ginger
¼ teaspoon pepper
9″ ready-to-bake pie crust (top crust optional)
Follow the directions on the pie crust package to pre-bake the bottom crust.
Saute the mushrooms. Drain any liquid, then place in a large bowl and add olive oil, cheese, salt, pepper, and ginger. Mix well.
Place mushroom mixture in the pie shell. Add top crust if desired, and make slits with a sharp knife.
Bake at 350° F (180° C) for 35–40 minutes, or until pastry is a golden brown.
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England and Scotland, 1667
Jason Chase, the Marquess of Cainewood, is out to bring a blackguard to justice when he crosses paths with a woeful Scottish lad. When the lad turns out to be a lovely Scottish lass, he realizes she must be the notorious bounty hunter Emerald MacCallum. Convinced they're after the same man and her very life may be in danger, Jason decides he must keep Emerald close…
In Caithren Leslie's view, there couldn't be enough distance between her and the handsome but overbearing Englishman. She's searching for her wayward brother, but Jason won't let a little thing like the truth interfere with his absurd conviction that she's living under an assumed identity. Mindful of the dangerous traveling conditions, Cait grudgingly accepts his protection. Until, that is, she begins to suspect that mistrust isn't the only emotion between them…and their mission for justice just might turn out to be a quest for love...
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