Feast Your Eyes on This Virtual Potluck

Sarah MickeyAll Recipes, General 53 Comments

We partnered with Virtual Potluck, a group of delicious bloggers, by giving them some of our products and letting them unleash their creative genius. We sent a mix of dried chilies, dried mushrooms, vanilla beans and risotto rice…they came up with some really great recipes, just in time for the holiday weekend!

Make sure you check out all of the delicious recipes they created below:

Cookistry – Tres Flores Cocktail

Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine – Arancini Stuffed with Spicy Exotic Mushroom Ragu

Bite and Booze – Chili Oil Seared Turkey Thighs with Brandy Wine Black Trumpet Cream Sauce

Diabetic Foodie – Spicy Mushroom Swirls

Not Rachel Ray – Cranberry Vanilla Rice Pudding

Thyme in Our Kitchen – Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Spicy Caramel Apple Sauce & Crème Anglaise

Miss in the Kitchen – Shrimp Roll

Foodie – Herbed Risotto with Spicy Mushroom Gravy

30A Eats – Black Trumpet Mushroom Risotto

Farmgirl Gourmet – Arborio Veggie Burger with Spicy Vanilla Bean BBQ Sauce

Cooking with Books – Spicy Polenta and Mushroom Ragu

The Groovy Foody – Spicy Vanilla Mushroom Risotto

Working with the bloggers in this group was a lot of fun, so we surprised one of them with another special ingredient to play with, just for fun! We heard your thoughts and considered all of the recipes, and Farmgirl Gourmet was the lucky recipient! We sent a bottle of Amarena Cherry Mosto Cotto for her to experiment with and of course, the results were delicious.

We hope you enjoyed this virtual feast!

Comments 53

  1. The FOOD HUNTER’S GUIDE TO CUISINE’s Arancini Stuffed with Spicy Exotic Mushroom Ragu is awesome!! I’m her fan fo eva!!!

  2. Thank you so much for working with us in Virtual Potluck, and for the SoMe support! I have enjoyed the exotic ingredients tremendously, and adore your website. We had such fun coming up with all of the delicious recipes to bring to the Marx Foods Thanksgiving, and I do hope we can work together again in the future. Maybe Trufflepalooza? 🙂

  3. Thanx for the love, Marx Foods! It has been a lot of fun working with you and your ingredients were a pleasure to cook with. Now I gotta go call my mom and ask her to vote for me 😉

  4. I think all the potluck bloggers did a wonderful job! They made it a very hard choice but I am going to go with Miss In The Kitchen’s Shrimp Roll. Looks like a winner!

  5. The Food Hunter’s Arancini stuffed with mushroom ragu is terrific! It’s a challenge to make — Food Hunter should get extra points for that — but once I figured it out the result was well worth it!

  6. I’m loving the the “Spicy Mushroom Swirls”! Great job with all the extra tips and description. Now I’m craving mushrooms!

  7. My husband has never been a fan of mushrooms, but I am. I tried to make The Foodhunters Guide, Arancini stuffed with mushroom sauce, and I was able to win him over. Delicous!

  8. Great to have everyone here around our digital Thanksgiving table 😉 So, I am hearing lots of favorite recipes … but noone is telling me WHY? Twist my arm, pleez…

    So far, Brandi has me leaning towards the food hunter…

  9. My favorite recipe is the Arancini Stuffed with Exotic Mushroom Ragu. It’s delicious! I am a huge fan of the Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine. There are so many great recipes to make!

  10. The Food Hunter’s Arancini Stuffed balls are awesome. I love reading the Food Hunter’s blog to see what she is whipping up. Always make me hungry.

  11. As an Italian, when I saw the Food Hunters recipe for Arancini Stuffed with Exotic Mushroom Ragu I knew I had to try it. It has all my favorite foods, rice, mushrooms, Pecorino, and Fresh Mozzarella. As I was preparing it, the delicious smells brought back childhood memories of Nana cooking in the kitchen and when it was done – I couldn’t wait to dive in and start devouring. The blend of textures were having a party in my mouth – so unbelievably delicious. Try this recipe, you will not be disappointed.

  12. The Arancini Stuffed with Spicy Exotic Mushroom Ragu is amazing. The creativity put into the recipe also deserves much credit!

  13. Should definitely send some more goodies to my fiancé of Cooking with Books! I can personally vouch that the polenta and mushroom ragu had great favors!

  14. What a fun crew you have Justin. It’s been a great pleasure teaming up with you and your products. I think the veggie burger with spicy vanilla BBQ sauce was great because it was so imaginative and used all ingredients. Oh wait, I can’t vote for myself. 🙂 thanks for partnering with Virtual Potluck!! (vote for the burger peeps)


  15. I LOVE the veggie burgers from far girl gourmet. They were amazing!!!! The best I ever had. Send her more stuff so I can try her next recipe. Two thumbs up for the veggie burgers!!!

  16. My vote is for the Groovy Foody’s Spicy Vanilla Mushroom Risotto. I have to admit, I am the Groovy Foody’s husband and as such I actually got to feast on this sensual and delectable dish. Hats off to Vanessa for not only making all those ingredients work together on the fly, but for creating a risotto I’ll be asking for again and again. A great fall dish, if you want to mix things up for Thanksgiving dinner it has a great autumnal aroma and flavor.

  17. Farmgirl Gourmet’s Arborio Veggie Burger is excellant. The Spicy Vanilla Bean BBQ Sauce put it over the top. It’s my favorite.

  18. I love the recipe Farmgirl Gourmet posted for Arborio Veggie Burger with Spicy Vanilla Bean BBQ Sauce. I am a vegetarian and always on the lookout for new and exciting recipes I can fit into my everyday cooking. This one sure does look enticing! Please count my vote for Farmgirl Gourmet.

  19. Loving the duo of risotto’s that 30A EATS made, and the write-up. Great idea with the crawfish.Definitely a winner!

  20. The Groovy Foody – Spicy Vanilla Mushroom Risotto

    I can see how the vanilla (while at first seemed like a shocking idea) would lend a subtle depth and create a lovely marriage between the pepper heat and the mushroom with the stabilizing starch of the rice. But now, what wine would you serve with that? Gewurztraminer?

  21. Karen RE: the Spicy Vanilla Mushroom Risotto– I like the fact that you could go red or white with this risotto depending on your mood or the other dishes being served with it.

    If you wanted to play up the vanilla in the dish, you could choose a Chardonnay (but since I am not a fan of the Chardonnay) I would choose a California Pinot Grigio (Oregon PG is fruitier while Cali’s has more of a pepper bite and there are some vanilla tones in PG as well.)You can’t go wrong with the Pinto Grigio if you serve this dish with shellfish, chicken or fish.

    Though Gewurztraminer technically pairs well with spicy flavors, I find that it pairs best with more of those Asiatic spice varieties and in places where it’s complementary sweetness and bright fruity tones would be more well-suited.)

    For a red, I would choose a Sangiovese, especially if I was serving this risotto with beef. And the bonus is — if you’re serving this risotto on it’s own, as a traditional primi or even as your main course on it’s own, you could choose red or white. Honestly, though, I say drink what you like and since this risotto is long on depth and earthy flavors — there is a lot of variety to be had and loads of room to play!

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