Holiday insanity is upon us in full force this week - kids are out of school, baking and menu planning are underway and shopping malls are a zoo.  We hope you get a few moments to yourself with a cup of tea and a chance to breathe.

But for now, on to the news.  And first things first - we have some prizes to announce!

Mushroom Mania Contest Winners!

Our first ever FBC recipe contest was so much fun!  Some great recipes were submitted and we had some great ideas for you to add to your holiday party menus.  And finally, we have our Mushroom Mania contest winners!

Drumroll please...

3rd Place

Winning a $50 gift card to the store of their choice is Renee of Sweet Sugar Bean with her Sausage & Asiago Stuffed Mushrooms with Balsamic Glaze

Sausage and Asiago stuffed mushrooms with balsamic glaze

2nd Place

Winning a $100 gift card to the store of her choice is Louisa of Living Lou with her Cranberry Stuffed Mushrooms


1st Place

Winning a $150 gift card to the store of their choice is Michelle of Food, Football and a Baby with her Indian Spiced Mushroom Puff Pastry Braid with Plum Chutney

Congrats ladies - Brittany said it was a VERY close race!  Could all winners please email Brittany at brittanystager (at) mushrooms (dot) ca, with your Gift Card Choice and your mailing address.

As a little holiday gift to all participants, your entries have automatically been added to the recipe library - you can see the links below:

Indian Spiced Mushroom Puff Pastry Braid with Plum Chutney (Food, Football and a Baby)
Cranberry Stuffed Mushrooms (Living Lou)
Sausage & Asiago Stuffed Mushrooms with Balsamic Glaze (Sweet Sugar Bean)
Italian Stuffed Mushrooms with Goat Cheese (Once upon a Cutting Board)
Lightly Spiced Mushrooms in Savoury Brioche Rolls (Food, Football and a Baby)
Marinated Mushrooms (Mairlyn Smith)
Mushroom Soup: Porcini with Chestnuts and Truffle Oil (A Canadian Foodie)
Mushroom Tourtiere (Liking Pineapples)
Creamy Mushroom Tart (Mmm is for Mommy)

RELATED:  The Weekly News - February 6th

And if you didn't win this time, never fear - we have a lot of fun contests coming up in 2012. Watch this space!

Spilling the Beans

Last week we published our Holiday Gift Guide and included cookbooks that some of our members had recently had published.  Thanks to Valerie from A Canadian Foodie, we found out we missed a great one -  Spilling the Beans by Julie Van Rosendaal from Dinner With Julie.  Julie has a few cookbooks under her belt but this is her newest one, written with Sue Duncan, and was just released this October.  Give it a look!

And just a reminder to all of you, we try to keep up with everything you all do but please, if you have a book coming out, or are teaching a class or have another milestone achievement happening, let us know!!!  We'd love to share your accomplishments with the rest of our members.

New Members

And here are our newest members for this week!

And two new Canadians blogging outside of Canada:


That's it for this week's news.  We hope you all have a great week!

As always,

Melissa, Mardi & Ethan

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Great contest! I had a lot of fun writing this post. Congratulations to Louisa and Michelle – your recipes look amazing!


Thank you so much for choosing my entry! I can’t believe I won the first place… I had tons of fun doing this recipe and post. Thanks so much for this opportunity FBC and Mushrooms Canada and congratulations to Louisa and Renee.


Somehow I missed this – wonderful news. Bravo, Michelle – looks YUMMY! This might be a great dish to teach in an upcoming cooking class.
Great update, FBC folks!
Happy New Year! You are doing an AMAZING job!

marie, the EpicureanPiranha

I agree with Carole above, great contest and all the resipes look and sound delicious! Congratulations to all who participated and to the winner, Bravo!

I’ll make a point of stopping by regularly now that I’m a member of FBC – thank you Melissa, Mardi & Etan 🙂

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