For a delightful breakfast or brunch surprise, serve crisp golden waffles that feature portobello mushrooms and bacon in the batter. They're topped with tangy goat cheese butter and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. (This creative recipe took first place in the Mushrooms Every Day, Every Way contest "Fun Fungi" category).—David Bridges, Shreveport, Louisiana
We live in an area with many Southern plantations, and quail are abundant. I cook this tasty dish with rich mushroom gravy often when my two boys are home. They think it makes a great meal.
-Jean Williams, Hurtsboro, Alabama
This spice mix comes from my mother's chili recipe, which is fantastic. It'll make a great gift for the hearty eaters you know, especially if you pair it with a loaf of bread. —Vivian Huizinga, Shallow Lake, Ontario