I wish I had photos of the delicious food that was served at our reunion. (All of the women in my family love cooking as much as I do. There was great food and lots of it.) Instead I'm posting a recipe for a side dish that would be good at a pot luck meal or just served at home. I didn't change this spinach sauté at all from the original recipe and it was perfect exactly the way it was. Just like my family.
Sauteed Shiitakes, Spinach and Green Onions
(from Fast, Fresh and Green by Suzie Middleton)
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
3 1/2 ounces (100 grams) shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps thinly sliced
1/3 cup green onions (scallions)
4 cups lightly packed stemmed fresh spinach leaves, washed and lightly dried
1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 tsp sesame oil
In a medium nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add the shiitakes and green onions and season with the salt. Toss and stir to coat with the butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shiitakes are shrunken and very lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. (Don’t brown too much, as shiitakes tend to toughen.)
Add the spinach and the soy sauce and stir until all of the spinach is wilted, and it’s well-combined with the mushrooms, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat, drizzle the sesame oil over the vegetables, stir and serve.