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Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

Char Nolan - Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

This event was on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern

Join Chef Char Nolan in her virtual office as she welcomes all of your questions. This event was created for you and we encourage you to ask anything – from cooking techniques to cou… Read More.



I want to experiment with different types of mushrooms. What are some of your favorites? Any variety in taste or texture?

— Paul Delva


I live about 20 minutes from the mushroom capital of the world, and I am frequently in Kenneth Square, Pennsylvania, where I am always experimenting with new and delicious, uh, mushrooms. So I like, um, you know, I love a portobello. I mean, what, what can you say about a portobello? I like to take the gills out. I like to marinate it, I like to barbecue it. Um, I enjoy, uh, an oyster mushroom, um, because they are really good to great again on a box grader. If you wanted to make a pulled, uh, kind of barbecue dish. They work beautifully. Um, you know, I love Cremini, which are also called Baby Bellas. Uh, they have two different names. Uh, if you ever have the opportunity Paul to come to Pennsylvania, I'd definitely say to go visit a mushroom farm. Um, it's fascinating and, you know, mushrooms are so good for you. There's a mushroom company called Phillips Mushroom Company, and, uh, it is one of the few women owned, uh, mushroom companies, uh, from the Phillips family who have been around since the 18 hundreds. Um, just an interesting story, because I recently did an article about, um, mushrooms and, uh, mushroom farms were originally founded by the Quakers who have a very industrious work ethic. Uh, that's why Quaker Oats is called Quaker Oats. It's not Quaker, but they appreciated the work ethic of the, uh, Quakers. Uh, so as time came to be when immigrants from Italy started to come and work in the farms, um, the Quakers noticed the work ethic of the Italians who came and they gave them parcels of land to start their own mushroom companies. So when you drive through Chester County, Pennsylvania, there are many Italian owned, uh, mushroom companies that are, have roots to quake and the development of farmland in Pennsylvania. But I like all kinds of mushrooms. I love shiitake, always remember to take off that stem because it's very fibrous and, uh, it, to me it has a little bitterness to it. So, uh, just always remember that.
Char Nolan

Char Nolan

Chef Instructor