I work as a personal chef and housekeeper, and sometimes one of my clients' friends will drop off organic produce from his family farm.
This week, I've got about a pound of shitake mushrooms, and a pound and a half or so of crimini mushrooms. Also a ton of strawberries, but I've already got plenty of ideas for those =).
I know what to cook for myself with the mushrooms, but I need to use about half of them for my client (he lives alone, and lets me keep some of the spoils! Very cool). He's not what I'd call a picky eater, but his tastes lean very strongly in the direction of classic American food. Think meat and potatoes, chili, turkey with stuffing . . .
Can anybody think of some uses for mushrooms in traditional American cooking applications? The first thing that came to mind was stroganoff, but then I remembered that he doesn't really like things in creamy sauces.