Mushroom mania

KIDS’  VOICE — Author Mary Amato contributes this recipe (also available on her website,, inspired by her new book,”Invisible Lines.” The main character, Trevor, becomes a mushroom expert to impress a science teacher at his new school.

Mushroom burgers for one

  1. First, assemble all the main ingredients: Mushrooms, olive oil, egg, breadcrumbs, and feta cheese.
  2. Preheat a toaster oven to 400° F.
  3. Chop and sauté mushrooms (one large portabella or a half-dozen small button mushrooms) in olive oil. Let them cool slightly.
  4. Meanwhile in a bowl, beat an egg and add ¼ cup of breadcrumbs and any seasonings you like.  Add the mushrooms to the egg mixture; add 2 oz of crumbled feta cheese and mix. Form this mix into two patties.
  5. Place the patties on a well-oiled baking pan. Bake them in the toaster oven for 10 minutes and then flip and bake for 7 more minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Serve with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and a splash of hot sauce.

Mushroom lady, Ferial Welsh

If you like mushrooms, or are curious to try a new variety after reading Mary Amato’s book, why not check out mushrooms displayed by Pennsylvania farmer Ferial Welsh at the Takoma Farmer’s market? Ferial says mushrooms from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania are exported all over the country. She offers a wide range of types: from the well known “button” — to the more exotic oyster and maiake mushrooms. Above, Ferial shows Paige and Paul Seibert some fun fungi. Photo by Julie Wiatt.


About the Author

Sandy Moore, the Kids' Voice columnist, writes for young readers and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Sandy is also a past contributor to Washington Parent magazine, a Board member of Lumina Studio Theatre, and resident of Silver Spring.