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Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

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I worked for a woman named Marilyn Lewis in 1980. I only met her in person once, but she made a lifelong impression on me.

Marilyn and her husband Harry lived in LA. He was an actor. Actors are not always working constantly and some fall on harder times. Harry knew that and had experienced that himself.

Besides acting, Harry dreamed of opening a restaurant; one that could cater to people who didn’t have a ton of money for dining. Marilyn took on that dream, became an entrepreneur, and started a restaurant that became a successful chain. It was called Hamburger Hamlet. I worked for the Hamburger Hamlet as a manager in the Chicago location. I was practically a youngster, but they hired me anyway.

Out in California, Hamburger Hamlet started small and grew into a chain that folks in the 80’s referred to as a “nice Denny’s sort of place.” There were locations all over California by the time I came to know Hamburger Hamlet in Chicago.

But Hamburger Hamlet in Chicago was no Denny’s. It was a fancy burger place...

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Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

My husband found a recipe in the newspaper that he thought sounded good. He asked if I could make it. Valentine’s Day was coming so I tossed out the idea that he make it as a romantic little gesture. He agreed.

I read the recipe and didn’t think it was going to taste all that good. I decided I’d put my signature on it and make it myself in the hopes that I could add it to the collection. No credit to me, but when it was done it was delicious! I hardly changed a thing! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. We even ate it as a light entrée and didn’t need anything else to round out the meal. A salad might be a good idea. An easy Caesar perhaps.

Servings: Serves 3 – 4 as an entrée or more using small mushrooms as an appetizer.

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