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Farmers’ Market Recipe: Lion’s Mane “Crab” Cakes

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Seasonal recipes inspired by fresh ingredients found at the Covington Farmers’ Market, by Chelsea Cochrane

Who doesn’t love crab cakes? Well for starters, people who don’t eat crab. But that doesn’t mean that you want to miss out on the delectable flavor experience that has made this dish a southern staple. In comes lion’s mane mushrooms to save the day!

What is Lion’s Mane?

The lion’s mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) is an edible gourmet mushroom known for both its tastiness and medicinal benefits. Their flavor and texture is very similar to crab or lobster meat, especially when hand-torn and fried. The mushroom is named for its long, shaggy spines, resembling a mane. They are fairly common throughout the northern hemisphere, found here in wintertime growing on hardwood (usually dead or sick) trees. Most studies link lion’s mane to its memory protecting traits and over-all brain boosting benefits. Here’s a wonderfully informative video from world-renowned mycologist Paul Stamets on lion’s mane mushrooms and their medicinal uses:

This recipe was adapted very slightly from the one found at I highly recommend checking out their article, which goes into detail about the lion’s mane mushrooms, including how to cultivate them at home and forage for them out in the wild. Incredibly educational!

Lion’s mane is available at the Covington Farmers’ Market, locally grown year-round from Screaming Oaks Mushroom Farm. The mushroom we used was wild-harvested, a gift from our friends at Soul’s Journey here in Covington. In addition to providing amazing massage and bodywork, Soul’s Journey has a full line of medicinal tinctures, essential oils and more. Herbalist Sammy Plaisance prepares many of these with locally-sourced ingredients. Follow them on Facebook:

This recipe isn’t just for those wanting to avoid crab meat! It’s truly delicious, and a great way to use your lion’s mane mushrooms. Or to sneak them onto any picky eaters’ plate. ūüėČ

Lion’s Mane “Crab” Cakes

(with a quick sauce recipe)


  • 1 lb lion’s mane mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup minced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup minced red bell pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large eggs or duck eggs, beaten
  • 3 Tbs minced fresh parsley
  • 3 Tbs minced green onion
  • 2 Tbs minced fresh basil
  • 2 Tbs butter, melted (additional butter needed for frying)
  • 2-3 tsp sea salt (plus some to sprinkle after frying)
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1-2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1-2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3/4 to 1 cup bread crumbs or panko


  • For the lion’s mane: you may need to brush off some dirt. This is better done with a brush, if possible, rather than water to not water-log the mushroom. If you must rinse, rinse quickly and do not soak – mushrooms are like sponges!
  • You can dice up the mushroom, but it’s much better for the texture to tear it. Start from its toothy ends and pull small 1/4 inch thick strips down to the base. You can chop lightly if your pieces are too big to manage.
  • Heat a large skillet to medium with just a little butter and add the mushrooms. You are just trying to cook out any additional moisture here, so keep it low and uncovered, stirring occasionally. Cook until all extra moisture has evaporated, being careful not to scorch them. Time here varies depending on how wet your mushrooms are, but don’t skip it! This step is essential to the patty-making process – wet mushrooms make crumbly cakes!
  • Once your mushrooms are done, remove from the skillet and let cool.
  • In a large bowl whisk your eggs, butter, herbs and spices. Add the onions, pepper, garlic, cooled mushrooms and bread crumbs and mix well. Mash together until everything has absorbed and mix is patty-able. More crumbs may be needed for wetter mixes, but be careful not to add too much, or you’re back to crumbling cakes. Let the mix sit for 5-10 minutes to fully come together.
  • Pre-patty cakes into about 3 inch wide, 1/2 inch thick patties before frying. You can dust them lightly with flour to make them easier to handle. Mix should make about 4 – 6 cakes.
  • I just wiped out the same large skillet to fry with. If you do this, be careful not to leave any debris that will burn up in the pan. Heat to medium-high and melt 2 Tbs butter. Once the skillet is hot, arrange patties carefully, allowing for 1 inch spacing.
  • Cook for 5-8 minutes, or until bottoms are golden brown. Flip and cook the other side. Once the cakes are browned on both sides, remove and sprinkle with a little extra sea salt. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Secret’s in the Sauce

I’ll share a secret with you – delicious sauce is in your fridge, and all you need is a whisk and a bowl!

As many local sushi restaurants can attest, I am a fan of all the sauces. And we all know you can’t have crab cakes without it. But before you go filling up the back of your fridge with a sauce for every occasion, let me fill you in – most sauces are super easy to whip up at home. Not only is it usually a fraction of the cost, but you can personalize it and make it your own! Try out this homemade garlic aioli recipe from Tyrant Farms, the same folks that inspired this crab cakes recipe. Or you can just use some of your favorite brand mayo.

Whisk & Drizzle Crab Cake Sauce

  • 3 Tbs aioli or mayo
  • 3-5 tsp hot sauce (I used our homemade hot sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • sprinkle of paprika

Whisk thoroughly for an even blend!

Make ahead to cool before serving. You can double the batch for more sauce. We’ve never had any left over, but I’d image it would keep well in the fridge. This sauce isn’t just for crab cakes – you could use it for fries, zucchini fritters and more – the possibilities are endless!

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Our Place Studio Holiday Specials

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4) Buy 3 Aerial Yoga classes, get a 4th class for free/ $66*
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5) Build Your Own Gift Certificate: want to mix things up a bit? Drop in and see us – we’ll give you a discount when you purchase three or more trainings/classes/bodywork services. Call us to schedule: 985-875-1182

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Enjoy Mother’s Day with Mom at Our Place Studio

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IMG_5132 (2)Our Place Studio put together a Mother’s Day package for two that includes a thirty minute massage for both, a thirty minute private Aerial Yoga class or private Pilates class, bubbly and bon bons.¬† You’ll both receive a goodie bag with a beautiful, handmade bracelet by local artist Sara Craig of Metal & Earth Designs, an uplifting Our Place Aromatherapy spritzer, plus special treats from Shop Soul Boutique, North Shore Belly Dance and Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe.
The Mother’s Day Special takes place at Our Place Studio, 338 N. Vermont Street on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 12 noon ‚Äď 4:30 p.m.¬† Reservations are required as space is limited.¬† Call 985-875-1182 to hold your place.¬† Learn more about Our Place¬†at



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Our Place Studio Hosts Belly Dance Student Showcase to Benefit James Store House

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This Saturday, April 2, 2016, from¬†6:30-8:30 pm, join¬†Our Place Studio¬†for the North Shore Belly Dance student showcase, featuring troupe performances, as well as special guest performances by Kryss Stathos of Crescent Lotus Dance Studio & Lyndory Dyson from Tribal Happenings, a special jazz vocal performance by Kristen Mayfield, Aerial Yoga demo by Liz Bragdon, Comedienne, Iina Ester, local arts & crafts vendors, including J. DEVUN ART & Soul’s Journey herbal, massage & bodywork, and a fantastic raffle, too…all benefitting James Storehouse Louisiana!¬†¬† Visit

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Our Place Studio Welcomes Nicole Solano, LMT

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Our Place Studio is happy to announce the addition of massage therapist Nicole Solano LMT, a 2009 graduate of Delta College School of Massage Therapy.¬† Nicole began her practice as Soul’s Journey, now located at Our Place Studio, and she offers massage, therapeutic touch, postural correction, myoskeletal alignment, myofascial cupping and pre and post- natal body work.

Our Place Studio is a full range fitness studio offering classes, group training, one-on-one, traditional yoga, aerial yoga, massage, body detoxification and more.  Our Place Studio is located at 338 N. Vermont Street.

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Give The Gift Of Health This Holiday Season With Our Place Studio

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Our Place HolidaysOur Place Studio, located in downtown Covington, is offering some special holiday packages this year!¬† For Her, wrap up this package of a 30 minute private pilates session, 30 minute massage and a Torf Healing Mud Organic Body Wrap, all for $160 (originally $185).¬† For Him, try a 30 minute private pilates session, 30 minute massage and an Organic Foot Scrub & Reflexology Treatment, originally $115, for $100!¬† Or give the gift that keeps on giving with the Massage Gift Pack – three 60-minute massage sessions for $150 (regular $195).¬† If that still doesn’t tickle your fancy, Our Place is also offering A La Carte Healthy Holiday Gifts, such as a One Month Intro Membership With Unlimited Small Group Training for $65 (regular $75), a 90-Minute Nutritional Consultation With Personalized Plan for $125 (regular $150) or a Torf Healing Mud Organic Body Wrap (90-minute treatment) for $95 (regular $115).¬† Find out more about these great holiday specials by calling Our Place Studio at 985-875-1182 or stopping by at 338 N. Vermont Street.¬† Learn more about Our Place by visiting

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Girls Night Out At Our Place Studio – Kick Your Feet Up And Enjoy A Night Out With The Girls

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Girls Night Out at Our Place StudioGirls Night Out! – what girl doesn’t need one? Join Our Place Studio this Friday, November 22, 7-9 pm, for 2 hours of good old-fashioned girl-time fun, including spa services, trunk show, belly dancing, food & drink prepared by local brewers & chefs, a chick flick, and four fantastic door prizes! You’ll shimmy & shake with Pandorium Belly Dance Company, enjoy a fab trunk show a la bohemian-gypsy jewels with Shop Soul Boutique & Zingara Jewels, bliss out with your choice of a mini-mani or mini-massage, and liven up your life with sparkly living beverages from Kombucha Girl and delicious raw foods from Nourished by Nanette. Door Prizes include one-month of membership to Our Place Studio, along with an organic foot scrub & reflexology session, a one hour private belly dance class from Pandorium, a $25 gift certificate from Shop Soul Boutique, and a sample of delicious, health-full beverages from Kombucha Girl. And everyone who attends receives a gift certificate for $10 off a massage from Our Place. Come play with us! Local Fun Rocks!!!

Call 875-1182 or come by to make your reservation, please, as space is limited – cost is $55 per person. Drop-ins are welcome Friday night, but availability cannot be guaranteed. Our Place Studio is located at 338 N. Vermont St in downtown Covington.

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Opalescense Day Spa, A Fond Farewell

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Opal Escense Day Spa RetailOpalescense Day Spa will be closing at the end of September. Sandra Thornhill, NP-C, thanks their loyal clients, and will continue to post¬† her articles here and¬†on the Facebook page, “Opal Escense Skin by Sandy Thornhill”. Sandra says she will focus on her position and profession as a Nurse Practitioner in Dermatology at the Benson Dermatology Clinic in Covington.

Opalescense Day Spa offers facials, microdermabrasion treatments and massages. They ask that if you have outstanding gift cards please call to book your service now. They are also offering discounted prices on merchandise such as clothing, purses, flip flops and jewelry. An evening wine and shopping event is being planned to say farewells.

Opalescense Day Spa is located at 123 Terra Bella Blvd., in the Terra Bella Subdivision off of Hwy 1085.                                       (985) 612-7245

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Covington Massage & Wellness Centre GRAND OPENING!

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20130219_141803Covington Massage & Wellness Center logoFormed by Marie Humphries of Therapeutic Touch Massage, Kelly McGee of Northshore Chair Massage and Melissa Pearson of Master of Massage, Covington Massage & Wellness Centre offers a variety of massage services. They will be celebrating their grand opening this Saturday with live music, refreshments and door prizes. Future plans for this centre include esthetics, yoga, fitness and meditation classes, as well as a wellness lending library.

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Opalescense Day Spa & Skin Education Center

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by owner Sandy Thornhill, FNP-C

opal_lotus_logo edOpalescense Day Spa offers a unique experience where the music, scents and the art of touch therapy are combined to yield a relaxed, soothing and uplifting experience. The facials are developed to encompass all of these elements and are designed based on the needs of your skin. After an initial skin assessment is performed, products are chosen to improve, enhance and brighten your skin. Erin Corcoran, our Master Esthetician and Certified Educator, is very knowledgeable regarding the anatomy of the skin, skin conditions and products. She selects products which are safe and effective to use on specific skin types.

Massages are available including Swedish, deep tissue, pregnancy massage as well as upper body chair massages. Our Master Massage Therapist, Marletta, will perform an appropriate, safe and therapeutic massage while focusing on specific trigger points. She offers suggestions to assist the client in managing specific health issues. As the owner of Opalescense and an experienced Nurse Practitioner in Dermatology, I work diligently to ensure that the client is treated in a holistic manner. The products which I have chosen are safe and healthy for the skin. In my daily practice, I treat a variety of skin conditions in all age groups and populations. It is important for the client, along with the professional, to devise goals and develop a treatment plan to attain these goals. I want the client to understand why a specific facial is recommended as well as the benefits of using a specific product. As a team, we advocate a holistic approach to enhance mind, body and soul. Education is a major focus.

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