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May Bounty! May 20, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Dinner with TCR.
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In addition to the last of the fiddleheads and ramps, May brings us New Englanders our first fresh mushrooms.

And Boy, the opening act is gonna be hard to follow:

morel

White morels.  I’ve had good years with these, and years without any.  So any is good, and many is amazing!

Here are a few which are doomed, DOOMED  I say…

morels

…to be sauteed in butter and white wine, then simmered in a garlic and cream sauce with a few drops of white truffle oil:

white sauce

…and served over fresh ricotta-stuffed rigatoni:

dinner

with a modest organic side salad.

Spring is good to us Roadside Grazers!

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1. Kym - May 20, 2009

My mouth is watering!

That top photo is spectacular. Living here on the West Coast, I’ve never seen anything like it.

2. sherry - May 20, 2009

beautiful photos. what does a morel taste like?

3. beatgrl - May 20, 2009

Oh my. Looks rich and delicious. Kym, we have morels here in the Pacific NW too. You just have to get your mushroom eyes on.

4. Pagan Sphinx - May 20, 2009

I haven’t seen these mushrooms since we stopped eating together; I’d forgotten how much like coral they resemble.

Looks yummy. And I know it’s yummy. No one does mushrooms like you do, my friend. And that’s saying a lot because you know I’m not the hugest fan of chewing on them. But I do like their form and texture a whole lot! 😉

5. Lisa - May 20, 2009

Okay. I’m just going to say this because I’ve declared it Inappropriate Wednesday. Those mushrooms look wonderful once prepared, but boy and howdy how phallic!

I know. Mind in the gutter…..

6. littlebangtheory - May 20, 2009

Ah yes, Lisa, a fitting rejoinder for the Lady’s Slippers in the last post!

sherry, they’re amazing, quintessentially ‘shroomy, strongly flavored in a very classical sense. And they hold up marvelously in the pan, remaining chewy unless you really kill them.

Kym, B’Grl, yes, they’re most plentiful in the Northwest, but common in Cal as well. Their season is extremely short around here, and they hide like nobody’s business! I frequently pick the same areas on successive days and generally find plenty I missed the first time through.

PS, yeah, we ate some ‘shrooms, didn’t we? You’d like these; if I ever score a load of them, I’ll do some up for ya!

7. Utah Savage - May 22, 2009

I’m drooling.

8. kkryno - May 22, 2009

I used to hunt a lot of mushrooms in Colorado. There were some that rivaled portabellos! Gawd; how I miss those days! (only for the mushrooms!)

I have recently purchased the Alaska Wild Mushroom book, so soon I will be venturing forth for those wonderful morsels. I can’t wait!

Happy hunting!


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