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‘Shroomin’! September 2, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Dinner with TCR, Love and Death.
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After a crappy Spring/Summer wild mushroom season, we entered September with a flourish.

A flash of color and a stop along the road on the way home from work yesterday yielded a cornucopia of fungi, beginning with a tender bloom of Laetiporus sulphureus (or Sulphur Shelf, if you don’t naturally go around speaking Latin) :

chicken of the woods

These will be great in curries and stir-frys!

And all around and along the way, there were ‘shrooms of other genera begging me to eat them.

Some will get their wish!*

* That’s a pretty clear example of Man being the center of his own universe, non?

Anyway, here’s part of the haul.  Clockwise from the upper left:

mushroom medley

A nice fat (unidentified) coral, some beefy Chicken of the Woods (Sulpher Shelf,) a mess of nice Winter Chanterelles, Cahtharellus infandibuliformis,  some black trumpets , or Horn of Plenty if you will (Craterellus cornucopioides) on the right, surrounding what a local vendor calls “chocolate boletes,” but despite his assurances I’m not eating them until I can put a real name on them, then bottom center, some Hedgehog Mushrooms, Dentinum repandum,  which I’ve since dispatched in a sauté, followed leftward by a beefy bunch of Eastern Chanterellles, Cantharellus cibarius, and on the far left, one of several Green Russulas,  Russula aeruginea,  which I may or may not eat.

Oh, and in the muddle are two King Boletes (Boletus edulis,) the prize of the lot.  Delicious anyway they’re done, though I’m leaning toward butter and garlic, perhaps over pasta.

Stay tuned.   😉

Ruby Tuesday, Random Edition. September 1, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Ruby Tuesday!.
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A few things Ruby crossed my line of sight this week, and I bagged ’em.

Mind you, I don’t just go around shooting random things because they’re Ruby.  That seems somehow exploitative of an unearned attribute.

But I do shoot random things because they speak to me, and if they speak Ruby, you get to hear them here.

The Bardwell’s Ferry Bridge over the Deerfield, here photographed in a gentle rain:

Bardwell's Ferry  Bridge in the rain

A mushroom in evening light:

red shroom

I’m not sure what kind, I’m too hungry to look it up right now, it’s late and I haven’t made dinner yet.

A mailbox at the mouth of Potter’s Lane, where the mail truck doesn’t go:

ruby mailbox

And St. Luke’s Stone Church in Lanesborough:

St. Luke's in Lanesboro

A few things Ruboid in Western Massachusetts.

For more Rubiliciousness, visit Mary over at Work of the Poet.  She’s the reason I’m a Rubiphile.