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Dinner With TCR! September 16, 2009

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Still trying to sauté my way out from under a mountain of wild mushrooms and failing, in that I keep bringing home every juicy bloom despite my bursting fridge.  Oh well, looks like mushrooms in every dinner ’till the frosts come!

Bummer.  😉

Tonight, black trumpets, carrots, celery, onions and fennel over a pesto tortellini steamed with lemon grass:

trumpets and torts

…finished with Asian accents of tamari and sesame oil.

‘Twas guuud!

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Dinner With TCR – Mushrooms, Part 1. September 10, 2009

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My fridge is bursting with ‘shrooms!  They’re being crushed beneath each others’ weight, forcing the half-and-half to sweat and fade on the counter, keeping me up late at night, challenging my imagination and culinary stamina.

What to do with a basketfull of Black Trumpets?

black trumpets

…or a bag’s worth of Eastern chanterelles?

chanterelles

Perhaps a breakfast omelet of local duck eggs, chanterelles, caramelized onions and cheddar:

chanterelle omelet

…and a dinner of black trumpets and chants with garlic, white wine, basil and a crumble of Gorgonzola, served over fresh lobster raviolis:

trumpets over raviolis

… prime examples of my Hundred Yard Diet, being largely from my garden and the nearby woods.

If anyone has a pickling recipe for a shopping bag’s worth of Oyster mushrooms, I’d be more than happy to entertain it, as my half-and-half needs a place to stay…

‘Shroomin’! September 2, 2009

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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.   😉

Dinner With TCR! November 24, 2008

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Tonight, a Mahogany Risotto with spicy sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and black trumpets which I picked this Summer:

risotto-small

With some nice crisp asparagus.

Enjoy!