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A Delicious Gift! September 26, 2012

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Driving through Buckland the other day, I spied three off-white clumps affixed to a slain golden birch.

Of course, I stopped to investigate, and unlike The Cat, my curiosity was rewarded with culinary gold – Hericium erinaceus,  commonly called Lion’s Mane. It’s a tooth fungus, highly prized for its intense mushroom flavor and its prolific fruitings.

Plus, it’s beautiful, so much so that it’s said to be delicious if you can bring yourself to pick it.

Well, I did. I had a long slender knife in the car, with which I sliced the baby-head-sized growths off the birch log. They weren’t brand new and pristine, but rather a couple of days old, but still firm and white.

I shook the bugs out of them (yeah, bugs know good  when they see it) and pocketed my booty, speeding home to make a great dinner at the right price.

Here’s a close-up shot of the “teeth” of this delectable tooth fungus:

They’re equivalent to the gills under the cap of common agarics  in that they’re the spore-bearing structures of this mushroom’s fruiting body.

And Holy Cow, did they make one one helluva cream of mushroom soup, sauteed lightly in butter, then added to a reduction of heavy cream seasoned with garlic and curry powder.

I’m two pounds happier for that find.  😉

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Ruby Tuesday/Dinner With TCR! September 27, 2010

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September – Fall colors, crisp nights by the fire, my birthday (!), the Harvest Moon…

And, of course, The Harvest:

…in this case, heirloom tomatoes in our organic garden!

These are among my favorite pleasures as Summer melts into Autumn.  Let them come out ugly, cracked, strangely lobed… just let them come out!!

These red and yellow beauties will be great canned and made into sauces, as Miz LuMena does so wonderfully:

…but right now a couple of them are going to join a few of our garden’s other offerings, cilantro, red onion and deep purple hot peppers, in a swim with invited guests Organic Corn and Back Olives; they won’t know they’re in the “deep end” until the olive oil and balsamic vinegar begin to rise around them, and by the time the Gorgonzola crumbles arrive to finish the job, it will be too late for them, and dinner time for me!

With a couple of free-range chicken thighs grilled over an oak fire, this will be a fine easy dinner for a September evening:

…Enjoy!

Thanks to Mary over at Work of the Poet for hosting this fun meme.  🙂

Dinner With TCR – The Fugly Edition! January 24, 2010

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It’s difficult to take pictures of anything “creamed” without eliciting an initial response of, “Ewww – friggin’ dog!!”

Having said that, this dinner was exquisite with a blindfold on.

A boneless fillet of wild-caught sockeye salmon, poached in a sauce of heavy cream, smoked salmon bits and capers, and served along side a veggie-fried black rice:

‘Twas substantially better than it looked, and set my quest to regain my gurlish figure back a month.

But we hedonists can’t help ourselves, now, can we??