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Eating Amanita muscaria

15 December 2012

I often get surprised looks when I tell other mushroomers that I sometimes eat Amanita muscaria (and I do mean for dinner, not for other purposes). But the ‘fly agaric’ is a good edible mushroom if properly prepared. I slice the mushrooms thin and boil them in ample salted water for ten minutes, drain and rinse. (Some recommend a longer boil or two boiling sessions, but this has worked for me.) Then they are sautéed until brown. They won’t make my list of ten favorite mushrooms, but they are quite good and everyone likes them. (more…)

WebWatch: Moreling on the Web

02 July 2010

Morels are most likely on every mushroomers’ short list of favorite edible fungi. But delicious as they are, morels are much more than just a good meal. Morels are esoteric and mysterious, seemingly not bound by the rules of ‘ordinary’ mushrooms. Where and how to find them have become part of the folklore in much of North America, especially in the mid-west where moreling has been elevated almost to the status of religion. For many the hunt is the goal, so compelling that there are morelers that don’t even eat their catch! (more…)

Morel Mania

24 May 2009

Or What to Do With Too Many Morels!

You are just back from a very productive trip to the woods with baskets and baskets of prime fresh morels (lucky you!). You eat morels for dinner. You have morels with scrambled eggs for breakfast. You make homemade morel paté to have with cheese and bread for lunch. Morels for dinner again. You love these fresh morels, but it is time to decide that “enough is enough, I must preserve some of these delectable morel morsels for later use”. (more…)

Morel & Asparagus Omelet

16 May 2009

Last weekend we spent a short time collecting morels in El Dorado County with our good friend Bob Mackler.  A few pounds of morels were plenty for us to have morels prepared one way or another for most of a week. This morning I made an omelet with the last of the fresh morels collected last weekend. (more…)

Spring Brings Morels

01 May 2009

Come, gentle Spring! Ethereal mildness, come.—James Thomson

The poet James Thomson was undoubtedly urging on spring as a relief to the harsh Scottish winters, but as mycophagists we wait impatiently for spring because we know that spring brings morels. There is nothing finer than a walk into the spring woods with its clean air, green grass, and beautiful wildflowers. Nothing finer except a walk out of the woods with your basket laden with morels! (more…)