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Okay, I promised I'd share my thoughts about Lycoperdon (Puffball mushrooms). Each fall we see clusters of these rimming the various trails through the forest areas where we hunt Chanterelles and other delicious shrooms. We've harvested them while they're young (firm and white), but they are a lot of trouble to peel. Their flavor is fairly nondescript, many compare it to scrambled eggs or tofu. And like tofu, they pretty much soak up the flavor of whatever you cook them in or with. But the painful part is that you have to peel off the tough, leathery outer shell, and...

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Well, the obvious answer is "no" ... right? Mushrooms aren't sentient. They don't have brains. How could they scheme? The more I get to know mushrooms, the more I'm confronted by some of life's greatest anomalies. Evolutionists tell us that mushrooms evolved not from plants, but from animals. And they do indeed exhibit some very animal-like characteristics. For instance, we've been talking a lot about Oyster Mushrooms. Some time ago I learned something amazing about Oyster Mushrooms which I really can't explain, at least by appealing to evolution. Here it is, hopefully in a nutshell ... Oyster mushrooms, like many...

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In my last blog I briefly discussed my recent (successful) attempts to cultivate Ostreatus pleurotus, the lovely Pearl Oyster Mushroom. (These come in a variety of colors, but the one I've attempted is the most common, the pearl-grayish-white color of the prolific Pearl Oyster.) The method I spoke of was using 3-foot lengths of cut maple lots, about 5 or 6 inches in diameter, with mycelium-impregnated spawn plugs (commercially available) hammered into quarter-inch, inch-deep holes drilled into the log, then sealed with wax. The log is then mounted on a tripod-like mount (which I made of outdoor wood) about 18"...

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Yesterday we were talking about hedgehogs (the mushroom) and today we will be talking about oysters (the mushroom). Sense a theme here? Last summer I began raising Oyster Mushrooms in "straw logs" indoors, in a room above our garage that doubles as a wine cellar and exercise room. I was growing oyster mushrooms like crazy, and very inexpensively (I'll blog sometime about that). but the experiment went south when my wife discovered that the oyster spores were making her sick every time she went up to exercise! I had a hard time believing it, at the time, but it turns...

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And no, I'm not talking about the cute little ball spiny mammal, or even the cartoon character that goes by the name "Sonic." I'm talking about mushrooms! Hedgehogs are a late fall/early winter mushroom that grows in damp, ferny areas, and in my mind it is one of the more savory and simple-to-cook shrooms. I love it as a side dish, or as a breakfast mushroom with scrambled eggs. I'm going to share my favorite Hedgehog recipe in a moment ... believe me, it's REALLY easy ... but first, let's talk about defining characteristics of the Hedgehog mushroom. As you...

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