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Okay, okay, I realize I'm getting a little carried away with the alliterated titling of these blog posts! I blame last month's bounteous bundles of beautious Boletes. I keep having to outdo myself. All linguistic acrobatics aside, what do you do with Puffballs? (Other than the boyish delight of stomping on them and watching the little "wolf farts"* spew greenish-brown "smoke" comprised of billions of puffball spores into the air!) Most puffballs are indeed edible. I had never had them before, and this season we saw a goodly number of Lycoperdon* not only out in the forests, but in the...

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This time of year there are tons and tons of Chanterelles out there in the forests of Western Washington. And among them, false Chanterelles, hiding like wolves in sheep's clothing! How can you spot them? Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca There are several different false Chanterelles to watch for. One that we found (in abundance, sometimes mixed right in with real Chanterelles) during our foray last Friday was Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca, aptly named "False Chanterelle." Note the color in the attached three photos (side view above, cap view at left, and gill view below), which is very similar to that of Golden Chanterelles. The cap...

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In my last blog I recounted how my newfound friend PJ and I went hunting in the Gifford Pinchot Nat'l Forest last weekend, looking for Golden Chanterelles, and wound up instead with bushels of beautiful Boletes. We harvested two kinds of Boletes (commonly known as Porcini): Admirable Boletes, and Slippery Jacks. But if you found King Boletes you could also prepare them this way. PJ is a master chef and couldn't wait for me to let him loose in my kitchen to see what he could do with those Boletes (mostly Admirable Boletes, and also some Slippery Jacks). What he...

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My new friend PJ and I went out into the Gifford Pinchot National Forest for our Friday Foray, in hunt of Golden Chanterelles, or whatever mushrooms presented themselves. What we found, just a few feet into our hunt, was Boletes ... bunches of Boletes! Now, you need to understand ... PJ, who is currently a missionary serving with his wife Donna and two sweet little girls with New Tribes Mission in Colombia ... is educated (we're talking college level here, folks) in the culinary arts. He was very excited about the Boletes and what he could do with them in...

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Crimini Mushrooms, Enoki, H-Mart, King Trumpet, Lobster Mushroom, Matsutake, Oyster, White Button Mushrooms, White Shimeji -

I have to interrupt my current obsession with Golden Chanterelles to chat briefly about some wonderful new mushrooms I tried yesterday. I was running an errand in Tacoma and saw an H-Mart. If you're not familiar with the big H, it's a large Asian supermarket chain. They carry all kinds of weird (from my Gringo viewpoint, at any rate) and wonderful things. And LOTS OF exotic mushrooms, in addition to the normal (boring) white button variety, and criminis. When I saw the H, my brain whispered: "Matsutakes!" In case you've never tried Matsutake, which I think is synonymous with "Pine...

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