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Mushrooms are one of the most amazing forms of life on the planet. Not plant, not animal, but an entity all of their own, fungi and their fruiting mushroom blooms come in a vast variety of shapes, colors, sizes, smells, and tastes. They are a wonderful addition to any gourmet meal.

So many "fungiphobes" out there are only that way because they've never experienced anything other than the texturally bland and flavorless Argarigus Bisporis white button mushroom from the local grocer. Did you know that some mushrooms have flavor undertones of almonds and walnuts, or cinnamon, or apricots? Did you know that some are sweet, while others are sour? Did you know that they grow all over North America in the millions and are free for the taking everywhere?

I have been hunting and eating wild mushrooms my entire life. Let me show you some of my favorites, teach you of their characteristics and growing seasons, culinary uses, and preservation methods. Though you should never eat a wild mushroom unless you can 100% positively identify it due to potential gastronomical distress and/or death (though there are only a rare handful of toxic killers), with some very simple research effort on your part you can easily learn the edible families and varieties and enjoy the wonderful experience of finding free and delicious gourmet food just like families all over the world have for thousands of years.

Recipe: Fresh Pasta with Black Truffles and Parmesan Butter Sauce

Recipe: Fresh Pasta with Black Truffles and Parmesan Butter Sauce

2015 marked an amazing year for me; the birth of my beautiful baby girl, a new exciting job, a move […]

Dec 25, 2015     No Comments
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Wild Gourmet Yellow Foot Winter Chanterelle Mushrrom (Cantharellus tubaeformis)

Wild Gourmet Yellow Foot Winter Chanterelle Mushrrom (Cantharellus tubaeformis)

Here’s a little jewel I just discovered this year, the Yellow Foot, or Winter Chanterelle mushroom.  It’s a tiny little […]

Nov 3, 2013     4 Comments
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Wild Gourmet Chanterelle Mushroom (Cantharellus cibarius)

Wild Gourmet Chanterelle Mushroom (Cantharellus cibarius)

Oh Chanterelles, what aren’t thou, With your vibrant splash of color against mossy green, And your wonderful taste of sunshine […]

Oct 17, 2013     5 Comments
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Wild Gourmet Lobster Mushroom (Hypomyces lactifluorum)

Wild Gourmet Lobster Mushroom (Hypomyces lactifluorum)

The Lobster Mushroom (Hypomyces lactifluorum) is one weird gourmet edible.  The Lobster fungus itself does not have its own fruiting […]

Nov 17, 2012     15 Comments
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Pig’s Ears Wild Gourmet Mushrooms

Pig’s Ears Wild Gourmet Mushrooms

The Pig’s Ears mushroom (Gomphus clavatus) is in the Chanterell family, and is found at the same time and areas […]

Jun 11, 2011     18 Comments
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Hedgehog Mushroom

Hedgehog Mushroom

The Hedgehog Mushroom (Hydnum repandum) has to be one of the elite in the world of delicious wild mushrooms.  This […]

May 30, 2011     4 Comments
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Angel Wings Mushroom

Angel Wings Mushroom

Angel Wings (Pleurocybella porrigens) are one of my favorite wild mushrooms, if nothing else just for their beauty. There’s something […]

May 29, 2011     28 Comments
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Gyromitra gigas: Snowbank Mushroom

Gyromitra gigas: Snowbank Mushroom

What a tasty little find this is!  The Gyromitra gigas is related to the common gourmet Morel mushroom, and is […]

May 27, 2011     5 Comments
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