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Mushrooms Now and Then

In Cookbooks, Homemade on August 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Chanterelles, bacon and farro, oh my

It’s been a couple of months since my journey to Mushroom Mountain, and my patience is wearing thin. I have containers of mushroom matter sitting around my kitchen, but nary an oyster mushroom in sight. Under a tree, my inoculated shitake logs are about a month into their six-month process.

Shitake, wherefore art thou?

Fortunately, Mr. Whit DeSpoon showed up at lunch with a bag full of freshly-foraged chanterelles, just for me.

“They’re pretty dirty,” he said, scrunching his eyebrows together and frowning. I didn’t care. I couldn’t wait to clean and clean and clean them. I had mushrooms now.

I did have to clean and clean. I contemplated using the vacuum cleaner. Instead, I defied all advice and used ample amounts of water–a little less flavor, I reasoned, in exchange for a little less grit.

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