Monday, September 29, 2008
Fall brings with it some of the most splendiferous colors of the year. Spring is nice and all with the blooms and new grass but nothing beats all the golds and yellows and reds and oranges of the fiery fall.
I was out enjoying some of these colors today at the farmers market, thinking about all the rich and hearty stews and ratatouilles in store for the coming months when I thought "too bad you have to buy this stuff," I would love to just wheel my way through filling up a big basket just for fun, that way I could pick things I was unfamilar with and not feel bad when I mess it up.
Two days off from school for the guy coming up, Jewish Holiday, and I think we are going for a hike in the woods, we shall see, but talking about 'the guy' he had a fantastic shortbread, bananas foster concotion last night. Tearin' it up.
Little did I know that this afternoon my mushroom buddy was going to bestow upon me a gift.
More than 5 pounds of Shaggy Mane mushrooms. Its like I died and went to fungal heaven and for me thats a place I frequent.
I cleaned these bad boys and began sauteeing them pronto since they continue to breakdown. They are relatively hearty once they get in the pan and the flavor, I guess like all wild mushrooms, is indescribable, they have an asparagus texture and a mild and unique flavor.
I cooked these for a few minutes in olive oil and butter with shaved garlic, salt and pepper. They will later get chopped and added to a cream of mushroom soup. I had to partially process them so they would not disappear into a gob of ink.
See how white and fresh they look. These are abundant right now!
Posted by Christo Gonzales at 4:43 PM