Category Archives: Mushrooms

I Genuflected in the Presence of Food Royalty

There are certain culinary convergences that must be responsible for the rising and setting of the sun. When the tastes of fresh asparagus, shallot, a pat of sweet butter, a bit of cream and,  yes, morels presented themselves in the same … Continue reading

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Magic Mushrooms, Metaphorically Speaking

Day 7 Success.  This may appear to be the conclusion of the mushroom growing project; however, such is not the case.  The added bonus is that if I allow the block to rest with minor daily spritzing to keep it … Continue reading

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Heading for Home and Sliding into Foraging, Day 6

Day 6 Today’s article on chanterelles and the Creamy Wild Mushroom and Parsnip Soup recipe in the New York Times City Kitchen section is an obvious segue from our mushroom growing experiment into foraging, which is my next talking point. … Continue reading

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Building a Head of (Mushroom) Steam, Day 5

Day 5 There’s such a meteoric daily change in my project that I’m pretty sure if I just sat and watched the block, I could actually see the mushrooms grow. Beautifully shaped, deeply color-contrasted.  Billy said I should have mushrooms … Continue reading

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Signs of Mushroom Life, Day 4

Day 4 I admit to spending a few days in Chicago this week and, comically, I had no Internet access.  Sounds like a weak excuse even as I type it.  Nonethesless, it’s true.  So I’m a day behind in mushroom … Continue reading

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A Mushroom Omen, Day 3

Day 3 Not sure what I expected, but I must admit I’m surprised to see signs of life so quickly.It’s looks a bit other-worldly, like the surface of a strange planet, but having no precedent, I’m just happy to see activity.  The … Continue reading

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Let’s Grow Mushrooms, Day 1

As the mushroom grower-trainee, I now possess this curious sawdust mushroom block and a directive from Billy Webb.  OK, here we go. Day 1 Pour water into a dinner plate or shallow dish.  Place the block on a cake rack, … Continue reading

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