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Well I was out for a hike the other day with my dog and was walking along when I spotted a Golden Chantrell mushroom. Chantrelles are some of the most highly prized of all wild mushrooms for their flavor. CAUTION: Before harvesting ANY mushroom to eat extreme caution must be used in the identification, I suggest getting a good mushroom ID book like the one put out by the Audubon Society and getting with an experienced mushroom forager before trying to harvest them solo. I went two days in a row after a good rain and found a plate full each day. So if you are in the woods this time of year keep a sharp eye out for the golden chantrell(usually found near Oak trees in the leaf litter. I cooked them the first night with some fallow backstrap that I had and the next night with some crabs poached in white wine, cream and butter. Good stuff!
be cool, ChefRonT
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SHROOMS
I have always wanted to learn more about gathering wild mushrooms. Those thangs look tasty!
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shrooms
thats cool ron. i buy those. they're not cheap. i wonder if we have them in the A-basin?
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whiteboots
They probably do in Atchafalaya Basin, these were found in St Tammany parish. I want to take a picture of the leaves of the oak that seemed to through them I think its a red oak but am not sure. I had an oak in my yard before Katrina that would through em, and when I worked for the Palace cafe we had gotten some and I had never seen em before. The next morning I walked outside and saw some and thought to myself'those look like the mushrooms I was cooking last night. I picked a couple and brought them in to work--this guy Dean that was a Sous chef there confirmed that they were the right ones. You have to watch out for look alikes though--the closest one to them are Jack o Lanterns which are deadly but the gills and surface structures are diffrent, so you cant go by color alone. Color, growing location both in area of the country and what there growing out of(leaves, dead tree, etc.) gill structure and a spore print will confirm what kind of mushrooms and a good ID book. Also if you have someone who can positively ID em thats the safest bet. Be cool.
ChefRonT
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Wild mushrooms
I kinda favored the Peyotes myself that grew wild in Arizona and New Mexico. Talk about 'simmered down'!
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Hen of the woods
Chef Ron, ever run across Hen of the woods mushrooms? Can they be found in Louisiana as well? I have had those in strips before and they are mighty fine table fare....
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Chantrelles
We used to pick tons of them in Holden. We had a place in Independence that would buy them for $12/lb. We would pick close to 100 lbs a week. Wish I would have taken pictures. I picked one that was 10 1/2 inches across. The lady that bought them said she'd never seen one that big.
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Frank
I have heard that we have those hen of the woods here but have never sen one, I am intrested in mushroom foraging but am limited in my knowledge. i have found Chantrelles this time of the year and in the fall some oyster mushrooms but thats about it. I have heard that also puff balls are safe as long as the flesh is pure white but have never tried to get those. I only pick ones that I know 100% just to be safe. I'd like to learn more about this. Be cool,
ChefRonT
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man!!!
that sure do look good, chef!!!!!!!! you sure are good dude!!!!!!!! i can smell and taste that over the internet!!! be cool!!!!!!
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White Boots
White Boots are available at Steve's Hardware in Folsom. stumpiecat
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