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2018 shrooms

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#61
struck gold yesterday while I was cutting firewood at Ground Zero. I left home without my phone yesterday, but I did go back today to bring home the last of the wood I cut and to cut some more Chicken-of-the-Woods, took a pic. ate some sautéed in butter last night along with some fresh Chanterelles. tonight I'm gonna substitute these for the shrimp in "spicy drunken shrimp" recipe. these are very delicious, meaty, and love to be cooked. gonna try grilling some and blackening some here in the next few days. widely considered a medicinal mushroom for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties as well as being rich in anti-oxidants.

this is a 30+" diameter dead for years red oak. now it's my "mushroom tree".
this is a parasitic fungus that will kill live trees. for all I know it killed this tree. it is also saprotrophic, feeding/growing on already dead trees. I've never seen this mushroom on a live tree, though. this is not the same thing as Hen-of-the-Woods, either.

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#62
struck gold yesterday while I was cutting firewood at Ground Zero. I left home without my phone yesterday, but I did go back today to bring home the last of the wood I cut and to cut some more Chicken-of-the-Woods, took a pic. ate some sautéed in butter last night along with some fresh Chanterelles. tonight I'm gonna substitute these for the shrimp in "spicy drunken shrimp" recipe. these are very delicious, meaty, and love to be cooked. gonna try grilling some and blackening some here in the next few days. widely considered a medicinal mushroom for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties as well as being rich in anti-oxidants.

this is a 30+" diameter dead for years red oak. now it's my "mushroom tree".
this is a parasitic fungus that will kill live trees. for all I know it killed this tree. it is also saprotrophic, feeding/growing on already dead trees. I've never seen this mushroom on a live tree, though. this is not the same thing as Hen-of-the-Woods, either.

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Very nice find man! Hell of a haul.
 
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#64
tell you what, fellas. this is as wonderful a mushroom as I've had. I love my Chant's and everybody loves Morels, but these are superb. unlike anything I've eaten. meaty and firm, but tender, the flesh of this shroom is like that of cooked white meat chicken, hence the name. does not really taste like chicken, although a popular way to prepare it is to bread and pan fry it like you would chicken. I tried it like that and it was good, but sautéed in butter with some garlic and white wine is better, imo. lots of possibilities cooking with this type of fungus.
 
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#67
there isn't much info on cooking and preserving chicken o da woods. flying by the seat of my pants here, and results were, shall I say, better than expected. Chicken of the woods alfredo. grilled the shrooms hot and fast after brushing liberally with evoo and sprinkling with a healthy dose of my home made Emeril's Essence, sliced up and added to a nice alfredo sauce with capers, chives, shallots and lemon zest. home run. correction. fuck it, at the risk of sounding like I'm blowing my own horn, I'm calling this a Grand Slam.

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pretty special for a Monday night, but I'm worth it. I mean, my Nancy is worth it. ;)
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