Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mushroom Season

As I was lying in bed last night, I was again thinking about dinner. The only other thing that would have made supper better (besides having all of you there with me) would be the addition of fresh morel mushrooms. Mushroom season is beginning, and I need to get out and hunt. I've seen the cars start to line the woods by New Poag Road, and that means folks are starting to hunt for mushrooms in the woods around campus.

The mushrooms were probably especially on my mind because of something that happened earlier last evening. I came home to find the neighbor children working in my yard. They are part of a wonderful homeschooling family down the street that I've become close to. They watch my home and cats while I am away. And, I have paid them to do small odd jobs around the house so all of the kids can have a little bit of spending money at the dollar store. Well, they were raking the sweet gum balls out of my yard before I got home from the store... and what do you know?!? They found 3 morel mushrooms in my yard. They took them home to share with the family - which was ok by me. But, I had them show me exactly where they found them so I could keep an eye on that exact spot.

It would be wooondeeeeeerfuuuuul to have my own mushroom patch in the back yard. I need to stop writing about these because my mouth is watering just thiking about them. I'll keep you posted on my mushroomin' finds throughout the spring. Do you like fried morel mushrooms?


Dani said...

I can't say that I've ever heard of morel mushrooms, but I love mushrooms in dishes, and I love some fried mushrooms. SO I bet that would be delish!

lydia said...

I'm pretty sure we've had this conversation before, but I have an issue with mushrooms. It's one of my weird things...kind of like fleece. :) I absolutely can't stand to see mushrooms growing in the wild. It turns my stomach and gives me all kinds of heebee jeebeeis. I do like mushrooms cooked in dishes, or even just sauteed up with some onions. I just don't want to see them growing!

Kelly Spezzano said...

I have an issue with mushrooms too, the texture gets to me, but I love the flavor they add to dishes. I love the look of the mushroom you have pictured! Very cool looking.

strem said...

Dani, morels are in a league of their own. We're going to have to make sure one of your trips up north coincides with mushroom season one of these years. Then, you'll have the authentic experience. :)

Lydia, you crack me up. I, for some reason, did not know this. We're going to have to add this to the growing list of conversation topics.

Kelly, if Dani comes up, you'll have to hitch a ride so you can experience them firsthand too.