- Wild Game
For most of the world, porcini mushrooms are a feature of fall. But here in the West, we also get spring and even summer porcini. In fact, the biggest flush I deal with are right now, as spring fades into summer. To do justice to these mushrooms, we cannot look to Europe. We must develop our own porcini cuisine.
“Ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible.” That may be the most famous quote from the father of modern foraging, the late, great Euell Gibbons, who spoke those words in a Grape Nuts commercial back in the 1970s. He’s right, of course, and I’d like to walk you through just which parts he’s talking […]
When life gives you mushrooms, make tortellini out of them. OK, maybe tortellini are not everyone’s first thought when it comes to cooking fresh mushrooms. But I love these little packets of love, and making them with morels is especially lovely.
There’s a lot of talk out there about people overharvesting ramps, the most dominant wild onion in the East. Some of that talk is true. Here’s how to responsibly harvest wild onions of any sort, as well as how to prepare, store and preserve them.
Morel hunting the way I do it is a lonely affair. Miles walked in a beaten, burned landscape. A morel here, a morel there. It’s not the bonanza of a big burn, but I wouldn’t give it up for anything.
Catching the ephemeral fiddlehead is a tricky business, and I find that pickling them is a great way of preserving this zephyr of spring. This is an old-style brine pickle, lacto-fermented with no vinegar.
Who doesn’t love pierogi? I mean really. Little pockets of goodness, boiled briefly then fried and served with caramelized onions, sour cream and dill? Heaven on a plate. I made these with wild mushrooms, but any mushroom will do.
The wild waits for no one. You must be out there all the time to catch the moments that Nature releases her bounty. Sometimes you have months to play, sometimes weeks, sometimes only days, or even hours.