In this week’s podcast, I’m talking mushrooms. Specifically, how to get into mushroom hunting – safely. I talk you through the basics, how to get started, what varieties you will want to look for first, and how not to poison yourself.
I rarely breast out doves, but when I do I typically make this recipe. It’s German jagerschnitzel, only done with dove breasts. And since chanterelles are popping in several parts of the country right now, it’s a great time to make this classic.
The professional mushroom pickers call this time of year Winter Pick. It’s a time of abundance here in Northern California, a time when you can conceivably come home with 20 different kinds of edible mushrooms. It’s my favorite time of year.
If Porcini are the kings of the mushroom world, chanterelles are its queen. There are several varieties of chanterelle, ranging from the white to the cinnabar to the various yellow ones. Golden chanterelles are the most common variety of chanterelle here in the West, and those in the Pacific Northwest can start getting them in July. Here
No mushroom forms more of a backbone to my cooking than does the humble yellowfoot chanterelle. I will drive great distances in search of it, just so I have enough to get me through the dry months.
It is chanterelle season in much of America right now, and I am even hearing a few isolated reports of chanties here in California. What to do when you want to extend your season? Pickle your chanterelles. They’re awesome preserved this way.
Marinated mushrooms are a staple on any antipasti plate. They’re not pickled so much as they are preserved. Here’s how to do the technique the Italians call sott’olio.
When a passerby asked recently if I’d found any chanterelles, I casually told him no, even though my pack was full of them. Hiding your secret spots is all part of living off the wild.