While it's still very hot in many place around the country, it is time to start thinking of fall pursuits. Hiking, hunting, and foraging. We had quite a bit of rain a few weeks ago, and the temps dropped just enough to make a day hiking in the woods enjoyable. My brother and I loaded up and headed off to the squirrel woods. While hiking around, lo and behold to my eyes we found tons of Chantrelles (Cantharellus).
|Underside of Chantrelles|
Chantrelles are delicious mushrooms. As with all mushrooms, they must be cooked before eating. You can saute them in some butter with a little garlic or salt and pepper. They are delicious when cooked with eggs. Saute them, and then freeze them for use later. You can even dehydrate them, boil them, and reconstitute them for later use. When preserving them like this, use them in the water to make a wonderful wild mushroom risotto.