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How to Find Morels talk – new location from previous post!

Due to a bit of a double scheduling problem, our April club meeting will be held at the Deschutes Historical Society in downtown Bend.  The address is 129 NW Idaho and it is the next block south of the Boys and Girls Club and across the street from Amity Creek school, between Bond and Wall St. Meeting still starts at 6 PM on Weds. evening, April 22. Please join us!

How to Find Morels!! Laurence Boomer’s talk, Weds., April 22

Our own Central Oregon Mushroom Club member, Laurence Boomer, will speak on how to find morel mushrooms at this month’s club meeting,  Wednesday, April 22, Deschutes Historical Society, downtown Bend, 129 NW Idaho.  Doors open at 6 PM with a show and tell time for the first half hour for  those who bring in mushrooms to identify.  Laurence’s talk will begin about 6:30.  Here is what Laurence wrote about his morel talk:

Laurence and morel“I have been hunting edible mushrooms here in Central Oregon since 1990, Judith introduced me to Morels, she had picked Morels occasionally in Montana, and we thence began hunting them here.  I became obsessed with mushroom hunting, and by using various guides such as Alexander H Smith’s good old black and white guide, which Judith had, and thence Arora’s All That the Rain Promises  and Mushroom’s Demystified, I figured out what, where and when by myself. (Well, along with Judith and my dogs, but the dogs are not interested in mushrooms, only squirrels!)

I have never hunted with anyone else, and all the knowledge I intend to impart at the presentation is my own discoveries amassed purely by spending years hiking through surrounding forest in search of wild edible mushrooms.  Because Judith and I love hiking, camping and exploring, and we have our 4 Shepherds who we take walking several miles Every Day, we know most every square inch of the forests around here. I have not hunted Morels anywhere else, so I do not have any information about other areas other than what I have read online in mushroom forums or by reading Michael Kuo’s Book Morels and  Langdon cooks book The Mushroom Hunter.  I rarely hunt burns, so I am a hunter of Naturals.  A teaser hum??  How about, I always return to Green Ridge on my Birthday, June 11th to find the last of the Morels flushing there.  Is that going to be the case this year??  I will go and find out!  I am assembling a diorama with maps, photos of Morels, terrain and trees bushes etc.  I will be fairly specific about areas and times as things have been in previous years, however there are patches I have that I will not reveal. As  for all the rest of the presentation, I am going to leave it a surprise, but I believe all will enjoy.”

What is all the fuss about truffles? Dr. Dan Luoma will tell us on March 14!

Dr. Dan Luoma
Central Oregon Mushroom Club is excited to sponsor a talk by Dr. Daniel Luoma on “Truffle Diversity and Ecology in the Pacific Northwest” at our March meeting, March 14, 6 PM, at the Rosie Bareis Community Campus, 1010 NW 14th, Bend.    
Dr. Luoma is a mycologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. He specializes in fungi that are in relationship with living plants and trees (especially truffles) and focuses on their biology and their importance in forest systems. He will answer questions like “what is a truffle” and will touch on culinary uses and cultivation. 
Before Dr. Luoma’s talk, Mia MacCollin, an active COMC Board member, will give a truffle-dog demonstration with her dog and the best “student” from her recent truffle-dog training session in Tumalo. 
The talk is free to all Central Oregon Mushroom Club members and $5 for all others.  
If you would like to join our new mushroom club, please contact Paul Pinson (paulpinson42@gmail.com) for membership info and registration. You can also sign up to become a member at the talk on March 14.  
Stay tuned for COMC’s April meeting where active member, Laurence Boomer, will present a talk on how to find morels.

Hedgehogs still fruiting in mid-February? Morels coming up, too? Crazy times.

Found February 17 on the way to the coast from Eugene.

Found February 17 on the way to the coast from Eugene.

 My mushroom maniac friend Dale continues to find mushrooms fruiting near the Oregon coast these days! He sent this photo of a bundle of small Hedgehog mushrooms (Dentinum repandum) with a few Winter Chanterelles (Craterellus tubaeformis.) So late in the season or is it just way too early?! 

I don’t know what to think when folks are bringing in fully expanded, spored out but still  fresh Agaricus sp.  from the COCC campus in mid-February.  I heard talk of morels appearing in the Willamette valley.   This coming spring mushroom  season looks like it will be early and a short one.


Oregon Field Guide special on Honey Mushroom fungi

Julie let me know that tonight the OPB Oregon Field Guide will be showing a story on Armillaria ostoyae, the Honey Mushroom, famous for their longevity.  Should be an interesting view.  If you comment on it after you have seen it, all good.


Oregon Truffle Festival

We attended the Oregon Truffle Festival in Eugene a couple weeks ago, only the truflle market, not the full conference. For a $20 entry fee you get to taste some amazing truffle products, watch a couple chefs cook with them, take in a power point program or two on truffles,  sample many Oregon wines and Oregon products and more. Without the wine tasting it was only $15.  At the market, we bought $40 worth of truffles, $20 for an ounce of Oregon black truffle (Leucangia carthusiana) and $20 for an ounce of Oregon white truffles (Tuber oregonense).  The black truffle was very disappointing with a very mild, but pleasant, kinda pineappley flavor. Not much to talk about for $20. The white truffles were much more pungent and impregnated the butter and cream cheese with a great flavor that we used for spreads and dips. TASTY!   Later, their deliciousness would return to our mouths and remind us of this yearly treat. Definitely worth the money.  You must not cook the truffle, just grate it over pasta or set it near fatty food like butter or cream cheese in an airtight container. Amazing how they flavor everything.

An expensive truffle!!

An expensive truffle!!

The posted photo is a French black truffle. This one is costs about $900.  For sale at the market, but not for my pocket.

More Potluck photos

winter chanterelles

Penny showing the fresh winter chanterelles brought in from Reedsport by visitors to our potluck.

Mark and Alice

Mark S. and Alice L. head for the food table.


Mingling before meal

How do I fit all of this on one plate?

How do I fit all of this on one plate?

Have I missed anything?

Have I missed anything?

Participants checking their  question sheets to see how many they can answer

Participants checking their question sheets to see how many they can answer

Pictures from the potluck

Lots of amazing mushroomy foods. We counted 12 different types of mushrooms here!

Lots of amazing mushroomy foods. We counted 12 different types of mushrooms here! King Bolete, Yellow Chanterelles, White Chanterelles, Winter Chanterelles, Morels, Matsutakes, Shitakes, Agaricus, Oregon White Truffle, Lobster, Hedgehogs, Hericium!


33 folks attended the meal


Julie and Debbie’s lovely table settings with paper sculpted mushrooms.

First Potluck/Membership drive a Success!

Thanks to all who made the potluck so much fun!  An excellent team of early birds quickly set up a welcoming and comfortable dining venue. Julie H. and Debbie F. (and ?) decorated the table with delighful handmade paper mushrooms and tree boughs and linens. The food was fantastic, as expected, with so many great dishes you couldn’t keep them straight.  I believe we counted 33 in attendance.   The mixer game winners took home many vintage mushroom books and a mushroom jigsaw puzzle. Fun!

Lawrence, Paul and Hilary held down the membership table, signing up 17 new memberships (11 individuals [$20] and 5 family [$30.]) More on how you can join later.  Our new club is off to a great start! Thank you everyone! I will post photos when I get them from Paul.


1st Annual COMC “Survivors Potluck” Jan. 30!

A Mushroom Club Potluck!  
The 1st Annual Central Oregon Mushroom Club 
“Winter Survivor’s Potluck” and Membership Drive.   
You are cordially invited to attend the Central Oregon Mushroom Club potluck dinner on Friday evening, January 30, from 6 to 8 PM at the Sunrise Village Community Center, 19560 Sunshine Way, Bend OR 97701.
Since this is a mushroom club meal, you are highly encouraged to use mushrooms, especially wild mushrooms, in your potluck item. If you have no dried, frozen, or fresh mushrooms in your pantry, then regular store-bought will do. At the potluck, you will need to fill out a label with the mushroom you put in your dish and any other pertinent information (dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, etc.) No raw mushrooms. Julie says she will provide a large fresh vegetable salad as a staple accompaniment to our mushroom dishes. 
Our evening will start off with a “Mushroom Club Mixer” game where you can win prizes while socializing.   
There will be disposable plates, tableware and cups available. We can have alcohol at the site, so if you would like to share a bottle of wine with dinner, you are welcome to bring it.  
The current steering committee members will man the mushroom club membership table, where you can pay your yearly dues of $20 per person and $30 for a couple or a family.  The money is used to rent spaces for meetings and events such as this, pay speakers and costs for our 9 monthly meetings, purchase supplies (nametags, etc.,) maintain the blogsite, and any other expenses the steering committee deems appropriate. 
We need to have a RSVP from you to get a general count of how many will be coming no later than Tues. Jan. 27. Please reply to lindandron@gmail.com with the number of people who will attend.  If you can help set up, or especially clean up, we can use extra hands. Let us know if you are available. 
This is our first social/membership drive event!  Please come and meet other mushroom maniacs like you! Central Oregon Mushroom Club is happening!