Month: February 2015

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

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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 Truffle Festival

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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

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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.

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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

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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!

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33 folks attended the meal

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

First Potluck/Membership drive a Success!

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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.