Month: January 2017

An excellent potluck with great photos and plenty of sharing.

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Dave's winning Stropharia photoCongratulations to Dave Prybylowski for his winning photo of Stropharia hornemanii at our annual Mushroom Hunter’s Survival Potluck last night! Many wonderful mushroom pictures were submitted and voted on by the 45 or so attendees. Dave won a hand-drawn framed print of a beautiful morel, drawn by our own Julie Hamilton! Great shot, Dave!

Stropharia hornemanii has purple-brown spores that you can see in this photo collecting on the skirt-like veil on the stem.  It likes growing on well-decayed wood and is generally considered inedible.  The floccose stem is an excellent identifying feature.

Besides the great photos for the photo contest, attendees brought many mushroom dishes from salads, main dishes, even desserts.  Lawrence and Ken arranged a huge screen in the room to show pictures from our field trips and many interesting mushroom shots, accompanied by music.  There was a word puzzle and a mixer questionnaire, both had prizes for the winners.

Amanita cakeThis is Mary Peter’s Amanita Cake!  Chocolate inside with dark cherries marinated in cognac. What a site to see!  Incredibly delicious as it is beautiful.
In this photo you will also notice cute meringue mushrooms that melt in your mouth and next to them, my candy cap cupcakes, flavored only with candy cap mushrooms (Lactarius rubidus.) They were purchased dried from a mushroom seller at a booth in Eugene. $10 oz.  The maple flavor is INTENSE  and permeated my kitchen all evening. I found the recipe here at http://www.cupcakeproject.com
If you missed the potluck this year, make sure not to let that happen next time!  The food is so interesting and tasty and the folks who come are eager to share their mushroom knowledge and questions.  Join us!
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Mushroom Hunter’s Survival Banquet on Saturday, January 14!

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How do I fit all of this on one plate?

How do I fit all of this on one plate?

It’s time for our annual survivor’s banquet – surviving until we can hunt mushrooms again. Please join us!  Here are the details:

 

Saturday, January 14, 6 PM, Sons of Norway Hall, 549 NW Harmon, Bend, OR
Bring a dish to share that contains mushrooms (store bought is fine.)  Labels will be available for you to write which wild mushrooms you used. If you feel like sharing the recipe, bring copies. Using our own reusable tableware (plates, flatware and cups) saves us from hauling off more garbage. We will have some beverages available and you can bring your own to share; alcohol permitted.
The Mushroom Photography Contest will be a highlight of the evening, so print up your best mushroom photo, 8 x 10, and bring it to the potluck, making sure your name is attached. We have great prizes for the top photos, voted on by all those who attend the evening event.
We are also looking for great mushroom adventure stories, so if you have an unusual one to share, we will give you time to speak. There will be other small mushroom themed activities but it is a social event to mix with those who share your passion for this wonderfully curious and gastronomic hobby!  We would like a rough estimate of those who plan to attend, so please RSVP to Susanne here:
Members and non-members are welcome to come and our treasurer, Paul, will be present to help you start or renew your membership to the club.  Dues are the same, $20 per person or $30 per family. This helps us pay for hall rentals, speakers at meetings, etc. and offers you field trips, special club campouts, help with mushroom ID, mushroom video checkout, and best of all, camaraderie with other friends of fungi.
Please join us Saturday, January 14!
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