First Chanterelles of the season

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We worked hard to find just enough Chanterelles for a couple meals.  The woods were wet, but not deeply, from the recent rain.  Under the big trees, the soil was still totally dry.  We thought we would wait a little to give the  mushrooms time to get big in the moisture, but our usual patch had been picked before we arrived:( Time to scout elsewhere. These were found on the west side of the pass about 3900 ft. in wet boggy areas.

In a new spot, we found a young Sparassis!  At first it appeared too wormy at the base, but they never made it past the basal part so we had enough to make a great egg breakfast!   Chanterelles and shallots in chicken/wine stock over spinach ravioli is a most divine dinner!!IMG_1761

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