Cheesy grits topped with a mix of spring vegetables sautéed with shallots in butter. A soft poached egg tops the whole mix.
'morels' on Serious Eats
What we're here to talk about today is vegetables, in particular, asparagus and morel mushrooms.
We went on a moral-foraging trip to Washington along with forager Langdon Cook, author of the book Fat of the Land. We went into the Eastern Cascades, many miles up the mountains and into a "burn zone." Many of the morels sold across the nation come from burn zones.
I usually think of roast chicken as a comforting winter meal, especially when served with potatoes that have cooked in all the glorious chicken fat. But there is no doubting that this recipe from Cooking with Daniel Boulud is a spring dish. There is no other time of the year when the combination of morels, fava beans, and small new potatoes would taste so good.
Is there a right way to clean fresh mushrooms? Some would say never get a mushroom wet. Others insist it's no big deal. In my experience, the answer is "it depends on the mushroom." This slideshow will provide you with a mushroom-cleaning guideline and some storage and trimming tips.
These Egg Noodles with Fava Beans, Leeks, and Morels from Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods by Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian is a fresh take on pasta primavera for all of us who have relegated the 1980s-popular dish to the dusty halls of dishes that have gone out of fashion. It's a plate of pasta that brings together all of the wonderful vegetal elements of spring and pairs them with just the right amount of butter, cream, and pasta.
Photograph from It'sGreg on Flickr If you want to hunt for wild mushrooms but don't know where to start, the Wall Street Journal shares some advice on how to hunt for morels. Garrett Todd, a mushroom forager in Michigan, says to take your time by using your fovea, the tiny part of the eye responsible for sharp central vision. "An expert rule of thumb for morel hunting is for every one minute you walk, you should stand and look for the mushroom for six,” says Todd. Other tips include what flowers to look for as indications of morel season, and what trees they tend to grow near. Related Morels - where did I go wrong? [SE Talk, 3/18/09] Photo...