I'm relatively familiar with the wonder that is the porcini mushroom. Usually sold dried, they are probably the most meaty, heady, fragrant mushrooms readily available for the home cook. But I've never seen a use for porcinis quite like this. In this recipe from Friday Night Dinners, they're ground up into a powder to become the backbone of a dry rub that's complemented by dry mustard and garlic powder.
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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.
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