The prize for this giveaway is kindly sponsored by the folks at CSN, who run a number of websites where you can find everything a good eater needs from a dining table to cookware. Details about the contest are at the bottom of this post.
Ever since I started mushroom hunting about two years ago, I’ve been inundated with people wanting to know where I go, how I do it. My only answer is to try to explain just how much work it was. Hours of classes, studying, walking around in the damp, drizzly local woods, driving around, hoping that this would be the right spot. I wish I had a better answer. I wish it were like crabbing or razor clamming, where a few dollars and some time will virtually guarantee you at least a modicum of success. Unfortunately, it isn’t. If you averaged out the number of edible mushrooms I’ve gotten over the number of hours I’ve put in to learning how to identify and locate them, you’re looking at about one mushroom every ten hours.
But it is worth it. And I’d never for a second discourage anyone else from trying to learn. Which is why, when I received a press release about a mushroom festival that was a) Cheap–just $20! b) involved some of the best parts of foraging–that would be the eating of warm, delicious, hearty, mushroom based foods upon return and c) involved going to a beautiful part of the state–Lake Quinault, I felt strongly about passing it on. It is October 15-17th, and to spare those who aren’t interested, I’m just going to attach the detailed info here: Mushroom Festival and the full schedule here: Mushroom Agenda. If you’ve ever (and you know who you are) asked me about mushrooms and hunting, this is such a great opportunity.
Finally, what you’ve all been waiting for: the contest. The prize is a $75 gift certificate to any of the CSN sites, which as I mentioned above, cover any number of categories, most notably for me, cookware. If you read my blog, there are a few mushroom recipes: Lobster Mushroom Bisque, Chanterelles with pasta, but I’d love to have more options. So, tell me the most delicious thing you can imagine cooking with foraged mushrooms. I’d love a recipe too, but I can always improvise, I’m just looking for ideas. Leave your idea in the comments here, and be sure to put your email address in–it won’t display, I just need it to contact you. Contest runs through October 18th, so you’ve got ten days!