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Wild Mushroom Croutons

oyster mushroom croutons

If the restaurant were to fail, finding a way to mass produce these would make me rich I tell you. They’re not so much a crouton as they are crispy, deep fried mushrooms, but calling them deep fried mushrooms would insinuate that they’re served hot, which they aren’t. Personally, the word “deep fried mushroom” conjures… 

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Rowan Berry-Apple Jam

Rowan Berry-Apple Jam

The rowan berries will be ready soon. Last year I shared my favorite method for preserving them in syrup, which makes them taste a bit like cranberries, and curbs their bitterness so much you can eat them right from the jar. The only catch is that it takes a while for the berries to cure… 

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Nasturtium leaves and flowers

Nasturtium Leaves And Flowers

  Lots of chefs like to garnish things with flowers, they’re pretty, but often that’s about it. Nasturtiums though? They’re a completely different story. They’re not only beautiful, but have a great flavor-candy sweet and peppery like watercress, all at the same time. With how good they taste, It’s surprising to me that more people… 

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Fresh porcini julienne

Bolete Julienne

Behold the julienne-a molten hot, cheese crusted, creamy mushroom extravaganza. Just about every hunter of Eastern European descent I’ve talked to has told me about this dish in some way shape or form, and for good reason. If you look around, there’s plenty of recipes for mushroom julienne out there, most using button mushrooms. When… 

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Potted chanterelles

Potted Chanterelles

Every thing that’s edible has different stages of growth, and some stages are better than others. Broccoli, cauliflower and romanesco for instance, get very bitter after they’ve bolted and gone to flower. If they’re not harvested young enough, chickens tend to get tough, and need to be marinated and cooked low and slow for good… 

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Lake Namekin

Lake Namekin

Way up in Northern Minnesota, right on the border of Ontario, there is a cabin. There’s no electricity or water, just a cabin and an outhouse, built back when land could still be purchased inside of Voyageurs National Park. It’s owned by my girlfriend and her family, and it’s a summer tradition of theirs to… 

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English Pea and Black Trumpet Cream Soup With Purslane

Black Trumpet-Shell Pea Soup, With Purslane

The black trumpets are out now. After I found the first flush of the year, I remembered some frustration I had working with them a while back. I was playing with a big batch of them, testing out a creamy trumpet soup recipe for a cookout I was making an appearance at. It was going… 

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