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Slippery Jack Gnudi, Ramps, Wild Rice, And Nettles

slippery jack mushroom gnudi recipe chicken fat bolete mushroom gnudi

Here’s a great recipe I donated to the non profit cookbook for the Cascade Mycological Society of Oregon. They were looking for recipes featuring slippery jacks, as well as a couple other underused species, like Lactarius. I’ve fought off Eastern European grandmothers a’plenty here in Minnesota for them, so you bet I have plenty of… 

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slippery jack mushroom gnudi recipe chicken fat bolete mushroom gnudi

Slippery Jack Gnudi, Ramps, Wild Rice, And Nettles

Here’s a great recipe I donated to the non profit cookbook for the Cascade Mycological Society of Oregon. They were looking for recipes featuring slippery jacks, as well as a couple other underused species, like Lactarius. I’ve fought off Eastern European grandmothers a’plenty here in Minnesota for them, so you bet I have plenty of… 

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Zanthoxylum wild Szechuan peppercorns (17)

Wild Szechuan Peppercorns

As someone who’s built his career around food, I’ve tasted plenty of interesting things. Nothing prepared me for the first time I ate wild Szechuan peppercorns though. I got introduced to them through my friends mother, an experienced wildcrafter. On night after dinner, the topic of Zanthoxylum came up, she said it was a plant… 

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bacon fat gizzard confit

Bacon Fat-Gizzard Confit

Smoked pork fat. Is there anything it can’t make delicious? I don’t think so. Bacon has been on my mind lately, since at the new restaurant we’ll be going through a lot of the stuff. I don’t know how much yet, but it will be a lot. 3-4 whole pork bellies, or more a week… 

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matsutake mushroom soup recipe

Matsutake Ramen

They have a smell and taste like nothing else. They’re matsutake; one of the most interesting things I’ve cooked with. They have a flavor that’s difficult to describe. Other mushrooms like Boletes, and their cousins Leccinums, Suillus, and Tylopilus, all have a sort of taste/aroma, and you could make other comparisons with chanterelles, trumpets, and… 

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hen of the woods gratin recipe, maitake mushroom gratin recipe

Hen Of The Woods-Leek Gratin

Here’s an awesome, easy way to enjoy those hen of the woods. Story goes that I was at my girlfriends place getting ready to make some Sunday dinner, we pulled some pork chops out of the freezer, but were a little light on the vegetable front. Thankfully there’s a giant garden around-the stuff dreams are… 

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swordfish with lobster mushroom pine nut stuffing and milkweed caper sauce_-2

Swordfish With Lobster Mushroom Stuffing

This is what happens when you have extra swordfish samples laying around, and need to start using up duxelles from a great lobster mushroom season. I can’t remember where I got the idea, but I’ve been making this for years. Here’s the jist: you take a thin piece of swordfish  in the middle of each… 

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milkweed caper recipe

Milkweed Capers

Milkweed capers are a fun project I’ve been playing with for a few months. I’ve preserved plenty of unopened flower buds: nasturtiums, dandelions (personal favorite) chives, and day lilies to name a few. All of those make fun capers, but milkweed buds are fun since they can be harvested quickly, and in bulk. In the… 

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celtuce recipe, stem lettuce recipe, celtuce

Celtuce

Celtuce. Kind of like if lettuce and a long root vegetable had a baby. I heard about it from a friend of mine one day when we had a snowfall heavy enough to close the restaurant. He and I decided to meet up at his place, geek out over some cook books, drink a couple… 

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