Saturday, April 14, 2012

Don't Blink - You Will Miss Them! (and a yummy recipe)

The Woods at French Hollow
This is prime mushroom territory. Soon these trees will be dressed in their glorious emerald green, but early spring is MOREL season!  Sadly, we had no luck on our expedition two weeks ago. Maybe we were too early, but French Hollow is over the river and through the woods from where we live now so I can't make it back this weekend. And maybe we were too late. Morels are very elusive - and very yummy.
Courtesy of Dept. of Conservation
Most people in these parts fry them, which is very tasty, but my favorite recipe when you find enough for feasting is this:

Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

1 lb mushrooms
2 T butter
4 green onions, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 t chopped thyme
2 T flour
32 oz vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup cream
splash of sherry (optional)

Saute onions and garlic in butter in heavy sauce pan until garlic is golden. Add the mushrooms and cook until they just begin to soften. Add flour and stir about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add stock, stirring constantly. Return to heat and simmer gently about 2 minutes. Add cream, stir until just reheated - do not boil. Season with sherry, salt and pepper to taste.

I serve this with a loaf of crispy French bread. This recipe works will other wild mushrooms and button mushrooms as well.

The Bluffs at French Hollow
Meanwhile, all was not lost.  I had a beautiful hike finished off with a breathtaking view.  Far better than the treadmill, don't you agree?



  1. Your walk in the woods sounds idyllic and brings back wonderful memories of a visit to Switzerland and a ramble through the woods to collect wild mushrooms with some locals--we took them back and Grandmere cooked them up into something mouth-watering for dinner that night!

    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe--I must try it soon!

  2. What a beautiful site haven't been morel hunting in a long time,