Thursday, June 11, 2009

June damp brings ... mushrooms!

It's been amazingly rainy this spring and early summer here in the Washington area. I don't really recall ever having quite this much rain - with, I might add, some pretty spectacular thunder storms.

Yes, the rainy, damp weather does bring a general musty smell to the area, augmented by the hot/humid weather, but there is one benefit:

Mushrooms!

I love mushrooms. Of course I delight in eating them. Nothing like some basic white button mushrooms, tossed with a bit of olive oil, pepper, a dash of garlic and paprika grilled or broiled til nice and brown and then tossed with a bit of kosher salt to make a great side dish (or even a meal!)

But I also love the explosion of mushrooms brought about by the rainy weather. The past few weeks have seen some wonder sproutings that I've tried to capture here.

I'm wondering if this little explosion of mushrooms is a sign! Later this summer, in July, I'll be speaking at the "Botany & Mycology 2009" conference in Utah. Might just have to work on a few more mushroom recipes before then!

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