Wednesday, May 21, 2008

In Season: Spring Mushrooms

From big, ochre-colored and crinkly to tiny, black and pointed, this is the time of year to get to your local farmers' market and get yourself some mushrooms fresh from the forest. Pictured above are gyromitra gigas (or gyromitra montana in the Western US), commonly called Calf Brains or Snow Morels. They're great sautéed in wine as an appetizer or served over pasta with some spring arugula and a sprinkle of aleppo peppers. Think earthy and rich and you're there. I found these at the Peak Forest Fruit stand at the Hollywood Farmers' Market.

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