Honeys with Fettucinni

Honey Mushrooms with Fettuccini

6-10  sundried tomatoes, packed in oil,
1 to 1 ½ stick butter
2 oz. olive oil
2 to 3 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed
4 leaves fresh basil, finely chopped
Parsley to taste
1 6-oz can chopped clams with juice
1 ½ cup honey mushrooms, sautéed well
Oregano and pepper to taste
1 oz. cooking sherry
Parmesan cheese to taste
1 pound fettuccini

Begin boiling water for fettuccini. Chop tomatoes. Melt butter and olive oil in skillet; add garlic, basil, and parsley.
Drain clams, reserving juice, add to skillet. Saute slowly for 4 minutes. Add mushrooms, tomatoes, oregano, and pepper. Increase heat and cook 4 minutes. Stir in clam juice; cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. (Meanwhile have fettuccini cooking with salt added to water).

Add sherry. Remove from heat. Add Parmesan cheese to taste.
Mix with fettuccini and serve

May be prepared ahead of time and reheated in microwave.

Serves 4 to 6.

From: Julie Carris in Wild Mushrooms of North America: A Field to Kitchen Guide.

Honeys Coming

I went up on the ridge behind my house yesterday to get a soil sample for our Mystery Bolete adventure that I blogged about the other day. As soon as I topped the ridge I noticed a clump of about 7-8 honey mushrooms, Armillaria mellea, at the base of a dead scarlett oak. I wouldn’t have expected them for another month, but then it has been a strange year – once again. In order to have an average you have to have variation.

Taking the hint, I went out today and looked at four trees where I found honeys last year. There they were. The first picture is at the base of a small white oak. These were mature and bug free. The bottom picture is of the “peeps” on another oak. I’ll go back Thursday.

Normally, I pick any honey that is cherry tomato size or larger. They seem to become buggy rapidly, and if you leave them to grow you just end up with slightly bigger and buggy collections. “Never leave a ‘shroom behind” is my credo !! Every time I violate this (and I do off and on) I regret it – just another wasted trip .

Unidentified Bolete

Quiz Time !! Here is a bolete  that my mushroom colleagues and I can’t pin down as to species. I FedEx’d about 10 to Alan and Arleen Bessette and they are working it up, but in the meantime I would like to know more about its habitat. So if you think you see it, let me know.

I found them on a flat sandstone ridge top with chestnut oak the dominant species. They were along the ridge top trail or just off the trail for about 10 yards as the slope began. Scroll on down to a picture of the site.

The distinguishing feature is the bright yellow margin of sterile tissue. I could spot it from a distance. See the last picture.

I’ll post more later, but take a picture and send if you think you see this one.