The Wild Mushroom Cookbook is also available now from the Community Market in Sebastopol and Point Reyes Books in Pt. Reyes Station.
Here's what my husband and I had for dinner last night!
1 1/2 c. coarsely chopped morels
1/2 lb. ground bison
butter for sauteing
cotija cheese (substitute any cheese you like)
6 large spinach leaves
2 hamburger buns or 4 slices of bread
mayonnaise and other accompaniments
Saute the morels in a little butter. When they are soft, mix them into the burger. Form it into two patties. Saute the patties in a little more butter (if using a fatty burger meat rather than the lean, extra butter may not be necessary), flipping half-way through, until cooked to your liking. When nearly done on the second side, top with the cheese and 3 leaves of spinach per patty. Lid the pan. Warm the buns, and spread them with the mayo, and whatever else you wish (I stuck to the light flavor of the mayo, so as not to overpower the morels). Serve the patties on the buns.
Had a great time at the McCloud Mushroom Festival. More artsy than I expected, but fun. The concept of spring mushrooms is a bit bizarre to me, as we really don't have many here. Brought home some morels, with the intention of inventing some morel recipes, which we will post on this blog, and will have in the 2nd volume, if and when we make one.
Morels are excellent in the recipe for Mashed Potatoes on page 131, in any of the gravy recipes, in either of the stuffed mushroom recipes on p. 138, replacing the Boletus in the Risotto recipe on p. 140, in Kasha on p. 142, and in the Mushroom Rice Stuffing on p. 147.
The Wild Mushroom Cookbook is now available at the Yorkville Market, at Real Goods in Hopland (just in the store, it is not yet in their catalog), at the McCloud Mercantile near Mt. Shasta, and at Granzella's gift shop across the street from the deli, in Williams, CA.
I'll be leaving home tomorrow morning for the McCloud Mushroom Festival south of Mount Shasta. I will be there on Sat. for a booksigning. The books will still be available on Sun., but I have to get back home, so I won't be there to sign them on Sun. I expect to camp out, unless someone offers me a place to stay.
I'm just back from a vending trip up the coast to Florence, Oregon, where I saw my friend and contributor to the cookbook, Anna Moore. There are now 2 places in Oregon where our book can be found: the Real Foods Co-op in Florence, and the Gold Beach Bookstore. The Gold Beach Bookstore takes orders and ships books.
There are two places you can find our book in Crescent City: Jefferson Books and the Millsong Mercantile.
We also gained many new outlets in Humboldt County--thanks, Humboldt County for such a great reception! Our books can be found at:
Eureka Natural Foods, Humboldt Herbals. Booklegger, and Eureka Books in Eureka; Adventure's Edge, Wildberries Marketplace, Northtown Books, All Under Heaven, North Coast Co-op, and Rookery Books in Arcata; Rain All Day Books in Fortuna; King Range Books and the Hemp Connection in Garbervile; 2 Dye 4 Designs in Myer's Flat; Deerhorn Market in Philipsville; and Blake's Books in McKinleyville.
A few new spots in Mendocino County are: Weathertop Nursery in Laytonville; The Book Juggler and Mariposa Market in Willits; and the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah.
Alison Gardner is an avid mushroom enthusiast, cook, botanist and potter.