Spring in the mountains means a quest for some – the quest for mushrooms. My husband went morel hunting the past two weeks and has found nothing. A big fat zero. Did his research; talked to folks who have been here for years. Nothing. Oh well. There is always next year.
I cheated. I ordered an oyster mushroom kit online. We followed the directions and within a couple weeks has beautiful oyster mushrooms. Less than we anticipated, but still had the experience of growing our own. As the little mushrooms popped their heads out from the growing medium, our mouths watered with anticipation as to how best to cook them. First, they appeared as small gray-topped mushrooms. Then as they grew RAPIDLY each day, they became a creamy white color and flattened out significantly.
This first picture is the bunch we picked off the growing medium. Huge!
This second picture is what we did with them – sauteed in butter with diced sage. So magnificent! The taste was even more than we anticipated. The finishing touch was some Tuscan-style herb finishing salt. Truly set off the flavor.
And that is the “new product” hinted at in the subject line!! Laughing Rabbit Life is developing a kitchen line — Laughing Rabbit Kitchen (in case you didn’t already figure that out) — which will sell this Tuscan-style herb finishing salt. It is sublime on everything we have tried so far. We have used it on salad, veggies, steak, hamburger, mushrooms, fish, chicken, etc. And, with a nod to summer quickly approaching, we will also be offering basil salt for those garden or farmers market tomatoes. Would be great on a caprese salad with the fresh mozzarella and basil. I need to go each lunch; my mouth is watering just writing this. (We are also experimenting with infused sugars and will let you know when those are ready.)
Drop me a note and let me know what you all have been doing this spring. Would love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading, and remember…we all need a little laughter!