What a doozy of a toadstool we came across on Halloween day!
This splendid specimen is about one foot tall!
It looked like an artificial halloween decoration at first, but it could not have been more alive!
While it surely is not edible, it made us think of other mushrooms that are so delicious this time of year.
Chanterelles are our favorite fungi. What a treat to find a basket full at our local market. We love to quickly saute chanterelles in butter with thyme, their honey, earthy flavor makes an nice side dish to any autumn meal.
Be sure to keep chanterelles in a paper bag in the refrigerator until it is time to prepare them.
Here is how we like to do it:
for 6 people
21/2 – 3 cups fresh chanterelles, lightly rinsed, any debris brushed off, trimmed and cut into one inch pieces.
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
salt and pepper to taste
Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms, salt, pepper and thyme leaves to the butter. Toss around lightly until they are soft and the edges are just a little brown.