My friends up in Walnut Hill collect them...Hens and Chicks, or Hen of the Woods, are a late summer mushroom, and grow in big clumps at the base of trees.
They are a firm mushroom, and hold up longer than the softer ones. Sometimes the older ones are a bit woody, but still good if stewed. Claudette chops them and puts into stews, soups, and sauces, or batters and fries them. She also cooks them in butter and freezes them.
She once fixed us a big batch of her Centralia House Shrimp, and used the shrooms in her sauce. Yum!
Claudette is quite a mushroom hunter. Every spring she picks bucket loads of morels.
We get by with a little help from our friends