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Old 02-09-2006, 09:46 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Constance
Have any of you tried Hen of the Woods?
All I can say, Constance, is holy cats!

I thought at first it was another name for Chanterelle mushrooms (your pic looks similar to what we have picked) but then I asked my honey and he said they weren't the same. So, not believing him, I looked them up ... up to 50 POUNDS per mushroom? What a fungi! I'm interested in what you've cooked them up in and how they really are. Do they turn fast? freeze well?

wow. That's it. wow.

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Old 02-10-2006, 09:16 AM   #12
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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
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