search instagram arrow-down

Recent Posts


Top Posts & Pages

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 5,631 other subscribers


Thanks for Freshly Pressing me again!!

Freshly Pressed

Blog Stats

Blogs I Follow

Blog Stats

And again! Thank you to all who follow and support me!!

That silly child’s song, “Do you know the muffin man?” is stuck in my head. My mind has changed muffin man to mushroom man. I love wild mushrooms. Jeff was quite well-educated in foraging for local specimens that were safe and “choice” on the edibility scale. We would take the girls on long walks at the lake poking in the underbrush and harvesting boletes, Hen of the Woods, chanterelle and other delicious treasures that he would then cook in mouth-watering dishes.

I first saw the ad for Wichland Woods Mushrooms in The Monadnock Table magazine. After researching their site I left a message hoping to set up a partnership for the store and café. Dave Wichland and his family live in nearby Keene where  he teaches mycology, provides mycology landscaping and sells wild-forged, locally grown, and exotic mushrooms. He dropped by the store one afternoon with a bounty of samples. I immediately ran home, dug out all my mushroom cookbooks and set my mind in motion of how to best market this latest addition to our local offerings.

Amy Farges, Co-owner of Aux DELICES DES BOIS and author of The Mushroom Lover’s Mushroom Cookbook and Primer immediately suggest two dishes to me; “Woodsy Mushroom Pot Pie” and Huitlacoche with Summer Tomatoes.”  Summer tomatoes will be abundant this year. Korey and Kim have a large garden and access to tons of local produce. I wonder if Dave can grow or find Huitlacoche? The Pot Pie sounds like a comfort dish for the end of summer, but if the  winter doesn’t end, we may have to investigate that sooner!

So my discovery for the week was the fresh Morel mushrooms from the pack I brought home. I would have simply sautéed them in oil had I not read the book. Morels are made for cream sauce, they live for dairy. A bond formed in some dark age when someone said, “This needs a wondrously smooth, rich sauce to populate.” I had Cod, cream and oils.

From the cookbook I took the recipe for Sea Bass and worked with what I had. The cod was sautéed in Wild Mushroom & Sage infused olive oil as I whisked the sauce in a double boiler. I couldn’t replicate it exactly, I had no fresh chives (under leaves at the moment) and no shallots. But the fresh, pine cone shaped Morels were spongy tender and pungent. I added fresh asparagus for a spring-green touch then drizzled it with hollandaise sauce, obliterating any nutritional value. Crunchy red pepper slices with a dusting of fresh thyme and a slick of Tuscan Herb infused olive oil redeemed the plate as “healthy.”

DSC_9507There will be more inspired cooking as I move through the new world of wild mushrooms.

11 comments on “Do you know the mushroom man?

  1. Doppleganger says:

    YUM, they sound WONDRFUL…..listen, a thought for the store/café. Since you will have a commercial kitchen, why not consider making “pre-made, heat-able” meals to go? Invest in a nice glass front “reach-in” freezer to put on the floor of either establishment, perhaps the store. Start with items like soup, pasta sauce, salad dressings… move into those stews and that delicious sounding Mushroom Pot Pie for heartier weather, then move on creatively with full meals eventually. Folks can pop in and pick up dinner as well as oils, cheeses, etc. What think you? the reach-in freezer wont take up much room, and provides another “lure” to the store/café and an additional source of income. While all your recipes sound awesome to those of us that like to cook, others that don’t or are intimidated can still benefit and buy!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Great minds think alike, Doppleganger! We will have fresh, grab and go salads this summer and will expand slowly from there. Perishable products are tricky but I think between the two establishments, we can make it work! Thank you!!


      1. Doppleganger says:

        If you do a freezer, the hold time will be longer and the perishables will perish less! Fresh salads and cold soups for summer is perfect! Pot pies, sauces and soup you can freeze in the fall/winter will draw crowds too. Yup, Dopplegangers indeed!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. cheryl622014 says:

    Oh how peculiar, It wasn’t today’s blog! Yet it came up, briefly!! Okay I am in need of rest. I thought my computer had gone mad. You’ll have to see another comment I made …I’m going to lie down in a shady room…..:-)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Cheryl. Don’t know what is going on. This was today’s post…can’t find another comment from you…gremlins?

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Marie. Someone called in the middle of dinner prep the other night and asked who I was cooking for. “ME!” I replied. They didn’t believe me, “No one cooks like that just for themselves!!” Well why not??

      Liked by 1 person

  3. jaknisell says:

    That sounds wonderful! Joe has been growing Shitake mushrooms in the basement! Can’t wait for the next crop!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Delicious Annie!


  4. Bob Dillon says:

    Wtf does this have to do with the song “do you know the muffin man”? I thought it was at least going to include a fresh new take such as this –

    Do you know the mushroom man,
    The mushroom man,
    The mushroom man,
    The mushroom man.
    Do you know the mushroom man,
    Who sold me all my shrooms.

    I think that is the best way to start anything that talks so much about mushrooms

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks Bob! A great take on the song.

      Liked by 1 person

Love to know what you are thinking! And thank you for commenting.
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Pragma Synesi - interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Putnam, in the studio and beyond

Reflections and ruminations in Education, Beauty, Art and Philosophy

Badfish & Chips Cafe

Travel photos, memoirs & letters home...from anywhere in the world

The city of adventure

From there to back again (usually on a bike)

Nolsie Notes

My stories, observations, and art.

Shellie Troy Anderson


Oh, the Places We See . . .

Never too old to travel!

The Task at Hand

A Writer's On-Going Search for Just the Right Words

Going to Seed in Zones 5b-6a

The Adventures of Southern Gardeners Starting Over in New England

I Walk Alone

The World One Step At A Time

Tootlepedal's Blog

A look at life in the borders

Susan's Musings

Whimsical Stuff from a Writer's Mind

Travels with Choppy

A dog and cat in clothing. Puns. Travel. Bacon. Not necessarily in that order. News

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

A Sawyer's Daughter

The Life & Times of a Sawmill Man's Eldest Child

On The Heath

where would-be writer works with words

The adventures of timbertwig in the forest of Burnley and the Rossendale Valley

crafts, permaculture, forest management, self employment, cycling


Time to change, live, encourage and reflect.


Bring new life to your garden!

The Grey Enigma

Help is not coming. Neither is permisson. -

Ethereal Nature

The interface of the metaphysical, the physical, and the cultural

UP!::urban po'E.Tree(s)

by po'E.T. and the colors of pi

Kindness Blog

Kindness Changes Everything

Crazy Green Thumbs

Chronicling a delusional gardening experience.

New Hampsha' Bees

Raising bees holistically in New Hampshire

Indie Hero

Brian Marggraf, Author of Dream Brother: A Novel, Independent publishing advocate, New York City dweller

Therapeutic Misadventures

Daily musings on life after 60 & recreating oneself

valeriu dg barbu

©valeriu barbu

Writing Out Loud

A Place of Observation

cancer killing recipe

Inspiration for meeting life's challenges.

Archon's Den

The Rants & Rambles of A Grumpy Old Dude


Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why. Kurt Vonnegut

Once upon a time... I began to write

My journey in writing a novel

Not a Day Over 45

A View from Mid-Life

Sharon Hewitt Rawlette, PhD


Diana Tibert

~ I write -

White Shadows

Story of a white pearl that turned to ashes while waiting for a pheonix to be born inside her !

At Home in New Hampshire

Living and Writing in the North East


Two rare, life-threatening diseases that led to a bone marrow transplant and a snappy Buttkick List



International Cowgirl Blog

%d bloggers like this: