Whether you do your foraging in the woods, at the farmer’s market, or in your local specialty food store, these edibles fresh from the forest floor give us a taste of nature in its purest form. Here, you’ll unearth recipes for morels, chanterelles, ramps, fiddleheads, dandelions, and other wild discoveries.
Meaty chanterelles take center stage in these quick vegetarian tacos. The serrano chile packs a punch; use a milder pepper, like jalapeno, for less heat.Adapted with permission from "Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen" by Heidi Swanson, copyright 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.
The crepes can be refrigerated, wrapped in plastic wrap, up to two days; or frozen, wrapped in paper towels (to absorb moisture when thawing) and plastic wrap, and placed in a freezer bag, up to one month. Thaw completely before filling. The mushroom filling can be made two days ahead and stored in the refrigerator. When Martha made these crepes on Cooking School episode 404, she made a half recipe and finished each serving with a fried egg.
These open-faced egg-and-mushroom sandwiches taste terrific on their own, but when lobster is in season, it makes a delicious add-in. Spoon 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cooked lobster meat over each serving.
Cooking with cedar planks, a northwest Native American tradition, involves heating the wood to release its aromatic essence, which the food absorbs as it cooks. John Howie, executive chef for Seattle's Palisades restaurant, has modified this technique and created a cedar plank roasted mushrooms recipe that can be made in your oven, with delicious results.
The flavors of dried and fresh mushrooms carry through in this proper Italian risotto, made from plump Arborio rice, which absorbs plenty of mushroom stock until it's meltingly tender on the outside but still sturdy within.