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.
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.