In Season: Almost all mushrooms available at supermarkets are cultivated, not wild, and are available year-round. The most common varieties of cultivated mushroom are mild-tasting white button, flavorful cremini, earthy portobello, and savory shiitake.What to Look For: Look for firm, smooth, and dry caps. Avoid damp, pitted, or dried-out mushrooms.How to Store: Refrigerate loose mushrooms (unrinsed) in a paper bag, and containers of mushrooms in their original package. Use within a few days of purchase.
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.