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Old Jun 4, 2009, 10:52 pm   #1
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sorry for the crummy pic. I took it w. my cell phone.

This is a damaged sugar maple root, base. It produces every year. 2 yrs ago it was in October. Last year I picked one in Aug/Sept. This year June 4th. Funny.
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Old Jun 4, 2009, 10:56 pm   #2
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Ed, I take it that beautiful shroom in that good photo, is ready to be or already ate,mike
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Old Jun 5, 2009, 8:17 am   #3
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Very cool!
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Old Jun 5, 2009, 1:30 pm   #4
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Miker,

I was able to salvage quite a bit of the chicken. I have rediscovered my wok and Chinese cooking, so I stir-fried a bunch of it yesterday.

I experimented with the rest. I stir-fried small pieces in peanut oil until they started to get limp, bagged them and froze them. I got about 5 sandwich bags of chicken of woods. I intend to use these as stir-fry additions.

I have also rediscovered Chinese egg dishes. They are marvelous and I think chicken of the woods with egg foo yung or something similar would be amazing.

One other thing that cost me some of that chicken. Notice the soil that is under it. It is dry, fine sand. I dropped the fungus in it. It was so fresh and wet that the sand embedded itself all over the chicken. I spent a long time cleaning and actually had to pitch some otherwise perfect chicken meat!

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Ed - I wonder if a soft bristled toothbush might have helped in that situation?
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Vance,

I have a mushroom tool that my daughter got me for Xmas a couple of years ago. It has a soft brush on it. Some of the sand was just not going to come out without taking meat with it. I do think a soft brush is a good thing to clean many mushrooms with.

I blame myself. I got excited. I tried to harvest it the way I harvest a hen (all at once). It basically broke away from the root and fell apart in the sand.

Oh well. There's alot more chickens coming this year and I did get quite a lot from that fungus. It was very big.

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Ed, chicken egg foo yong sounds very tasty, I might throw a small amount of chopped scallion in with that,mike
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