Not For Naught...

Took a drive out to the river the other day.  It's high water time, so I hadn't planned on fishing.

Still, it's good to get out of the house for a few hours.  Walk around, shoot a few photos, breathe the sweet spring air.

Everything is green.  Finally.  There's no annoying bugs yet either.  Don't worry, they're coming.  Do you know where your bug dope is?

Best of all, I came home with a prize. A massive haul of three morels.  Not quite enough for a meal.   Luckily I'd accumulated a stash of dried ones over the years. They've been stored in glass jars waiting for a date with the frying pan.  The fresh ones are more flavorful, less rubbery.  But, the dried ones do in a pinch.

So, tortellini with morels and asparagus.  Today was the day.

It's a simple dish.  Along with the tortellini, asparagus and mushrooms, butter and bacon round out the flavors.

And, there's a little garlic for vampire abatement.  A little parmesan.  A splash of milk.  Done.

Maybe I'll hit the mother lode and find four morels next time out.


  1. Replies
    1. Yes they were. Good luck on your hunt for some in those burned areas. Great fish too on the recent blog post.

  2. Lester
    You got my curiosity up so I goggled Morels and found a couple of videos on harvesting this type mushroom. I'm a big fan of the Portobello mushroom especially used in Mexican or Italian dishes, but never heard of the Morel. The dish you prepared using the Morel looks delicious with all the items that make the meal so hearty. Just curious were you finding them in areas that have been burned as in the videos or damp areas? Thanks for sharing

  3. Lester
    Back again---just checked out Morels on Amazon and found this bag for $170.57 ($42.64 / ounce) one expensive mushroom----can't find them in supermakets

    1. Bill, I think that morels can be found throughout the country. Probably some in your neck of the woods too. Expensive too as you've noticed. I've seen a handful (about a half dozen) of dried ones priced at around ten to twelve bucks in our local supermarkets.

      This particular dish was good and easy. The bacon didn't hurt it one bit either.

      As for the Portobello mushrooms, we have boletes out here. They're similar, big and meaty. I've seen some with caps as big as frisbees.

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