It was my first weekend in the woods this year. A couple buddies that I introduced to Chanterelle Mushroom hunting wanted to peek into one of our favorite spots and see if we could find anything. September’s warm days and occasional drizzle, and mornings with dew on my lawn made me think we had a shot at finding a few Chanterelles, and yes we did!
We found that our local forest was not “popping” with Chanterelles, but we slowed down our pace and looked around decaying logs, under ferns and around the moss-covered knolls deep into the woods and came out with a really great haul, enough for each of us to take home a small bag. Enough to share!
Chanterelle Mushrooms are one of our local gifts, and throughout the fall months we can sneak into the second-growth forests around Western Washington and usually find at least a couple. I used to only know how to sauté them with onion in butter, but now I use them in omelettes, bring a new life to my favorite clam chowder recipe, and when the harvest is large, I make an extra large batch of Wild Mushroom Soup to enjoy and also freeze for later. Such an amazing food source for those of us that want to spend a little time in the woods!