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  • Birthday 08/20/1955

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    Pittsburgh PA
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    saltwater fishing, hunting, cooking.

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  1. Your doing a great job for this site. Thanks.
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    Hericiums are poppin.

    I had some small heads left and decided to try Sue's crab cake thought. Pan fried it with some wasabi mayo, homemade bay seasoning (was out of it), a tab of butter & olive oil, & a squeeze of lemon after cooking. Nice and crispy, brown, kinda like seafood.
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    I was out picking mushrooms in a large White Pine stand in N. Park. I don't think having a white interior will keep you from getting sick. Here's a photo of the "poison pigskin puffball" with a white interior & one that has matured.
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    Honeys ID

    The honeys in the backyard finally popped this week on a large dead old oak (pre civil war sprouting). Usually they are scattered about the various oak trees but so far only on the one.
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    At my house they grow under the Norway Spruce (in the needles and moss) and in the piles of hardwood leafs. Saprobic, but they probably have their organic preference.
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    White Sheep Head

    I've seen hens on a tree with 3 distinct color phases. I've also tried to hide their presence by covering them and to a certain extent, their color bleached. Here's a light tan colored one that's growing in my back yard. It's a little past prime, starting to dry, thin petals. Looks like a candidate for hen potato chips?
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    Hericiums are poppin.

    What it taste like? I sizzled 1 inch squares of it for 15 to 20 minutes in butter & olive oil, s&p and then a squeeze of lemon. It browned real nice, was mild, maybe a little like seafood. The lemon made it tangy like lemons do. The core of the head is semi solid and was sometimes a little chewy. It is not a classic mushroom in taste. I'm sure in places where it's more common people adapt lots of recipes to it. Would never pass up a fresh one. A crab cake recipe might be right.
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    To be or not to be a hen-of-the-woods

    The first photo looks like a hen that you should put in the compost pile, too old, too dirty. If they grow where rain splashes a lot of dirt & debris on them, they're not worth the trouble. Look for fresh clean hens that you can trim. The second looks like a black stainer that's edible. I ate them when I thought they were ok and I also cooked them and just threw them out. Been a really good year for hens in N Allegheny. The hen hunters are happy.
  9. On Saturday I saw 8 to 10 Hericium americanus that were past, (dried out). They were a dead maple. Yesterday I found my first ever H erinaceus , 6 of them. Only one was prime, 1.6 lbs. It was on a dead maple.
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    Honeys ID

    Went out yesterday and saw a lot of honeys. Almost all were past.
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    White hen of the woods, NOVA

    Looks like a hen.
  12. Here's a photo of P. dryinus from this past May. Cooked it. Was pretty chewy. Still ok. I think you have a good ID.
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    Honeys ID

    Not been many honey mushrooms here in Northern Allegheny County this year but this year I did see ringless for the first time.
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    Blewits are now growing in the leaf pile litter in my area. I've eaten them before but I'm liking them this year.
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