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Italian Oyster and Wild Mushroom Stew


¼ cup olive oil

1 medium yellow onion diced

10 garlic cloves minced

¾ cup chopped fresh fennel bulb

1 ½ cup chopped wild mushrooms (shitake, oyster or chanterelle)

8 roma tomatoes diced

½ cup chopped Italian parsley

½ cup dry white wine

1 cup heavy cream

1 pound drained small oysters with the liquid reserved

Kosher salt

Coarse black pepper

  1. Heat a heavy bottom soup pot on medium high heat and add the olive oil, a few pinches of salt, onion, garlic and fennel bulb.
  2. Sauté this mixture until it begins to soften.
  3. Add the mushrooms and parsley and sauté for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the roma tomatoes and sauté until very soft.
  5. Stir in the white wine and reserved oyster liquid. Simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the heavy cream and bring back to a low simmer.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Add the oysters and cook until they begin to curl, about 2 minutes
  9. Ladle into warm bowls and serve.

This rich stew is great served on a cold autumn night with some nice crusty lightly toasted Italian or French bread drizzled with a bit of extra virgin olive oil. Pair this with a light dry Italian white wine.

Mushroom Foraging Outing

Jims Mushrooms

Our good friend Jim Wheeler is taking reservations for mushroom foraging outings and cooking classes. This is a rare opportunity for the uninitiated to gain access to a time honored Northwest tradition of feeding oneself from nature. These special experiences include two hours of Chanterelle, and other mushrooms, finding and picking instruction, with a cooking demonstration and meal, featuring multiple mushroom recipes. $60 per person includes everything except gear and transportation. We will be picking on private property, so no permits are necessary. Please, no dogs or children under 12 (please make sure the children actually want to participate.) You will need a basket, a knife, long pants and good shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. Message Jim here. https://www.facebook.com/james.e.mindt, or contact me through e-mail. At strainedcarrots@gmail.com.

Support your local mountain man!!
He also has Chanterelles for sale, with recipes, for $10 a pound.