I did not grow up eating mushrooms and despite being with my mushroom loving hubby for over 20+ yrs., I have not aquired a taste for them. Taste isn't the correct word because it's more a texture thing. The rather odd exception being "wood ear" in bought or homemade "hot and sour soup". For some reason, i really love their "slick" vs "spongy" texture.
Two days ago I was walking around our backyard with the dog and noticed by the fire pit a rather large (4") mushroom that I thought looked like a Morel. I only know this because on our many trips to the U.P., travelling through the Leelanau penninsula, we have bought pieces from a potter, including a couple "trinket's" that were lifesize morels (at least as far as we thought then, about 3").
My sister came over Sunday to help plant my raised bed's and I showed her the mushroom I had picked. We took a break and searched the back fence, where we proceeded to find (mostly in the footprint of our sole old apple tree) about 24 (possible) Morel's.
We don't know anything about wild mushrooms, so Hubby took 4 to work today because he knew two co-workers were experienced hunters. They both, upon the first glance, said we have "white morels", not false or poisonous and one even offered $6 for the rather small four. Hubby, being a shroom lover, decided to bring them home and had me saute one up in a little butter. I took one quarter for myself to taste.
Ahhhh!!!!! The heavens parted, the earth quaked, I loved a mushroom!!!!!! I sauteed it in a tiny bit of butter and a smidge of Salt Lake salt (yes, IT, just the one) and we were rolling our eye's. The "beefy"ness, my god, it tasted like it was dipped in the world's best Au Jus!!! I know I am veerrryyy late to the party but for a confirmed shroom detester, this has been an absolute revelation!!! Now I understand what all the fuss is about, and I have my very own patch in my backyard!!
Has anyone else had the same transcendant experience with mushroom's (morel's or otherwise)? Or feel free to chime in with any other food that was the same type of "awakening" to an otherwise disliked item.
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