Does anyone have any good sources for inexpensive, dried mushrooms and/or porcini in Chicago? I used to get the cheaper South American variety at my local Jewel under the Kirsch label. They were surprisingly good, but have been discontinued.
Don't mean to step on any knowledgeable foodie's toes, but I suppose some background might be appropriate here. Porcini are dried Italian mushrooms, which when reconstituted in water, have a truly unique creamy flavor. They're used in pasta sauces, risottos, soups, and polenta. I just made a big batch of potstickers incorporating them with turkey, pine nuts, and shallots, which served to reduce my dwindling stocks. I've read that cheaper South American varieties exist, but have been unable to locate any, despite asking every hispanic grocery in my acquaintance.
Thanks in advance!