1Soak the dried mushrooms in hot water for 20 minutes. Drain and reserve. If the mushrooms are in very large pieces, cut them in half.
2In a deep soup pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat, add the onion and sauté 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking for 5 minutes more. Add the fresh mushrooms and sauté until softened and lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
3Add the drained, dried mushrooms. Tie the epazote, thyme, oregano and rosemary sprigs in a bundle with kitchen string and add to the pot. Add the chiles and the broth. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour.
4Remove the herb bundle and salt to taste. Garnish with lime wedges or fresh epazote.
Finding the absolute best ingredients such a big part of Chef Antoine Westermann’s culinary career and the main drive behind all of his expertly crafted dishes. His relationship with farmers and purveyors are critical to his work as a chef. While visiting one of his providers in New York, the French chef describes his efforts to find the best local ingredients for his restaurant.
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