Roasted Chicken Chanterelle Carbonara

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by Erin Raymond

Ingredients used: Chicken, olive oil, pasta, chanterelle powder, egg, parmesan, salt, pepper, chili powder.

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First, I roasted a whole chicken rubbed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and chanterelle powder.  I set the chicken on top of some carrots and onion to keep the chicken off the bottom of the pan.  You could also roast some chicken thighs if you do not want to roast a whole chicken.

When the chicken was almost done, I cooked the pasta.  In a medium bowl, I whisked 2 eggs with about a cup of grated parmesan and about 2 tablespoons of chanterelle powder.  Once the pasta was done and strained, I returned it to the pot, removed the pot from the heat and quickly whisked in the egg, cheese and chanterelle mixture.  Note:  it is important the pot is not too hot so you don’t scramble the egg mixture.

I topped the pasta with the roasted chicken, basil, some delicious Basque chili powder that I received for Christmas, a bit more parmesan and some salt and pepper.  The result was excellent and the chanterelle flavor really came through.  We will definitely be making this again in the future!

Bonus quick recipe:  Think of a recipe.  Add chanterelle powder.

 

Fall is Here, Rejoice

by Brady Raymond

West 9/18/16

Here on the west side of the Cascades things seem to be chugging along quite nicely so far this fall. Temperatures are steadily dropping and the rains are beginning their onslaught, to the chagrin of most but a welcome sign to our kind.  My Mother is in town and Erin and I thought we would take her out for the chance to look for some chanterelles, maybe some lobsters, and whatever else we could find.

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“This is our quarry, stay alert”  I told my Mom as we headed out on her first mushroom hunt in the PWN.

My Mom has been out to visit a few times now but she has never been down the Mountain Loop Highway.  Oops, I mean a secret road you didn’t hear about from me.  We have a few spots that always produce for us so long as conditions are right.  Everything looked good at our first stop, we got out and eagerly started looking.  I quickly spotted some Hydnellum aurantiacum, I wasn’t sure if Erin could dye with it but I know that toothed fungi are usually a good bet, so I collected them with my Mom and would ask Erin when we got back to the car (we have a new addition to the family, so one of us has to stay at the car while the others look).  She was excited when I showed her and thought they would produce a greenish gray tone, her memory turned out to be right, at least according to The Rainbow Beneath My Feet.  For those of you attending the Ben Woo Foray this October you’ll most likely get the results first hand if attending the dye workshop and I’m sure an article on the blog will follow soon, stay tuned.

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