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Heaven on earth!

Heaven on earth!

A neighbor asked, ‘Have you found any morels yet.’ ‘No,’ I answered… Well… when I got home from town tonight, Vanessa and Ginger had picked tomorrow’s dinner. Morels! Yummy, yummy!

Where did she find them? She wouldn’t even tell me. ‘Oh, in the woods…’

No problem… I can hardly wait for tomorrow’s dinner. This may not be health food, but it sure is good! These are big boys too!

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  1. Robert Schwartz
    April 29th, 2013 at 21:41 | #1

    Nice picking on Vanessa and Ginger’s parts and finger-pickin’ good…

    Was lucky enough to find a few yellow morels in a home garden last year, hoping to find more this year.

  2. Richard Cowles
    April 29th, 2013 at 21:46 | #2

    Looks good Jorma and yes it can be considered health food,but please..please be careful.Not only are you a fab musician etc.. but a real person too.Gets no better.

  3. Janus
    April 29th, 2013 at 23:04 | #3

    Are you sure the neighbor wasn’t asking whether you had “found any morals yet”?

  4. mutt
    April 30th, 2013 at 06:34 | #4

    Happy Hunting!


    reminds me of the Burnt Store Rd cow pastures of the 60’s . . . oh yea, different shroom, duh.


  5. Steve Levnson
    April 30th, 2013 at 10:13 | #5

    If it makes you happy, it’s health food! To paraphrase Ben Franklin “Ice Cream is proof G-d loves us”.

  6. John B
    April 30th, 2013 at 11:37 | #6

    Morels are mushrooms? I figured they were some sort of animal!

  7. April 30th, 2013 at 14:45 | #7

    thought I was having a flashback for a second

  8. Cyndy Consentino
    April 30th, 2013 at 15:11 | #8

    Dear Jorma,
    Please let me know how you will enjoy these?
    My suggestion-sauté and toss them with other mushrooms into a Parmesan cream sauce over Spinach fettuccine !
    So yummy! Morels are wonderful and very pricey in the NYC area.


  9. Dave Millard
    April 30th, 2013 at 16:08 | #9

    And the morel of the story is you will find mush room in your stomach for these…pretty bad punning. Sorry

  10. John B
    April 30th, 2013 at 16:12 | #10

    That sounds delicious Cyndy ! @Cyndy Consentino

  11. Richard Cowles
    April 30th, 2013 at 19:20 | #11

    Dear cyndy…Would love to trade off recipes with you sometime..your concoction sounds breathtaking.Spring shrooms like these are not very hardy aka tough so you almost need to pouch or steam them if you will.My recomend to the cap?…As above..solo..Think stroganoff with the lite sour cream..Possible wine sauce and egg noodles.I repeat EGG Noodles.. No combine..Pour over. Damn…where did that come from?

    @Cyndy Consentino

  12. gregg
    April 30th, 2013 at 20:54 | #12

    its amazing talking about people, places, or things of want, then you get the news you didn,t expect and it,s to late. the way time passes you just can,t put off.

  13. Cyndy Consentino
    April 30th, 2013 at 21:46 | #13

    Hi Richard,
    I love to cook and bake , do anytime you want to exchange recipes;
    I think a Morel Stroganoff would be awesome!
    Chase it down with a lavender buttermilk panna cotta!@Richard Cowles

  14. Cyndy Consentino
    April 30th, 2013 at 21:48 | #14

    Hi Gregg,
    Hope you are doing ok.@gregg

  15. Barbara Jacobs
    April 30th, 2013 at 21:51 | #15

    You rascal, you!

    I picked the magic mushrooms (“los angos”) down in Columbia, back in the 1970’S.
    Go to the cow pasture after the morning rains, with a plastic baggie.
    Dig around in the cow-shit and scoop those doody-pies up!
    Take them home,
    Boil them up in some (for the faint-of-heart) and drink that tea down while eating a nice salada (containng magic mushroom shavings), :

  16. Barbara Jacobs
    April 30th, 2013 at 21:55 | #16

    *In Colombia*, back in the 1970’s”….

    LOS ANGOS!!!

  17. Dusty
    May 1st, 2013 at 03:36 | #17

    ….and just keep on giggling until all you can do is smile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Dusty
    May 1st, 2013 at 05:15 | #18

    Oh, what the hell…….
    Without revealing sources or location, in the early 70’s we would pluck some hysterically head-spinning fungi from the paddies just as the sun emerged after a fresh rain. The powers that be caught on and implemented a binder agent in the cow’s diet that rendered them lethal.
    A friend of mine was a student at a major university in an agricultural extension where he HAD IT GOING ON! Growing, harvesting, dehydrating, even packaging those jewels in a sealed plastic pouch like a toy out of a cereal box. This was in the early 80’s where it came to an end. A good end, of course. All good things come to an end, ya know, except they were no longer available.

  19. mutt
    May 1st, 2013 at 11:16 | #19

    And of course now in retrospect, those trips to the cow pastures and edges of the universe were not my sharpest decision. How blessed each of us is to be able to breathe let alone talk about the rascuals we were. Stories fur the psylo with a moral fur the children of future todays.

    Today, I think I prefer Cyndy’s recipe . . .

    Peace n Love
    Fur All


  20. John B
    May 1st, 2013 at 11:52 | #20

    I am looking for a ticket for the Montclair N.J. on May 30th.

  21. May 2nd, 2013 at 07:48 | #21


    i remember picking these in Wyoming and Colorado in the 1970’s and camping in the woods for days at a time. Our plan was 1)locate suitable fungi, 2)wash em off in a snow melt stream, 3)eat em raw; 4)take a bite, 5)wait 30-45 minutes; 6)take a bite, 7)wait 30 -45 minutes; 8) repeat steps 6 and 7 until you forgot how to follow these directions. Those were heady days………….

  22. Dusty
    May 2nd, 2013 at 08:08 | #22

    Anyway, JK, morel be revealed, as you say?

  23. Joanne
    May 2nd, 2013 at 16:04 | #23

    Being an avid mushroom hunter for the last 30 years and having one of my closest friends being a Mycologist, it’s safe to say I know my mushrooms.Morel mushrooms are very high in antioxidants,which in turn boost our immune system,they are high in Vitamins and minerals ie:Vitamin E and potassium! So, Jorma they are very healthy to eat.Of course, you have to know what your picking! I just love them! Cooked in a meal or best alone cooked in butter.Yum!!!

  24. May 2nd, 2013 at 16:28 | #24

    thanks Joanne 🙂

  25. jim hitchcock
    May 2nd, 2013 at 19:39 | #25

    Joanne, at a Save Mart in Nevada recently, I was a bit flabbergasted to see mushrooms advertised as a nutritious vegetable.

  26. kathy
    May 3rd, 2013 at 15:16 | #26

    I’m not very photogenic to put it mildly and I don’t
    take good pictures either, but I would like to know how
    to upload on to the blank spot next to my name. If blogees
    were able to do this it would be nice. I had spirulina water on a five day green juice fast so I appreciate health food. As oppposed to soda, which is a difficult
    habit to break. Interesting. I needed another reason to stick it out a while longer.

  27. Richard Cowles
    May 3rd, 2013 at 16:39 | #27

    Sounds good Cind…Baking..what is that? kidding.. all have a good weekend.

    @Cyndy Consentino

  28. Barbara Jacobs
    May 3rd, 2013 at 18:14 | #28

    Mushrooms are very rich in healthy nutrients. (See: Dr.Oz)
    The “Magic” variety is a nice smooth trip, up and back down.
    I haven’t ingested them recently, the last time was a few years ago, in tea and salad shavings.@jim hitchcock

  29. Elizabeth
    May 3rd, 2013 at 19:30 | #29

    I love to use nutrients to fortify the soul. Probably the number one cause for the problems on earth are due to lack of proper diet and nutrition.

  30. jim hitchcock
    May 3rd, 2013 at 19:53 | #30

    Let’s just say it was before a Johnny & Edgar Winter Together Again show at the San Bernadino Swing Auditorium, a way, way back, and it involved a chocolate milkshake with some extra added ingredients…

  31. jim hitchcock
    May 3rd, 2013 at 19:56 | #31

    …and it was festival seating. Stood up for over 7 hours…

  32. Karen
    May 3rd, 2013 at 20:23 | #32

    A harp does come in handy.

  33. kathy
    May 3rd, 2013 at 20:25 | #33

    My brother was born in 58

  34. kathy
    May 3rd, 2013 at 20:40 | #34


  35. Barbara Jacobs
    May 3rd, 2013 at 21:59 | #35
  36. Melissa
    May 3rd, 2013 at 22:09 | #36

    I am so jealous! I’ve been out 3 times and nothing. Today for 3 hours. None in the regular spots. No new patches. I expected a bumper crop with all the downed trees from last year’s storm.

    Maybe I could bribe your Mrs to come hunt for/with me, she seems to have the luck, with the promise of a bucket of my most awesome domestic blackberries. So fat they don’t finish until August. Leftovers from when our place was a blackberry farm 40 years ago.