Thursday, May 7, 2015


It's that glorious time of year again when the magical morel mushroom makes its awe-inspiring appearance, and my husband and his dad sure hit the bumper crop during their latest forage for these golden nuggets. Searching for them is harder than you might think as they like to hide under brush and twigs (see below photo) and the woodland terrain can be rigorous. Undeterred by this challenge, the intrepid duo emerged victorious from their mushroom-hunting excursion, bringing back more than 100 of them! Dad put them into gallon bags and only kept about 10 of them and let us have the rest. How lucky am I? My husband doesn't eat many, so I end up eating the lion's share of them. I'll eat these goodies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until they're all gone as you want to eat them as fresh as possible.

As soon as my husband returned with this golden harvest, I got right to cleaning them in time for dinner.

It's hard to imagine a more memorable meal than one with morels. They're the cream of the mushroom crop—or for that matter any food! Typically, I sauté mine in butter. I love the mixture of their crunchy exterior with their soft, spongy interior.

Because of my kidney condition, I have to limit my intake of fried foods. So lately, I've been baking these beauties instead. I do miss the buttery flavor but they taste equally divine freshly baked since it's the mushroom's inherent flavor—and not really the butter—that I truly love. These are dipped in egg, then covered with Panko breadcrumbs (I use about 1 cup for my whole batch—I typically eat about 20 mushroom for one meal, depending on their size). Like many mushrooms, morels are very nutritious. They are low in calories (just 20 calories per cup) plus they are packed with iron and potassium (the latter is something I especially need and is now the only medication I have to take). Here is what they look liked baked:

It must have been my day as that same afternoon, my crazy cat lady outfit—a delightful black-and-white cat dress and two pairs of low heels—arrived in the mail. A few weeks ago, I noticed the company that sells the cat shoes was having a 25 percent off sale with free shipping. The shoes fit perfectly and are so comfortable for heels. I bought the dress because it reminds me of Teddy, my sweet black kitty who passed away last year. The dress will come in handy for my goal to wear more dresses this spring and summer. So far, I have worn 10 new dresses in the past month. I wear them anywhere from church to a simple trip to the post office. As one fashionable friend told me, you don't have a special occasion to wear a dress, and you know, she's right. It's about wearing what makes you feel good and quite frankly, that's all that matters.