Fresh Morels – A Welcome Gift (I <3 California)

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It’s the little things in life that matter.  We stopped at a local business yesterday and ended up talking to the owner for quite some time while looking around.  The conversation quickly turned to food (doesn’t it always?!) and we were talking in detail about herbs and the love of cooking.  As we were checking out he stopped and said, “I have a surprise for you!”  He went out back and came back with a beat up cardboard box.  Upon opening the box I saw a pile of morel mushrooms.  He grabbed a few, put them in a bag and said “Welcome to Northern California” as he finished ringing us up.  This small act of kindness has done two things:  1)  Raised my hopes about the inherent good in humanity and 2)  Made a lifetime customer out of me

A few hours later I cooked them up.  Here’s my ridiculously simple recipe:

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • morels
  • sea salt to taste

Melt the butter in a saute pan until nice and hot.  Drop in the morels in a single layer and saute until the juices have been released.  I like a little bit of a golden edge to mine.  Once cooked, place on a plate and sprinkle with sea salt.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a more delicious snack.

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