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Wild about Mushrooms

I remember my Mom and Dad foraging in the yard and woods for various wild mushrooms when we lived on the farm in Pickerington.  

Then later, when we moved to Louisville, the neighbors all thought they were crazy for picking wild mushrooms.  They always gave Mom and Dad warnings about how risky it was.  Thankfully, that didn’t stop my parents.

Early Greeks and Romans are thought to be the first cultivator’s of mushrooms, using them in numerous dishes.  Today there are more than 70,000 thousand varieties, shapes and sizes of mushrooms with only a very small fraction of them being edible.  

So, if you’re not familiar with the types of mushrooms, only forage for them with someone that can identify them and whom you would entrust your life!

A much quicker way to forage for mushrooms is to go to the grocery store like I do.  Then they make their way onto the top of a pizza, into salads and casseroles or my favorite way, sautéed.  

Here’s my way of sautéing them:

Sautéed Mushrooms


1 pound button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste


Heat oil and butter in a heavy skillet over high heat.
When the butter and oil is very hot and frothy; add the mushrooms.
Do not let the butter burn; be ready to toss in the mushrooms quickly.
Sauté the mushrooms for about 5-6 minutes, tossing them, until they absorb the butter and oil.
Add garlic powder and salt and pepper.
Continue sautéing for another 3-4 minutes; shake the pan and toss the mushrooms. 
They will start to release the fat and now they should be browned nicely. 
Remove them from the skillet and serve.


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  1. When I was little we would hunt for morels and dry them and we had woodsear mushrooms in our back yard, so I can relate! I love mushrooms so much that apparently, I used to eat them out of the can when I was a kid...
    your saute sounds lovely!

  2. When I was a kid, I hated mushrooms (texture issue). I still don't like them raw, but I love them sauteed like this!

  3. We use to "hunt" for mushrooms when I was a kid too! I so loved it when we would find the right ones and take them home and my dad would saute them! mmmmmm....that brings back great memories! Too bad Chris just hates mushrooms, I'd probably eat them with every meal!!

  4. I'm wild about mushrooms too! sandie

  5. These look delicious! I love mushrooms!! I like to add a little borsin cheese in with mine!

  6. Mushrooms are one of God's special foods:-) Yum Yum Diane

  7. Nice recipe - I've just picked my first Porcini of the year - hopefully, the first of many ( for the sordid details!)

    Love your blog but... it doesn't half make me hungry!

  8. I forage in the market as well. I have friends who gather chanterelles in the fall but I've never tried it. I love sauteed mushrooms.

  9. I'm not a mushroom fan but you made them look delicious!!

  10. i'm also a mushroom fan. just had peppered mushrooms yesterday!!!

  11. My favorites corn on the cob and mushroom. Pretty simple ans easy recipe Mary, thanks for sharing.Take care.

  12. Delicious mushrooms i like them.
    Have a nice day

  13. I LOVE mushrooms! Sautéed, on pizza. I could eat sautéed mushrooms alone for an entire meal. Yummy!

  14. While exotic varieties of 'shrooms are fun and tasty, I use a lot of button mushrooms. My go-to for other purposes are dried shiitakes, meaty and full of umami.

  15. What a beautiful idea! I love mushrooms sautéed in butter, but I never thought to add garlic powder! Next time I'll try!

  16. My lawn sprouts mushrooms prolifically. I sure wish I knew if they were good ones!

  17. I do my foraging in the grocery store. I'd probably pick one that would make me sick otherwise. At one time we grew shiitakes on oak logs, but that's the closest to foraging I've ever gotten. Would love to know enough about it to be comfortable!

  18. I can never make a steak and not have sauteed mushrooms on the side! We love mushrooms here but I've never been able to find any other than puff balls in our woods.

  19. Oh, your whole dish looks so yummy! The corn (steam?) and the mushrooms are my favourite!!

  20. Those look good! I love mushrooms.

  21. I love mushrooms too. I'll take these with a nice steak please.

  22. I am a huge fan of mushrooms...had a wonderful little stand at the Baltimore farmer's market that we frequented often. How much fun to forage your own!

  23. Me encantan los champiñones, aquí se ven riquisimos.


  24. Mushrooms are SOOO very good for you! Foraging at the grocery store...haha I like it. I love the way you prepared them tasty.

  25. What a delicious blog!

    Thank YOU for finding mine...

    Aloha from Waikiki :)

    Comfort Spiral

  26. Foraging is one of my favourite activities, and for, especially porcini!!!

    I love all mushrooms!

  27. Foraging is one of my favourite activities, and for, especially porcini!!!

    I love all mushrooms!

  28. Pam I love the simplicity of way you prepared the sure sound so yummie!

  29. This is a meal my husband would love. Your mushrooms look perfect.

  30. I swear I could eat sauteed mushrooms on anything. I'll admit that my foraging for mushrooms always happens at the grocery store because I'm too scared to try any mushroom I'd find in the wild.

  31. I love mushrooms! I like to saute mushrooms and onions and serve them with yummy grilled steaks.

    Pam, I have been so busy I haven't been able to leave comments but I am reading your blog everyday. Bill left a really funny comment on my blog about the Spam Mac and Cheese Pizza. It made me laugh!

  32. so crazy, this is so similar to what my family had for dinner last night!! the whole kitchen was smelling heavenly! and corn on the cob is addictive, especially with mushroom <3

  33. I love fresh mushrooms and yours definitely look delicious!

  34. Although fresh mushroom is quite expensive over here, but still I will buy a packet of fresh button mushroom every week.

  35. Sauteed mushroom is one of my favorites although I should admit that never really tasted any wild mushrooms in my life..

    Thanks for sharing...

    Sawadee from bangkok,

  36. Thanks for following my blog!!
    I've always wanted to pick wild mushrooms! I don't think you can do that here...we don't get a lot of interesting mushroom here =[ And even if there are, they're really expensive =[ But I love mushrooms- these look delicious!!

  37. I'm crazy about mushrooms too, but I would never be brave enough to hunt them. How fun that your parents were able to share their mushroom information with you.

  38. Crazy about mushrooms here, too! Yours looks so good!

  39. I sure couldn't identify them in the wild, but know how to cook up the ones I find in the produce aisle. LOL


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