Baby Chanterelle Mushrooms
How cute are these mushrooms?! One of the perks of having a booth at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market is getting to do our shopping there every Sunday. For years we walked up to the Studio City Market and bought our produce for the week. When we were accepted into the Hollywood market I was sad that our tradition would end, and I was worried about finding vendors like the ones we’d built relationships with over the years. After just a couple weeks of buying fruits and veggies at the Hollywood Market, we’re already making some new vendor friends and really enjoying all that the market has to offer. And while I love the Studio City Market, I have to admit that the Hollywood Market, being so much bigger, has so many more choices!
These amazing little mushrooms are a case in point. I don’t know if I’ve even seen baby chanterelles before, and they were so cute and looked so good that I had to buy them. I made the New Farm Vegetarian Mac & Cheese and sauteed these little guys to sprinkle on the top.
Cooking them is so easy – just melt some non-dairy margarine in a heated pan, or use olive oil if you prefer that. Spread them out in the pan and let them cook for a little while without moving them around. Once they’re starting to get nice and carmelized, you can begin stirring them or flipping the pan. Sprinkle with sea salt and keep letting them brown/flipping the pan until they’re nice and golden. You could eat them right out of the pan as a side, use them as a bruschetta topping (maybe pour in some wine halfway through cooking, and then sprinkle some fresh thyme in when they’re almost finished cooking), or sprinkle them over some awesome mac & cheese!
I read a quote the other day that said, “The only thing you can count on in life is constant change.” I keep learning this lesson, over and over again. I’m sometimes afraid of change, but I need to remember experiences like this one, where things can actually change for the better. If you resist change you can sometimes miss out on some really great stuff – like tasty baby mushrooms. And did I mention that the market also has squash blossoms?!