Last Friday my mother-in-law and I went into our local woods and forged for mushrooms. This was my first time, and I am very excited to pick up this skill. Something about being able to march into the woods and find food (especially such delicious food) just really appeals to me.
We had heard from another neighbor that golden chanterelles were coming up after all the rain we'd been having, so that's what we were looking for.
According to the all-knowing wikipedia:
The golden chanterelle is perhaps the most sought-after and flavorful chanterelle, and many chefs consider it on the same short list of gourmet fungi as truffles and morels. It therefore tends to command a high price in both restaurants and specialty stores. In 1836, the Swedish mycologist Elias Fries considered the chanterelle "as one of the most important and best edible mushrooms."
Yum! We used the mushrooms we found to make a wild mushroom, pear, and havarti pizza. It was so good!