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Due to the bizarro weather we’ve had around here lately, Mother Nature is all out of whack. Estimates on crop losses from the orchards around here are around 90%. Other edibles that aren’t as sensitive to frosts are ahead of schedule. Take morels for example.

My usual “window” for foraging morels runs somewhere from the 21st of April to Memorial Day. This year, hubby and I started finding those elusive fungi the last week in March. These photos are actually from the first three weeks of April. We did pretty well for a while, and I did dry some to use throughout the winter, but the season that started three weeks early seems to have dried up three weeks early as well. When I went searching on Mother’s Day 2012, I found only one, and that was an accident. It had been kicked over by someone or something and dried out long before I stumbled upon it.

Despite the fact that I didn’t find any morels on this year’s hike, I didn’t come home empty-handed. Dylan and I ran into my friend Stephanie and her kids. They were looking for ramps, so we joined them. Dylan and I came home with a mesh produce bag filled with ramps (or wild leeks). I’ve used some of them in cooking since then, but my real goal was to can them. More precisely, to pickle them.

If you can find them, pickled ramps can be quite pricey. I’ve made them before and everyone that’s ever tried them loves them. However, I’ve become quite a hoarder. I dole them out sparingly to friends and family members that will appreciate them as much as I do. When we open a jar, it is hard not to eat the entire thing. Once all the delicious ramps have been devoured from the pickling brine, I add it to BBQ sauces, marinades and dressings; the flavor is exquisite.

From the bag Dylan and I brought home, I managed to can five half-pint jars. This isn’t enough for me to check #58 off of my 101 in 1001, but it is a good start. It also gets me 1.25 quarts closer to my pickle goal for #53!

For the recipe, check out my Jerked Onion recipe from the Can Jam and substitute whole ramps for the cut onions, or click here for a printable version: Jerk Pickled Ramps Printable Recipe



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Mother’s Day Hike

Have you ever been in the Right Place at the Wrong Time?  I spent a lot of time there Mother’s Day afternoon.

 I managed to find the places where all the morels were but I was too late.

  How about the Wrong Place at the Right Time?  I was there too.  One hill I search on usually has two or three of these:

False Morel

Tryin' to fake me out.

False morels usually have longer stems than true morels and the false morels are two separate pieces.  True morels are all one piece. 

False morel: cap separated from stem

False morel in two pieces

Finally after a couple of hours searching I ended up finding these:
My Mother's Day surprise

Small but rewarding harvest.

After awhile I gave up on morels and just wandered around the woods enjoying the loveliness of it.   


Flowers for Mother's Day

I looked at the Trillium and the other wildflowers and then started digging ramps.  I filled this produce bag until it burst and decided I should stop. 

Wild Leeks

Bursting at the seams!

 I’m going to pickle them Jerk-Style like I did onions for the Can Jam.   As I headed toward home I found this:

In a new spot!

Lucky me!

Mother’s Day Bonus!

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