When I was a kid, I’d sometimes go picking mushrooms with my parents. (Well, I did before I got old enough to really mind the mosquitoes. Die, evil enemies!*)

Anyway, the prettiest ones were, of course, never edible. Like this fellow:

Or this one:

Pretty, eh?

But regardless of the disappointments of locating specimens like the above and not getting to pick them, I always had a great fondness for mushrooms. (Yes, the edible kind!) So I can’t help but be thrilled when I get a delivery like this one:

Porcini mushrooms

Porcini muschrooms (c) Sara Thorn

Procini mushrooms from Italy! Ah, I have died and gone to heaven.

Now, off to make pasta ai funghi, mushroom pasta! Yum.

*Yes, yes, I know mosquitoes are useful food for birds and what not, but still…

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