This thing is huge ... 3.6 pounds huge!
Chicken of the Woods. A mushroom that sprouts from dead wood in the summer. This was my first experience with mushroom foraging, so I was a bit nervous. In our Facebook conversation, Marianne was positive about the ID, and she said, "FANTASTIC!!! And very edible. Enjoy!"
All I had to do to ready this behemoth to cook and eat, after I harvested it from the yard, was to break it apart, discard the center woody bits, wash the pieces and let them dry. I test tasted a few small pieces, after I cooked them thoroughly in a little bit of butter. YUMMY!!!
The massive mushroom yielded four one-quart plastic bags full of pieces ... two for me, and two that I shared with friends. For supper that night, I made steak and broccoli stir fry, with a good-sized helping of Chicken of the Woods mushrooms added to it.
Thin slices of mushroom cooked first ...
... then I added the steamed broccoli and grilled steak.
For breakfast this morning, I made mushroom and cheese omelettes.