Friday October 24, 2014: Mushroom Photographer Taylor Lockwood

10670076_825993194099708_1913858463900397595_n Experience the passion of the world’s leading mushroom photographer. Travel with Taylor across the globe to hunt and find  the most beautiful bioluminescent mushrooms  in countries such as Brazil, China, Madagascar,  New Zealand, Australia, and America. Taylor’s thirty year career in mushroom photography has given him stories from most parts of the globe, and some of the most alluring images of mushrooms ever taken. Be inspired to follow your own dreams.

Cascade Mycological Society Wild Mushroom Cookbook

The Cascade Mycological Society (CMS), a large and involved community of fungi devotees in and around Lane County, announces the release of their wild mushroom cookbook. It feature over 100 one-of-a-kind recipes, plus anecdotes, tips, and photographs, featuring foraged, wild-crafted mushrooms from our geographic region.

This book is dedicated to Freeman Rowe, whose love of learning and teaching the beauty and diversity of fungi has touched so many of us.  It is the product of two years of recipe collecting and many memorable, pot luck dinners that gave CMS members the opportunity to savor the majority of the dishes in the book while communing with their fellow lovers of fungi. The book is organized by season and contains beautiful color photographs.

The book will be available for purchase at the Mushroom Festival. All profits from the sale of the book will go towards supporting the CMS grant and scholarship programs.

A sample recipe from contributor Barb Danko follows:

Chanterelle Muffins

Chanterelle Squares or Muffins

  • 4 heaping cups of sliced Chanterelles (bite-size pieces)
  • 1 cup baking mix (or 1 cup flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, ½ tsp. salt)
  • ½ cup grated parmesan, plus more for top
  • 2 or 3 tsp. Garlic Lover’s Garlic* or your favorite garlic spice mix (salt free) to taste
  • Salt to taste (¾ tsp. or less)
  • Pepper to taste
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Mix dry ingredients including cheese in large bowl; mix egg and oil in small bowl; add egg mixture to dry ingredients and mix; add mushrooms and mix. Dump and spread into greased 8 x 8 inch pan. It will be very thick — it’s almost all mushroom.

Sprinkle more cheese on top. Bake in a 375° oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into 12 squares. Serve warm. You can also make these in a muffin tin. Baking time would be less.

Note: These are even better re-heated. Re-heat the cut portions on a sheet pan in oven or toaster oven. All the sides get nice and brown this way.


CMS Meeting: “Understanding of the life cycle of Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi” Thursday, September 11, 2014

At September’s meeting, Jade Florence will discuss her PhD thesis research focused on the enhanced understanding of the life cycle of Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi, the fungal causal agent of mummy berry disease of blueberry. By understanding the environmental cues that drive overwintering, she seeks to interfere with the pseudosclerotium’s ability to sense environmental change through use of mulching. Jade works in collaboration three local blueberry farms and partnership with the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP).

Meet at  7:00 pm, room 115, Science Building (Building 16) at Lane Community College in Eugene. There will be a mushroom show and tell identification session prior to the speaker. Bring what’s in your basket, edible or not, and learn from the experienced members of our community.  The talk is free and open to the public.

Speaker Bio:

I am interested in the use of cultural control, biocontrol, and integrated pest management to manage agricultural fungal pathogens. Before pursuing my graduate degree at Oregon State University, I worked as a field assistant in both large-scale and small-scale organic agricultural settings. In addition to conducting research, I also blog about my research at the OSU Mummy Berry IPM Blog at

The Telluride Mushroom Festival 2014

The 33rd Telluride Mushroom Festival–August 16 through August 19, 2014–with Pre-Conference Workshops on August 15th, celebrates the multitude of uses of fungi (all things mycology).

The Telluride Mushroom Festival has been an annually recurring celebration of all things fungal the past 32 years in the high, summer-wet mountains of southwestern Colorado. Mushroom hunts, a mushroom display, mushroom cookery, mushroom talks and discussions, and a mushroom-costume parade through town are just some of the highlights of this annual 4 day mushroom festival.

NAMA (North American Mycological Association) Annual Foray

In October, the North American Mycological Association annual foray will convene at Camp Arnold in Eatonville, Washington, which lies close to great mushrooming habitat in national forest lands of the Cascades Mountains and Mt. Rainier National Park.

Paul Stamets to be keynote speaker

Fungal visionary Paul Stamets will be the keynote speaker at the foray, and PSMS scientific advisor Steve Trudel will be the foray mycologist. For over 30 years, Paul Stamets has been a dedicated mycologist in the Pacific Northwest and is internationally recognized for his contributions in mycology and the environment. He has been called a visionary for his beliefs that a deeper knowledge of fungi can help solve many of the world’s pollution problems, which is the topic of his popular 2008 TED Talk that has been seen by millions. Paul coined the term Read more »

CMS Spring Potluck: Morel Stuffing Party & Grill Out

photo by Sandor Lau

photo by Sandor Lau

CMS Members are cordially invited to attend the CMS Cookbook Spring Potluck.

Bring a favorite dish featuring spring mushrooms and the recipe used to make it or bring a stuffing for the mushrooms. We will have piping bags and a table set up with fresh morels for grilling.

Entries will be photographed and possibly included in our local mushroom cookbook and journal, scheduled for release in the fall.

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CMS Meeting: “Diversity, Ecology, and Conservation of Truffle Fungi in Forests of the Pacific Northwest” Thursday, April 10, 2014

Randy Molina

Randy Molina

At the CMS April meeting, Randy Molina will present his informative talk “Diversity, Ecology, and Conservation of Truffle Fungi in Forests of the Pacific Northwest”. This presentation summarizes five decades of truffle research by the Corvallis Forest Mycology program and emphasizes the historical development of truffle science by mycologists over the last 100 years, truffle diversity and importance in forest ecosystems, and management principles to sustain this valuable fungal resource.

April 10, 2014 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm @ Lane Community College, Room 115, Science Building #16

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Spring Sale: Handcrafted Morel Earrings

Now through the end of the month, our morel earrings are $15 per pair, including shipping. All proceeds from earring sales benefit the Freeman Rowe Scholarship Fund to help those that contribute to the advancement of mycology.

Most Mushrooms (without earring wire), are 3/4 inch to 1 inch in length, but sizes and shape may vary. The size of each earring set are made to match. All product materials are non-toxic. Earrings are shipped in ready to gift packaging and includes a description of the wild mushroom depicted.