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    Small button or cremini mushrooms usually have the most dirt. I suppose I should just try peeling them. Wild mushrooms, like chanterelles, I don't even bother with because their shape doesn't tend to trap a lot of dirt, from my experience.
    Huh? My impression is the opposite, especially with chanterelles and morels. I've had little insect larva pop out of morels before.
     
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    Huh? My impression is the opposite, especially with chanterelles and morels. I've had little insect larva pop out of morels before.
    Generally speaking, I find that the wild mushrooms I buy from Whole Foods are usually cleaner than the conventionally grown cremini or button mushrooms. The dirt just doesn't seem to stick to them as much as it does with traditional mushrooms--less moisture, or something. I find myself spending inordinate amounts of time rubbing the caps of cremini's with a brush to clean the dirt off, whereas something like a chanterelle I can often use straight from the bag. Anyway, if the mushrooms are wild I don't really worry as much about getting them as clean as I would conventionally grown--unless, of course, I see larvae .
     
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    Morels can have some gross shit in them. Wash in warm water quickly. If they absorb a bit it is ok, because the texture is never going to be meaty like a cep.
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    ^^ Can you make veggie bouquets? I've seen some fancy things done with radishes and carrots.

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    ^^ Can you make veggie bouquets? I've seen some fancy things done with radishes and carrots.

    Don't know. I've never tried. I suppose that if I knew the pattern I could learn it pretty easily.
     
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    I screwed around with some watermelon radishes last summer. They are a good vegetable to practice designs with.
     
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    Awesome, guys. Max, what're you making? Piob, where's the champagne?
     
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    Awesome, guys. Max, what're you making? Piob, where's the champagne?
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    I know, right? Piob, it's his birthday for crying out loud. Your meal looks great. Maybe cut the asparagus into little medallions and saute to solve the plating issue?
     
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