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  1. Armadillos are the least observant animals on the planet and that include opossums. I was on the bank of the Current a few winters ago and had an armadillo rooting around within 9 feet of me (touched it on the head with my 9' fly rod) and coming closer. I just stood there as it came towards me. Started rooting around under my wading boots then sat down on my foot. I lifted my foot about 10 inches off of the ground before it realized that it was being lifted into the air. It was the funniest thing, because once it startled it fell into the river. They can swim, but looked more like it was trying to hop from the bottom as it headed back towards the bank.

  2. 1 hour ago, abkeenan said:

    Then again I am a picture book kinda guy and don't like all the letter and words getting in the way.

    All of my picture books have been colored already.:D Need to go out and get some more. Anyone know where I can find smoke, green pumpkin, motor oil, black grape, pumpkinseed, or junebug colored crayons?

  3. I have been looking hard for black trumpets and have not found any yet. They are one of my favorites to flavor soups or stews. Dry them and powder them with a spice mill. They have a great rich mushroom flavor.

  4. I finally got enough squirrels to make the mushroom and squirrel dish that I have been thinking about with the chanterelles I have found lately. I broke down the squirrel into serving pieces (four legs and a loin piece). I dredged the pieces in a seasoned flour (powdered garlic and a little curry seasoning).and browned them in a little olive oil in a dutch oven. I rehydrated a 1/3 - 1/2 cup of dried porcini mushrooms (store bought) in two cups of chicken stock. Into the microwave for a minute to speed up the process. Added the whole amount of stock and the mushrooms into the dutch oven. Also added 1/2 cup of dry white wine to the pot. I had peeled about 16 cloves of garlic and course chopped two yellow onions and added them to the pot. The liquid covered the squirrel pieces and most of the onion. I covered the dutch oven and added it to a 350 deg oven. Cooked it for about 2 3/4 - 3 hours and checked liquid level. Added water when it got too dry. After about 3 hours added four sliced carrots and 1 1/2 pounds of course cut chanterelles. Cooked for another 30-40 minutes. Served it over wide egg noodles. The meat falls off of the bone and the chanterelles hold their texture. Little salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste. Now I can't wait to get out for more bushytails.


    Since she helped with the squirrels and picking the mushrooms, Olivia took a picture of her dish.


  5. It's been awhile since I have been on this thread. BH you definitely scored on the grilled figs. That sounds fantastic! I really like figs. They are hard to describe the taste. I think that dried figs taste a bit like dark brown sugar or molasses. Some folks think that the seeds are a bit offputting in terms of their texture.

  6. I saw this IPA at our HyVee and just had to buy it. Just by the namesake, maybe Ham would even like this beer. However, It's a pretty hoppy IPA, which I do like. I also bought their Grunion Pale Ale. Haven't tried that one yet.



  7. Temperature is now feeling like fall. Got out this morning to try to get a couple more squirrels for the mushroom and squirrel meal. They were still hitting the hickory nuts pretty hard this morning. Got this young fox squirrel and a couple of nice grays.



    It was a great morning. I Also stayed away from a bunch of these guys as well.


    The rest of this story will be posted on the What's cooking thread.

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