Chicken of the Woods

I've taken a trail near my house many times and have never come across this fungus, which was growing on a Douglas fir stump. Laetiporus conifericola has striking yellow and orange coloring, difficult to miss when approaching it. It's said to be edible and taste like chicken or crab, thus the common names chicken-of-the-woods and crab-of-the-woods, but I'm not in the... Continue Reading →

Recipe: Sautéed Chanterelles with Bacon and Cream

Now is not the chanterelle season here in the Pacific Northwest, so it was a bit of a surprise to see the wild mushrooms at Costco last week. One pound for $8.99 was too hard to pass up. Even if eating light and local is what's called for in the warm days of summer, chanterelles and smoked bacon... Continue Reading →

Vashon’s Smashing Thai Restaurant: May Kitchen

From the outside, you would never guess what the inside is like. Curtains are perpetually drawn over windows on the storefront that's half sheathed in plywood, half in brick, milk chocolate in color. There is likewise no indication that a restaurant occupies the space, let alone a Thai one. A small sign written in Thai and two elephant statues on the... Continue Reading →

Bernie and Hilary on the Same Ticket

Hillary Clinton will not pick Bernie Sanders as her running mate at the Democratic National Convention, but the pair of Bernie O'Malley and Hilary (one "L") Emmer have teamed together and were named Vashon Island's unofficial mayors for the 2016-17 term. Done obviously in fun, they capitalized on their 'name recognition' to run for the unofficial office and... Continue Reading →

Banana Slug

For a native Northwest coast mollusk, the banana slug is only spotted in the wild, it seems to me, vastly outnumbered in urban Seattle settings by the black and red slugs. The only times I've seen the bananas recently have been on forest trails where they are clearly visible as they cross your path. Yellowish in color, often... Continue Reading →

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