BARBECUE. Just hearing the word makes me think of big skies, backyards and horseshoes. Grills blazing, smoke bellowing, beer drinking, lazy days with family and friends. In the mountains, on the coast, no matter what regional style BBQ, the common thread is good grub and bringing people together.


If you haven’t noticed yet (you soon will), we’re crazy about mushrooms and the capabilities that lie within the magic those fungi possess. Today we’re talking about Maitake mushrooms. They’re available at specialty retailers like Whole Foods or some farmers markets and online for sure. When you’re purchasing Maitakes, look for ones in full cluster form—the bigger the better—shoot to aim for the size about the size of a chicken breast. The ones you an get online or even at Asian markets come in a cello pack and can be cut in half to make two breasts.