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​A Mushroom a Day Keeps the Dentist and Cardiologist Away

Coming to a store near you… mushroom cookies! In the last few years, several mushroom extracts have been patented for use in “dental health foods” (Kato, Kikuchi et al.; Nam ; Sekiya, Konda et al.) Imagine eating all the confections you want and never getting a cavity because the cookies are laced with mushrooms. Not only will mushrooms make cookies tooth-friendly, they [...]

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​Cream of Mushroom and Greens Soup

A gluten free and vegetarian recipe Most winters here in Tennessee, the greens in the garden last all winter long. So I'm always looking for a warm, hearty, and healthy greens recipe. I tried making this soup a couple of different ways while always tasty, it kept breaking. The key is to bring the soup to a boil [...]

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Making a simple mushroom grow chamber

So you have inoculated sterilized pf jars with

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You got a Mushroom kit for Christmas, Grew the Mushrooms, Now What?

Baked Ricotta and Mushroom Appetizer Vegetarian and Gluten Free (A Mom inspired recipe ) Last week I served some lasagna to my extended family. At the base was my Mom's original lasagna recipe, with some additions, including mushrooms, of course. She liked it so much she suggested I should publish the recipe on my blog. Rather than a large time-consuming lasagna recipe, [...]

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When is the best time to plug logs, and other nitty-gritty on mushroom log cultivation

The best time of the year to plug logs, at least here in East Tennessee, is February and March because of the weather and the sap run. Logs we have plugged this time of year have produced mushrooms in 4-5 months. However we have had success plugging logs all year just as long as logs [...]

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Inoculating PF jars with Everything Mushrooms 10cc culture syringes

Some think inoculation is a complicated process, but you don't need a hood or any fancy equipment for inoculation of jars. Just have a little respect for the task and the level of cleanliness it requires. Really much more time and care is spent preparing the jars themselves than actually inoculating them. Start by choosing a work surface where [...]

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Vitamin D - The Sunshiny, Happy Vitamin

If you suffer from the winter blues, increasing the vitamin D in your diet may be the answer to your blahs. Your skin makes vitamin D when it is exposed to sunshine. In the winter, when the days are short and most of us are stuck inside (and covered in heavy clothing when we do venture outdoors), it’s hard to get [...]

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Mushrooms in Your “Cuppa”

Delicious and refreshing. This time of year I often find myself craving a cold flavored beverage. Rather than reaching for soft-drinks, teas, or juice, I skip the calories and caffeine by drinking mushroom tea. Whether it is plain chaga or reishi tea embellished with mint and lemon balm from my garden [...]

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Cathy's Lab: Mother Nature High-Five

Eating Mushrooms Makes Mother Nature Happy. Simple things like recycling, eating local, and eating less meat do more for the environment than you might realize. Lets face it: making big life changes is rarely easy, and those are the changes most often dropped by the wayside. If you want to improve your health and the environment, [...]

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Cathy's Lab: Running Oysters - Sawdust vs Grain Spawn and Other Insights.

For simplicity, only Straw is referred to in this blog. What is meant by “Straw” is any cellulosic agricultural waste product that can be used to grow oyster mushrooms; for example corncobs, cottonseed hulls, sugarcane bagasse, nut and seed shells, legume hulls, lawn clippings, cereal straws, and the list goes on and on. $(document).ready(function() [...]

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