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September 19th, 2012

After reading an article on these unusual fungi, Josiah prompted Jon to take him hunting for puffballs. Yes, I will admit that I was skeptical, at first, to prepare these strange looking things, but Jon convinced me that they were edible. Besides, he was so determined to eat these with the boys, I convinced Sonia that we did not want to be left behind if they died, so we dined on them as well. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised that we did not keel over after dinner or writhe in the night until we drew our last breath, and so now prepare them willingly with a light heart.  

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After washing, I slice the puffball like a loaf of bread, dip each slice in beaten egg, dredge in flour seasoned with salt, pepper, red pepper, and Parmesan cheese, and then fry in butter.  

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Puffballs are white, tan, or gray, round or pear-shaped fungi that appear in late summer and fall. When you first spy one you will be amazed at these peculiar fungi which can measure over 12 inches in diameter. Sliced from top to bottom, the puffball should be entirely white with no apparent features, similar to a slice of white bread. Do not eat if there is any yellowing or browning inside nor if there is a stalk, cap, or gills as these are poisonous. For more information, check out Edible and Poisonous mushrooms at www.mdc.mo.gov/nathis/mushrooms/mushroom.com.