Keep the Mind Young- the daily challenge -June 22nd, 2023

The morning kicked off with a dash of chaos. The alarm blared at 5:00, but I, against my usual nature, fell back into the sweet embrace of slumber. Naturally, I jolted awake at 5:50 to a text demanding my presence on a bike ride scheduled for 6:00. I promised to summon all my punctuality powers and dashed off, but alas, when I arrived at 6:02, the bikers had vanished. Poof!

Deflated but undeterred, I retraced my steps to take Griffin (my trusty canine companion) for his usual stroll. However, destiny had something else in store for me. As we strolled back home, I felt a magnetic pull toward the woods. And there, lo and behold, under my very feet, resting upon a decaying log, were the most splendid “Chicken of the woods” mushrooms. Cue the celestial chorus of good fortune!

In a state of disbelief, I snapped some pictures and promptly shared them with my wiser-than-me friend, seeking confirmation of my edible treasure. And behold! He confirmed that these indeed were the elusive “Chickens” of the fungal realm. Victory!

With a spring in my step and anticipation in my heart, I hurried back home, armed with a trusty knife, ready to harvest those magnificent mushrooms for a delectable dinner. Oh, the culinary delights that awaited us! You can find the recipe I used below:


  • Chicken of the Woods mushrooms
  • Olive oil or melted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: herbs and spices of your choice (such as thyme, garlic powder, or paprika)


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Clean the mushrooms thoroughly, ensuring there are no dirt or debris on them. Trim any tough or woody parts.
  3. Cut the mushrooms into desired sizes or leave them in larger pieces, depending on your preference.
  4. Toss the mushrooms in a bowl with olive oil or melted butter, ensuring they are evenly coated. Add salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices you desire for flavor.
  5. Place the mushrooms on a baking sheet or in a baking dish, arranging them in a single layer.
  6. Bake the mushrooms in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until they are tender and slightly golden brown. Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness and size of the mushrooms.
  7. Once cooked, remove the mushrooms from the oven and let them cool slightly before serving.

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