About Alan McClelland

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2013 OMS Appreciation

There comes a time when you have to take a moment in your life and reflect on those people that made you feel good, even if it was for just one day or an entire year for that matter. I have met a lot of wonderful and interesting people since I have joined OMS a little over three years ago. I have witnessed several people come and go throughout many of our forays in those years, many of which provided a wealth of knowledge and insight to my mycological fascination. So this year, I decided I would start finally express those OMS members that made our club not only exciting this past year, but insightful and fun for many of us. I personally give thanks to…

MaritaKing_at_HHillsMarita King for bringing unsurpassed dedication and eagerness to OMS and stellar fungi photographs for all of us to enjoy! Plus, all those recipes are pretty awesome as well.

HughUrban_Nancy_maya_2013Hugh Urban and Nancy Jesser for bringing a multitude of fungi knowledge on species to our mini-forays, being completely organized in the field, and knowledge some of the best hunting grounds for edibles in Ohio. Plus some excellent photos along the way! Welcome back long time members!

KarenKelley_MikeNagy1Karen Kelley and Mike Nagy for being the most dedicated OMS members in attendance to this very day. The guys I always enjoy seeing as they never miss an OMS foray! Plus, they travel all over the States for other larger Fungi related events and cultivate several varieties of edibles throughout the year.

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BryanLewisLaura Wilson and Bryan Lewis for their unsurpassed dedication to the wonderful world of edible Ohio fungi! And being some of the coolest new members I have met in the past years!

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Dan Molter for finding and photographing some of the most unique and beautiful species of mushrooms that can be found in Ohio. Plus, Dan knows his mushroom species for sure– just ask him!

NicolasCopley_2013Nicolas Copely for his intensity of hunting for wild edibles in Ohio and knowledge and some awesome spots in central Ohio. Plus one of our most ambitious new members to say the least with a vast knowledge in edible plants, berries and herbs.

PeteRichards_2Pete Richards for his undeniable eagerness in finding and photographing unique species in the field and knowledge of wild edibles. This long time member knows his fungi!

DebShankland_2013Deb Shankland for being one of the most dedicated and kind fellow board members I have known since I started with OMS. Deb never misses a foray and finding her share of wild edibles!

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B. Mielke for his masterful jedi skills over our OMS website for many years and getting us merged into the modern era with WordPress. A true Jedi Web Master!

DickGrimm_2013_AHMAnd lastly, but certainly not in the least. The truest of true Ohio fungiphiles and a lifetime of dedication and knowledge to Ohio Mushroom Society—Dick Grimm! Thank you again for your stellar interview for all of us to enjoy!

-Alan McClelland

Board members and members alike, feel free to continue the appreciation along in our comments box below to this post!

November Mushrooms of the Month

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Welcome to the November installment of Mushrooms of the Month. As many of us already know as winter sets in, several mushrooms species cease to exist during the upcoming colder months. But there are a few new species that unfold … Continue reading

Forgotten Wonders Beneath the Trees . autumnal series II

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This is the fifth installment of this five part series that I captured between early—mid October of 2011-12. Although this is a spectacular season to get out and find fascinating and colorful fungi, it is also the season that I … Continue reading

October Mushrooms of the Month

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Welcome to the October installment of Mushrooms of the Month. Ok, if you haven’t got out at all this year or attended any OMS forays, you might want to consider getting out this month! This is prime time for some … Continue reading

Forgotten Wonders Beneath the Trees • autumnal series I

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This is the fourth installment of this five part series that I captured from early September to early October of 2011-12. Ever enchanting colors unfold on the forest floor as the leaves start to slowly decay with wonderful richness. Much … Continue reading

2013 OMS Summer Foray at Penitentiary Glen Reservation

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By Dave Miller

The weekend began with about 16 or so (many of them Board members) at Kirtland City Tavern to enjoy their menu and libations, where appropriate.  During Friday night and Saturday am the area was subjected to a series of rather fierce thunderstorms.  As it was still raining at 8:30 am, we think that many folks decided the foray had been canceled, at least that was our explanation for the low turnout, despite the wet summer which promised many specimens.

We convened at 9 am.  After coffee and a variety of baked goods, Pat Morse spoke about the site and some DO’s and DON’T’s, especially as the storms made some of the cliffside areas slippery.  Jerry Pepera outlined the day’s agenda, which was printed on half-sheets of paper, with a map of the area on the obverse side. Several groups explored different section of Pen Glen in the am, while a group visited Holden Arboretum and Chapin Forest in the pm.

Walt gave his usual excellent slide show on Fantastic Fungi. Amongst his beautiful photos Walt mentioned that folks do four different things with their fungal finds:  picking, kicking, fixing, and pixing.  Which category do you fit in?  … I guess you can do more than one of those things.

We reconvened at the Kirtland City Tavern, with the following attending:  Jerry & Cathy Pepera, Marita King, Bob Bartoletta, Mike Nagy & Karen Kelley, Marita King, Alan McClelland, Pete Richards, Deb Shankland, Martha Bishop, Dick & Judy Doyle, Walt Sturgeon, Alex, Jill, & Ryan Conway, Ian Adams, and Marie Anderson-Miller and I. Other attendees included Paul Balog, Brian Lewis & Laura Wilson, Bonnie Boyd, Ryan Vincent, and Bobby Hancock. Sunday am we catalogued the species list, Pete & Pauline Munk helping out (they’d also joined us for Friday dinner).

Deb Shankland did a yeoman’s job setting up breakfasts both Sat. & Sun. as well as getting the noon potluck on the table.  Many thanks to her pitching in, taking Sharon Greenberg & Shirley McClelland’s place.

For a glimpse of more of the beautiful things we encountered view the link below

2013 OMS Summer Foray at Penitentiary Glen Reservation Overview by Alan McClelland

2013 OMS Pen Glen Summer Foray species list

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Marita’s Hericium Fried Rice

By Marita King

ingredients:
1 Hericium of your choice ( H. coralloides, H. erinaceus or H. americanum)
1-2 Tbsp butter
1/2 small onion chopped
1-2 cups of cooked brown rice
pepper and salt to taste

Find Hericium species of choice (H. coralloides shown below)
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Rinse and chop the mushroom. Hericium coralloides - Marita 2

Saute chopped onion in butter, add mushroom and cook until lightly browned.  Hericium coralloides - Marita 3 Hericium coralloides - Marita 4

Season mixture, add boiled or steamed rice, fry a couple of minutes and serve!
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Marita’s Mushroom Quiche

Marita's Mushroom QuicheBy Marita King

I make this quiche without a pie crust but that’s just for saving extra calories.  I use any mushrooms, herbs, and cheeses that are handy at the time; the low-fat cottage cheese is optional for calorie savers and can be replaced with regular cheese.  Addition of bacon and/or lightly steamed vegetables adds variety.

Mushroom Medley:  Start with 1 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp of olive oil, saute ½ chopped onion, add chopped fresh garlic to taste and at least one pound of mushrooms cut into small pieces.  Cook the mix until the mushrooms have exuded most of their liquid.  Add 2 Tbsp Marsala (optional), 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 Tbsp soy sauce, and fresh ground pepper to taste.  Simmer and reduce mix to dryness.

Egg/Cheese Mix:   In a big bowl mix 4 eggs, 1 cup shredded cheese, ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper, fresh chopped chives and parsley.

Combine mushroom medley and egg mix, pour into a pie dish, bake 30-35 min at 375F.  Let cool at least 15 min before serving.

September Mushrooms of the Month

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Welcome to the September installment of Mushrooms of the Month. As the season starts to transition and become slightly cooler,  a new crop of species start to unveil themselves throughout the forest floor. Several bold new species align with the … Continue reading