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What is a mushroom sandwich?Posted Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at 10:07 AM
To put it simply, I don't get it.
I have lived in Indiana my entire life.
I have tried all kinds of different food.
But the one thing I have never tried is a mushroom sandwich.
In fact, until recently, the thought of eating a mushroom sandwich had never crossed my mind.
When I was younger, my mom used to tell me of her escapades with her brothers and parents as they slithered through the woods looking for morel mushrooms.
My grandparents would talk about getting a huge batch and saving them for later as they would make for great lunches.
I have been in the newspaper business for several years and I have taken several photographs of people who have found unbelievably large mushrooms.
Recently, I overheard my fiancÚ talking to her brother about eating a mushroom sandwich.
The first thought that crossed my mind was, "What?"
They talked about it like it was an everyday occurrence.
And they were amazed that I had never eaten a mushroom sandwich.
I'm still not sure that is something I would want to digest.
But it does sound intriguing.
Go ahead, laugh all you want. I'm sure it sounds strange. A native Hoosier who has never gone mushroom hunting.
I admit it. I've never taken to the woods looking for mushrooms.
It just never sounded like a whole lot of fun.
I can remember a great uncle of mine who would come to my grandparents' home after an entire day of hunting for mushrooms and ginseng.
He'd have a full basket of the stuff.
He'd talk about how he planned to cook the mushrooms. And all the while, I couldn't help but think, "no thanks. I think I'll pass."
You tell me: What am I missing?
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