My parents made me a morel-lover-for-life. Growing up in rural Missouri, we spent many springs celebrating the beloved, mysterious, elusive morel. I actually had dreams about them.
The problem is... when I grew up and tried to hunt for them myself, all I ended up with was a bunch of ticks. I'm sure I did something wrong.
One year I got so excited that I spent nearly $50 on morels at the Des Moines farmers market. On my way back from Iowa to southern Missouri, I stopped at my parents' house to fry them up. My husband had never had them...and I kept telling him, "You'll love these!!"
Unfortunately, the morels were old or something. We all ended up with bubble guts. So now, my husband's impressions of morels are "meh". It's a shame.
So, this year, I'm hoping we can make the trip to Muscoda for the 33rd annual morel mushroom festival. People keep saying the weather has been great for mushrooms but what do I know?
We always fried the morels but there are a lot of great recipes out there. I nabbed this one from the folks spreading the word about this year's festival.
Morel cheese lava:
Mix the three cheeses and salt and pepper in a mixing bowl until blended, add the morel pieces and stir to incorporate. Spoon the mixture into a shallow baking dish. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir half way through the baking process. It's done when the cheese is melted. Serve warm with crackers!
Just a quick humble brag for all my co-workers -- this year we had a tremendous turnout at the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Gala. WISC swept in all major categories and had a big showing at individual and team awards.
READ: WISC named 'Station of the Year,' wins 24 other awards
It's not really a big deal but I like to pause for a second and say great work. Being a journalist is such an honor and I love being able to share stories, regardless of any award. I think the work we do is important and can be a great service to the community. Thank you for trusting us.
The following awards were won:
WISC-TV, News 3 and Channel 3000 are owned by Morgan Murphy Media.
Who doesn't like a good story?
Adam Rostad from Madison Story Slam is such a talented podcaster in Madison. I love the way he tells stories and shares yours as well.
His concept is pretty simple. He hosts events around the city and asks people to share their stories. Usually a story slam is based on a theme (like childhood memories) and a panel of judges selects a winner! But don't worry, Adam says the crowds are friendly and are always supportive of storytellers.
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We recently spent some time together talking and sharing stories, too. I am so impressed with how easy it was to talk to Adam. Some of our topics were light, others were a little more heavy. Eiither way, I hope you enjoy the stories.