volume 2

The Mushroom Cookbook of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club is packed full with 50 great wild mushroom recipes.  Thanks to everyone who submitted recipes to make this project a success.

  • The first section covers baskets, knives, walking sticks, and field cleaning mushrooms.
  • The second section is on preparing, home cleaning, freezing, drying, marinating, and canning.
  • The third section contains 50 wild mushroom recipes, including such things as:  Morels Stuffed with Crabmeat, Black Trumpet Dip, Stuffed Horse Mushrooms, Unfried Breaded Oyster Mushrooms, Pleurotus Ostreatus Won Ton, Sparassis Roast Beef, Puffball Lasagna, and the following sample recipe:

Hot Sparassis Cheese Squares

2 T oil
½ c onion
1 clove garlic
1 lb sparassis, chopped
2 cups sliced button mushrooms

Beat 4 eggs to a froth.

Add :
¼ c breadcrumbs
8 oz provolone/mozarella cheese
2 T parsley
salt, pepper
¼ t. oregano

Coat an 8 x 11 baking dish with oil.
Mix everything together and place in the dish.
Bake at 325 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Each cookbook has 40-pages, is a soft-cover 5½ x 8½ inch book, and is printed in black and white. The cost is a mere $6, including tax, plus $1.50 shipping and handling.  Club price $5, including tax, plus $1.50 shipping and handling.  Save the shipping and handling charges by picking up a copy of the cookbook at one of our club meetings or a club walks.  Please send a check payable to the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club to John Plischke, 129 Grant Street, Greensburg, PA 15601.

The cookbook can also be purchased at the Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve at their excellent nature store.


There were many fine entries in the t-shirt contest: the drawing below, by our secretary Joyce Gross, was the one selected for our mushroom club t-shirt. Great job, Joyce! The t-shirt entry has since become our club logo.


There is also a t-shirts on demand from cafepress.


We highly recommend two places to buy your books. The best place is the excellent nature bookstore at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, our headquarters.  They have a wide variety of different types of nature books.  Mushrooms, birds, and butterflies, all can be found there.  There is nothing like picking the book up in your hands and browsing to know whether it is the right book for you. If Beechwood Farms doesn’t have a book in stock and can’t order it, we suggest that you use Amazon.

WPMC recently registered with AmazonSmile, so that Amazon purchases can benefit WPMC. Whenever you shop at Amazon, just designate the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club as your charity, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to WPMC. “Same products, same prices, same service.” It’s easy to get started with this link.