For the September meeting the club held its annual cooking demonstration.This year Kate Lasky & Tomasz Skowronski from the under construction  Eastern European Kitchen “APTEKA” showed us how to make Polish saurkraut and mushroom pierogies. And they were amazing! When club members with eastern European family roots tell you that this is the best pierogi they have ever eaten you know its something special. There was a smoky jalapeno sauce/vinaigrette that went with the pierogies that was sublime.  We went “high tech” with a top down view of the action projected on to the wall behind the cooks.


We wish Kate & Tomasz speedy progress for the build out of APTEKA and look forward to visiting them when it is finished. In the mean time you can sample some of their food at a Pierogi NightAPTEKA will be located at 4606 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh.

The rain brought out quite a few mushrooms with a mixture of autumn mushrooms and boletes – sorry no pictures I was too busy eating pierogies.

Species list entered by La Monte Yarroll.

List of species brought into the September 2015 Meeting:

Agaricus campestris (Meadow Mushroom / Field Mushroom),
Amanita bisporigera (Destroying Angel),
Armillaria tabescens (Ringless Honey Mushroom),
Boletus discolor (),
Boletus fraternus (),
Boletus frostii (Frost’s Bolete; Candy Apple Bolete),
Boletus pallidoroseus (Bouillon Bolete),
Boletus pallidus (Pallid Bolete),
Boletus pseudosensibilis (),
Chalciporus piperatus (),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Ganoderma lucidum (Ling Chi),
Gymnopus luxurians (),
Heteroporous biennis (),
Omphalotus illudens (Jack-o’-lantern),
Phyllotopsis nidulans (),
Piptoporus betulinus (Birch Polypore),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Psathyrella velutina (),
Ramaria pusilla (),
Russula cinerascens (),
Scleroderma areolatum (),
Suillus americanus (American Slippery Jack; Chicken Fat Suillus)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Coprinopsis truncorum