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Wild of the Week: Puffball

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Is this WOTW or Mushroom of the Week, Joe Kalas sent?


Kalas sent this of his friends Karl and Lee Krizka.

``They were out in the woods in western Cook County taking a walk with Lee's service dog, Merlot, on Sunday when they spotted this beauty!'' Kalas emailed. ``Karl cooked it in butter with some herbs and vegetables from his garden. Served along side some pork cooked with apples and onions, the puffball made a delicious side dish.''

Send nominations for WOTW, the occasional celebration of wild things around Chicago outdoors on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page, to

Usually this time of the year, I am running Buck of the Week: Unplugged, but this photo was too interesting to pass up.

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are these things really edible ? I hunt mushrooms and find these all over but they just don,t seem to appeal to me. How do you prepare and cook them?

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