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False chanterelle, Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca.  The difference is the gills (on the false) vs rounded ridges (on the chanterelle).  (<a href="http://theforagerpress.com/fieldguide/jack.htm" rel="nofollow">Here's a vis...

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More on Mahlep from Wikipedia:

&quot;The cherry stones are cracked to extract the seed kernel, which is about 5 mm diameter, soft and chewy on extraction, but ground to a powder before use. Its strong aroma means that it only need be used in ...

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The black dots are  <a href="http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/oct2007.html" rel="nofollow">tar spot fungus</a>.  The fungus mainly lives on fall maple leaves, Jim said.  The ring of green is because the fungu...

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Then in the midst of the bird area, there is this weird structure with this slightly incongruous Miami Vice element.

Not included in these pictures is a shot of a bird that was quite active there, a Belted Kingfisher. I didn't know what it w...

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Here are some of the classic spices used in Indian cooking. The spices are used for flavorings, of course, but Karuna also noted that much of Indian cooking is built around Ayurvedic principles, so they are also being used to help maintain good he...

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This is a FALSE CHANTERELLE. Suck it, Nature, I am totally onto you.

(<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lacatholique/4062846973/in/set-72157622582508127/">It's the gills that give it away</a>.)

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Eggplants aka brinjal. Does not have the seeds of Western eggplant, so is less bitter. Buy firm ones with few blemishes and can store for up to a week. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/Minty-Sweet-and-Sour-Eggplant-Aubergine-11...

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Paczki are Polish sweets, like a filled doughnut. In the US, Polish-Americans (and fried dough lovers) celebrate Paczki Day on Fat Tuesday.  This involves eating a lot of paczki. 

From <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%c4%85czki&quo...

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This is the Anadolu Folk Dance Group. The dance involves the men switching back and forth from small intricate steps to big movements forward and back. (Notice the kids moved their chairs all forward to have the thrill of avoiding boots.) The move...

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Irina says: <em>&quot;On the left (plastic tubs with brown lids) is <strong>chocolate-flavored butter</strong>&nbsp;[Leslie's note:!!!!!!!!!]- a favorite with Russian kids! I make it at home sometimes by mixing regul...

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Asafoetida is comes from the dried sap of stems and roots of this plant. It is sold either in lumps, granules or a powder in which its been combined with rice flour and tumeric.  It's an important spice in Ayurveda, one whose powerful sulfuro...

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<strong>Karela, bitter melon or balsam pear</strong>. 

From Bladhom: More jagged and narrower than Chinese variety of bitter melon.&nbsp; Brighter green and younger are better. Older, yellowish ones are tough with fibrous cores. W...

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Our guide for this market tour was Juan Monteil of <a href="http://www.elquetzalseattle.com/" rel="nofollow">El Quetzal</a>. &nbsp; Juan is a great guy, so friendly and warm, and happy to share his knowledge. Ju...

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Irina noted that Lifeway, a company based in Chicago and started by a Russian immigrant, is a big producer of Russian dairy products. The store has both plain and flavored kefirs.

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The business end of the stinging nettle leaf is the top side, but apparently this spider is immune to the sting. That or it is a masochist spider.

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 Left: Authentic Wool Spinning Girl (Kirmenli Soğanlı Otantik Bez Bebek); right: Authentic Bride Doll (Gelin Soğanlı Otantik Bez Bebek); center: A Doll Who Shall Remain Nameless (couldn't find it online...).

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Pasilla/Poblano: Juan said these are interchangeable. There is apparently <a href="http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/469583" rel="nofollow">some debate on this</a>. But for purposes of fresh, I suppose if you see eit...

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Fenugreek=methi. These are technically a legume. Often prominent flavor in curry powders. A powerful flavor that can be tempered by roasting or frying briefly.  Aids digestion and chronic coughs, might also have positive effect on blood sugar.

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Oyster mushroom, <a href="http://www.mushroomexpert.com/pleurotus_ostreatus.html" rel="nofollow">Pleurotus ostreatus</a>.  

We found a bunch and one of the group members harvested some to take home.  

Jim said it&...

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