I found a large stash of these in the woods (northeast US). I’m pretty well certain of the identification … But I was wondering if there are any problem look-alikes.

My research says probably not. Some sources mention the Jack O’Lantern, which these definitely aren’t. Are there others to watch out for?

And, though it probably belongs in IMHO - any suggested recipies?

Well, there is the ‘False Chanterelle’, Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca. However it has true gills, while a chanterelle does not ( that is to say chanterelles have shallow, blunt “gills”, instead of the blade-like gills you find on most mushrooms like your common store-bought button mushroom ). Not terribly toxic, but perhaps mildly so and not nearly as tasty as a chanterelle. Has a mildly ‘spermatic’ odor.

There are likely a few more, as well, almost all with true gills.

  • Tamerlane

Ah, here’s one possible “false-gilled” mushroom David Arora suggests that might be confused with a chanterelle ( by the way, I am assuming these are your standard orangish chanterelle, not one of the dark or white species ) - the Lobster Mushroom ( Hypomyces lactifluorum ). However that one tends to be more usually solitary or scattered ( it’s a parasite on other mushrooms - Arora suggests it can be gragarious, but in my, admittedly much more limited experience, parasites don’t tend to be found in clusters as much - they’d have to have a complete infection on a cluster of hosts ) and is a passable edible for most, anyway.

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By the way, David Arora’s Mushrooms Demystified is the only field guide worth owning for North America ( esp. the Western U.S. ). All the rest are far too limited in scope. Even at that, his is not all-encompassing either. I have two large three-ring binders stuffed full of nothing but photocopied keys for Western U.S. taxa and even that is far from complete for the region.

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They are rather pink in color, and trumpet-shaped with blunt “gills” that extend down onto a tapering shaft (not true gills).

Per your suggestion, I checked out the False Chanterelle - it looks like that’s not what I have.

Thanks for the help.

Hmmff… North American Chanterelles should be (pale) orange, not pink… I usually identify chanterelles by smell; they give off a characteristic, very pleasant odour.