Vegan Pan Asian Mushroom Soup

This soup is all about the broth. Layers of flavor come together to create a complex broth in a relatively short amount of time.

It has a strong chinese influence, but it draws from various cultures.

It's great on its own and delicious over rice too. All the flavor is in that deep, dark, unctuous broth.

1 pint mushrooms, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 large red bell pepper, diced
3/4 cup diced carrots
1 poblano pepper, diced
2 jalapeno peppers, minced
1 serrano pepper, minced
1 cup chopped kale
1 can kidney beans, rinsed
1 can black beans, rinsed

4 cups water
3 tbls olive oil
1 tbl horseradish, the one with just vinegar, no mayo
1 tbl soy sauce
2 tsps chinese mustard
2 tsps dill
2 tsps crushed pepper flakes
2 tsps celery seed
1 tsp coriander seed
1 tsp paprika
3 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper

In a large stock pot cook down your mushrooms with 1 tsp salt. I used cremini mushrooms, but it's dealer's choice. When they start to take on a little color add olive oil. Give it a stir the add th…

Red Bean Sandwich

I love bean sandwiches. They are just like other people's sandwiches, but they taste better, are less expensive and they don't kill anything. This is a daring sandwich as it uses an unusual ingredient to add crunch, texture and unexpected flavors.


2 slices whole wheat bread
vinegar and olive oil
3 tbls red beans
3 slice cucumber
few slices red onion
1 clove garlic minced
few leaves romaine lettuce
low salt plain potato chips
salt, pepper and basil

You can make this sandwich with toasted or non-toasted bread. It just stays together a little better if you toast the bread and then dent it some with your fingers.

Generous spray bread with vinegar. white, red or balsamic will work. Drizzle lightly with olive oil. sprinkle with garlic, salt, pepper and basil. Add beans. Spritz a little more with vinegar and oil. Then layer onion, cucumber, lettuce and a few potato chips ontop.

Close sandwich and slice in half. Revel in its unusual juxtaposition of flavors and textures. There's a lot of flavor in this little sandwich. It's a little bit spicy, but scrumptious.