French Black Beans and Mushrooms with Gravy Vegan

There's something really satisfying about mushrooms treated in a french preparation. Wine, mustard and thyme are one of those classic combinations that evoke a fine dining experience without the fine dining price tag. 1 pint baby bella mushrooms chopped small 1 can black beans, rinsed 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbl tsps soy sauce 2 tbl spicy mustard 2 tsps  prepared, jarred, horseradish (horseradish, vinegar and salt) 1 tbl hot sauce 1/4 cup dry white wine 2 tbls olive oil 2 tsps dry thyme 1 tsp black pepper 2 tsps salt When you cook down mushrooms some kind of molecular magic happens that turns bland, spongy fungi into a delectable culinary powerhouse. Add some wine and a few other components and you've got a deep, dark saucy ragout that will make anything you cover it with irresistible.  It's a simple mixture that yields complex tastes and textures.  It won't take up a lot of your time to make, but you'll have a hard time not eating it all in one sitting.  Start yo

Easy and Quick Roasted Potatoes Vegan

I remember when my grandmother used to make roasted potatoes. She'd cook a whole chicken in a pan in the oven and surround it with cut up potato chunks. Every so often she would spoon some of the chicken ooze over the potatoes. What a flavor.

These potatoes use no chicken or any other animals. But they have all the flavor and tenderness still the same.

6 idaho potatoes cut into 1/2 inch chunks
olive oil
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Roast potatoes with the skin on. The skin is delicious and healthful. Wash potatoes thoroughly. Use cold running water and rub the dirt off with your hands.

Arrange cut potatoes in a microwave safe vessel. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

Let cool 2-3 minutes.

Arrange potatoes on a baking sheet. Save microwave vessel for later storing potatoes. Sprinkle potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper.

When oven is heated add potatoes and set timer for 35 minutes.

Turn potatoes at the midway point of cooking.

Remove form oven and test for softness using a fork. Potatoes should be crispy on the outside and soft and moist within.

Let cool 2-4 minutes before serving.