Wild Mushroom Pasta

I'm a big fan of Good Eats and Alton Brown. I've learned a lot from him. So when he suggested that dried exotic mushrooms were an umani flavor bomb I took to amazon to procure some. 

When you only cook with and eat plants, sources of deep and real flavor are important. 

His advice was spot on. I got a dried exotic mushroom mix and used it in my pressure cooker to create a sauce/broth for pasta and even though I forgot to add olive oil, it still had tons of flavor. 
After the pressure cook was finished I added the oil I forgot and cooked it off for a  few minutes. I then stirred it into my precooked pasta. Let it rest 5 minutes to tighten up. It was a perfect sauce to enrobe my pasta. . 

Dried exotic mushrooms are not cheap. But if you don't eat/cook with animal products, they feel like a bargain. There's so much flavor to be had. It's worth it and then some. 

1/2 box pasta, cooked to al dente

2 ounces dried fancy mushroom mix, big pieces broken or diced
1 pint …

Vegan Brownie Balls

I wanted to make some brownies for a special ocassion, but I wouldn't use eggs in my brownies because eggs are evil. I found some Pilsbury brownie mix for a mere $0.99 and was eager to experiment.

While there are commercial egg replacers available I was curious to try alternative methods like applesauce and bananas.

I tried applesauce because that is what I had on hand.

1 family size box Pilsbury brownie mix
2 snack packs Mott's Natural applesauce (No added sugar)
1/4 cup melted vegan margarine
Water as indicated on package
Shallow dish of cocoa powder

Blend all ingredient except cocoa powder thoroughly. For brownies you want to create gluten. Gluten will make your brownies chewy and delicious. So stir vigorously and a lot.

Pour batter into a greased baking pan and cook as directed.

Remove brownies from oven when they no longer jiggle. The edges should be firm and cakey while a ,oist and gooey center is still be present.

Let cool for at least 20 minutes.

Use a spoon or scoop or your hands to scoop a dallop of brownie from the pan and form into small balls by rolling in your hands. Finish each ball by rolling in cocoa powder.

Serve immediately or chill in the fridge for later.

Chocalately and totally vegan goodness.