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

Vigo Rice

I've been getting a lot of google hits lately about whether or not Vigo brand rices are vegetarian.

They are NOT. They contain chicken fat and powdered chicken. They are neither vegetarian nor vegan in any way.

Carolina rice (Mahatma on the west coast) makes a saffron yellow rice that is vegan and vegetarian. Regular saffron yellow only. The spicy kind has animal ingredients.

Near east also makes a Mediterranean cous cous curry that is yellow and saffrony and quite good which reads as vegan from the ingredient list.

Both are very tasty if saffron rice is what you crave.