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. 

Ingredients
1/2 box pasta, cooked to al dente

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

Simplest Dessert Full of Flavor (Vegan)

This is the simplest, cheapest and best tasting dessert. It takes about 30 second to make and costs only pennies. It's also vegan and by extension vegetarian as well.

Ingredients
1 Slice Soft Style Whole Grain Bread (Like Stroehmans or Freihoffers or Wonder)
Peanut Butter
Chocolate Syrup

Spread the peanut butter on the bread. Swirl with chocolate syrup.

That's it. Eat and enjoy. It's very simple. It super quick to make and is quite delicious really. It really hits the spot when you want something sweet and rich and a little bit filling. The peanut butter adds some nice nutrition, but is also decadent.

Some interesting variations also come to mind. Strawberry or caramel syrup or any combination of the three. Other nut butters like almond or cashew or macadamia. You could also use a more desert like bread or even a bagel. Cinnamon swirl or raisin... the permutations are endless.

But the idea at it's core is to keep it very simple and still achieve a sweet dessert treat. Peanut butter and chocolate syrup on a humble piece of soft bread - it sounds too easy, but I love it and you will too.