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

The Cookie Confusion


I was in the A & P this afternoon and came upon a curious thing. There was a box of what looked like really delicious peanut butter cookies and the price sign indicated they were $6.49. They looked really yummy, but not that freaking good. Six and a half dollars for cookies?! That makes gasoline look cheap for goodness sake.

Upon further inspection I learned that the box did not actually contain any cookies at all. It was in fact, a cookie mix $6.49 and you still want me to spend more adding an egg (egg substitute in my case) and oil and mixing and plopping and baking. Seriously? Now gas seems like it's almost free by comparison. Perhaps that was the plan all along. To trick us into thinking we're not paying waaay tooo muuuch for gas after we see this undone package of cookie mix for six and a half dollars. If so, kudos, your plan was a complete success.

The funniest thing about this overpriced cookie mix was what was on the back. It had a prominent circular graphic that emphasized how the product was suitable for vegetarians. I would love to know what cookies are not suitable for vegetarians. Are there lots of meat cookies sitting around on store shelves waiting for the carnivores to pounce?