Vegan Recipe: Wild Mushroom and Artichoke Risotto

Fancy dried mushrooms combine with baby bellas and marinated artichokes to produce an earthy and tangy risotto more than capable of standing up to any traditional version. 

1 pint baby bella mushrooms, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/3 cup fancy dried mushrooms, diced (such as chanterelles and morels)
1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup arborio rice
2 shallots, diced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 1/2 tbls salt
2 tsps black pepper
2 tsps dry thymeI got a large bag of 'chef's blend' fancy dried mushrooms on amazon. It's great for adding umami depth to broths and sauces. 

A mushroom risotto is awesome with just humble mushrooms, but add some more exotic ones as well, and you've really got something. 

Normally I'll use tomato for acid in a risotto, but this time I went with artichokes. I love artichokes. They offer a unique flavor and texture that creates an entirely different risotto experience. I know there is a certa…

Goodbye Cheeburger

It was quite a shock, but the Cheeburger in Bricktown recently closed down. I don't know why. It wasn't for lack of customers as far as I can tell. The place was always busy. The food was good. I especially appreciated that their veggie burger did not contain egg. And that their onion rings were also egg free. That's hard to find. Their portobello burger was also very nice. And their salad was the bomb. Romaine and black olives and croutons.

I'm baffled as to why it shut down. Was the mafia after them? Did they anger the CIA? I don't get it.

One day it was dong a bustling business and the next it was gone. What the fuck?

Oh Cheeburger, I will miss the artichokes and roasted red peppers you let me put on my veggie burger. And I will miss your creamy jalapeno dip for my fries. And I'll mourn the loss of your wonderful salad full of fresh romaine and black olive. But most of all I will miss the choice you gave me. To have a veggie burger without egg on rye bread or in a whole wheat wrap.

You will be missed.