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 …

Frozen Garden Salad

There's something very important missing from the world. A good frozen vegetable salad blend. Salad is great. Especially in the warm weather. Who doesn't love a crispy, crunchy, fresh salad. I used to get great salad at the local Cheeburger. But that closed down. I also used to get a great salad at the A&P, but it's no so great anymore.

Assembling a fresh salad from scratch is an expensive prospect. Gotta buy romaine, bell peppers, red onions, carrots, cucumber. Or romaine, olives, croutons, tomato. Not to mention dressing. I just use plain vinegar and nutritional yeast. But most folks want more. By the time you purchase all the components, which has to be at least $15. Then you gotta take them home and wash them and chop them and mix it all together. And you wind up with weeks worth of salad if you're not a family of at least 4. Otherwise half of your money and time spent will just rot and go in the garbage.

Frozen vegetable are great because you can get the taste of fresh without the threat of rot. I used them to make pasta salad. But in pasta salad I usually like broccoli and cauliflower and green peas. In tossed romaine salad not so much.

What I really need is to be able to buy a bag of frozen tossed green salad veggies. The romaine lettuce would have to be bought fresh, but everything else should just be in one simple frozen veg bag. Onions, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber. That would be aweseome. Or onions, carrots, peppers and olives. I wouldn't mind radishes either. Red cabbage isn't bad. Variations along that vein. That's what's missing from the world.

So hey internet? Are you listening? Someone make that and I will buy it.