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…

Sandwich Love

When people think of sandwiches they usually think of meat and cheese or some combination thereof. But the sandwich is one of the most versatile culinary constructions every conceived. It's not limited by such simple concepts and you shouldn't be either.

A really easy and delicious sandwich I enjoy is made with hummus. A thick layer of this delicious paste on either side of a seasme seed roll. Add to that crisp fresh red bell pepper and slice white onion. Yum. Add a slice of cheese if you're so inclined.

The hormel vegetarian chili sandwich is another great one that you might not have considered. Simply cook some white rice according to the package directions. Then add a can of the veg chili and let simmer for 3-5 minutes. Remove from pot and let cool. It makes an awesome sandwich on its own. An even better one with some lettuce.

Embrace cream cheese if you're so inclined. It's not just for bagels and lox. Spread some on a roll and add some black beans and garlic.

An egg sandwich is great on toast and pairs nicely with a vinaigrette dressing.

The key ingredient in any good sandwich is imagination. Experiment with flaovrs and combinations. Food loves risk takers.