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

Simple Spicy Pasta Salad

I made the easiest pasta salad ever and it still was great. Thanks mostly to an improvised dressing that really satisfied my cravings.

The pasta salad was simply just quick cook rotini. I put the hot pasta in a pyrex container and added half a bag of frozen cauliflower/broccoli mix on top and closed the lid. I let that sit for about 20 minutes on the counter.

When I made a bowl for myself I dressed it this way.

I had some onion slices lying about, so I used them. I also had some left over black beans which I added to the mix.

For lubrication and liquid: 1 packet hot sauce from Wawa (or 1 teaspoon other hot sauce), 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon McCormick grinders lemon pepper seasoning or equivalent.

It was much better than expected. I was really just throwing things together that were laying about. But it turned out quite delicious. I'd do it again, on purpose next time.