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

Best Sandwich Ever

For my birthday my brother gave me a sample pack of four hot sauces. Ranging from smokey mild to fiery hot. And I have to say they certainly enhance a vegetarian sandwich. I know that meat eaters think we're crazy and lack any taste bud, but I love a good sandwich. And I never had a better sandwich than the ones I've had since I began eating meat free. No turkey or roast beef can compare.

The trick is in layering the flavors and textures. I've never enjoyed my sandwiches more.

You must first start with delicious bread. Something hearty. Like whole wheat, rye or a chewy kaiser roll.

Once you have a great bread you need to slather it with hummus. Choose your own favorite flavor. then load your spreading knife up with some smokey hot sauce. About 1/2 teaspoon. And spread that evenly into the hummus already on your bread.

Use a fork to add a light layer of beans to your saturated bread. Black or Kidney beans work really well. Pinto and Red are also good choice. A sparse layer works best. Then add some roasted garlic slices. A generous helping. Then some sliced raw yellow onion. A slice of your favorite cheese. Pepper jack or cheddar work really well. Then some romaine or iceberg lettuce on top of the cheese. And finally close the sandwich with the other slice of bread. Pressing to insure everything stays together. And slice in half.

I've eaten countless sandwiches in my lifetime. Of endless varieties. Everything from a turkey club, to a hot pastrami, to a Reuben slathered in Russian dressing and Cole slaw. and a myriad of other sandwich options in between. But none of them eclipse this simple meat-free incarnation. The layers of flavor and textures are to die for. I don't care how must you love turkey cold cut or roast beef. This sandwich will seduce you. Give it a try. You have my personal guarantee that it will blow your mind.