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 …

Really Easy Pan Potatoes

Want to cook potatoes super fast? It's easy.

Cut them small. Really small. 1/4 inch chunks.

Heat a large skillet over fairly high heat. Lube with some canola oil. Add potatoes. Salt generously. Stir to coat the spuds in the oil. Cover and let cook for about 10 minutes. Watch carefully. Times may vary.

Remove cover. Stir. Continue cooking with lid off for another 5-7 minutes. Stirring occasional. Try to brown them as evenly as possible.

Test one of the largest pieces. When it's tender remove all from the heat.

Season with additional salt and some fresh ground pepper.