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 …

Harissa

I've discovered a new best thing ever! I thought that I knew all the awesome foods that I needed to know. I was wrong. Way wrong. You haven't lived until you've had some harissa. This stuff is criminally awesome.

I'd heard of harissa before thanks to food network tv and shows like Chopped and Next Food Network Star. But that just goes to show you. You can hear about a food and have it described to you and still not understand at all what it's really like. Alton Brown on his former show Good Eats was really good at conveying how an unknown food would taste, but most food network shows and stars don't have such a wonderful knack.

Harissa had been mentioned, but never made to sound as enticing and spectacular as it actually is in real life. I'd never thought much about it at all until I received it as a birthday gift.

Stonewall Kitchens harissa is sooooo gooood. Sooo Gooood!. I cannot add enough vowels to explain how delicious this stuff tastes. They're always going on about sriacha, which is really good, but they need to start informing the world about harissa,, because it is equally as incredible.

I got the bottle on Sept 14 and by Sept 19 there's only a third of it left. It's the bomb. And it's low fat and low calorie. Main ingredient is red bell peppers. It's sweet, spicy and delicious.

On the bottle it's referred to as Tunisian hot sauce. I don't get a lot of heat from it, but I do get a ton of awesome flavor. This stuff... where was it hiding all my life. I though I'd hit the jackpot when I found hummus. Harissa is more awesome yet.

If you haven't already done so, you've got to try this stuff.

Put it on salads, soups, sandwiches, eat it straight up. This amazing condiment can do no wrong!