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 …

Kale and Red Cabbage Slaw with Potato Dressing

This is a new take on traditional cole slaw. It uses mashed potatoes in place of mayo and kale and red cabbage as the base. It's very different from your usual slaw, but it's tasty, crunchy and delicious.

Best of all, it's quite easy to prepare.
Ingredients
3 cups chopped fresh kale
2 cups chopped fresh red cabbage
1 packet idahoan garlic mashed potatoes
1/2 cup sliced scallions
1 jalapeno including ribs
1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 tsps crushed red pepper flakes

In a storage bowl or container toss together kale, cabbage and beans. Set aside.

To prepare mashed potatoes use 3 cups of water instead of the 2 called for on the pouch. Add water to medium sized pot, add scallions and jalapeno ribs. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat. Carefully stir in the potato powder from the packet until fully incorporated and you have a soupy potato mix. Stir in red pepper flakes and jalapeno flesh. Let the mixture cool for 15 minutes. Remove jalapeno ribs.

Potatoes will still be warm, but not hot. Add potato mix to previously prepared bowl of kale, cabbage and beans. Gently stir to coat everything in the potato mix. Chill more if desired or serve slightly warm.