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. 

1/2 box pasta, cooked to al dente

2 ounces dried fancy mushroom mix, big pieces broken or diced
1 pint …

Filet of Potato with White Wine Sauce

I grilled some potatoes over charcoal the other day. I love potatoes. Grilled potatoes get that delicious crispy, smoky skin. It's almost magical. I was slicing the potatoes and it occurred to me that it looked very similar to the way chefs serve sliced beef. So I decided to plate it in a likewise fashion.

The grilled potatoes are accompanied by a vegetable and bean medley and a tomato and wine based sauce.

5 plum tomatoes diced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 orange bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
1/2 a large yellow onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic thinly sliced
1 jalapeno thinly sliced
1 serrano thinly sliced

1 can chickpeas, plus liquid
1/2 cup white wine
2 tbls olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps dill

The potatoes are simply grilled whole over charcoal.

All the other components are added to a large frying pan and cooked down until the peppers are barely tender.