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 …

Spicy Vegan Buttermilk Biscuits

I was in the mood for biscuits. I've always been a fan. KFC biscuits first turned me on to the them as a child. Pilsbury fueled the fire. The first time I had those Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits, I was practically dumbfounded. None of those, sadly, are vegan.

A quick google search for vegan biscuits will yield a plethora of contenders. I decided to go with the "southern vegan's buttermilk biscuits". That recipe just felt the simplest and most authentic. I did modify it though.

Rather than go out and get vegan margarine, I used vegetable shortening, which I already had. I also added fresh cracked black pepper, crushed pepper flakes, minced jalapeno and minced garlic.

I used about a 1/2 cup shortening to 2 cups flour. In retrospect, a little more fat would've been ideal. I'd say a few tablespoons of olive oil would work nicely in the mix. I also think a little more salt would've been nice. The original recipe calls for only 1/2 a teaspoon. 1 full teaspoon could really punch up the flavors.

But on the whole, a delicious vegan biscuit anyway you interpret it.