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 …

Sweet and Spicy Bean Salad

I've discovered it's often how little cooking you do that makes for the tastiest result. I'm all for classic technique and traditional approaches. These are the foundation of a true culinary mind.

Still, I've learned over the years, that as with all things, so too in food, less can definitely be more. This is especially true when you're doing vegetarian, plant-based or vegan.

I've produced some of my most profound flavors by keeping it simple. There is no substitue for clean flavors with minimal processing.

1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch ginger, minced or grated
1 can red beans, rinsed
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 jalapeno, minced
2 tbls olive oil
1 tbl apple cider vinegar
2 tsps hot sauce
2 1/2 tsps salt
2 tsps black pepper
2 tsps dry oregano


Don't be afraid to use ginger with other flavors outside of the asian spectrum. It's more versatile than you think. Oregano is also more than just an italian spice. Its earthy herbiness works in many applications.