Vegan Recipe: Wild Mushroom and Artichoke Risotto

Fancy dried mushrooms combine with baby bellas and marinated artichokes to produce an earthy and tangy risotto more than capable of standing up to any traditional version. 

1 pint baby bella mushrooms, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/3 cup fancy dried mushrooms, diced (such as chanterelles and morels)
1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup arborio rice
2 shallots, diced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 1/2 tbls salt
2 tsps black pepper
2 tsps dry thymeI got a large bag of 'chef's blend' fancy dried mushrooms on amazon. It's great for adding umami depth to broths and sauces. 

A mushroom risotto is awesome with just humble mushrooms, but add some more exotic ones as well, and you've really got something. 

Normally I'll use tomato for acid in a risotto, but this time I went with artichokes. I love artichokes. They offer a unique flavor and texture that creates an entirely different risotto experience. I know there is a certa…

Red Onion and Tomato Broth

I'm trying to continue doing the things I normally do in an effort to keep from going completely insane. I had some extra onion and garlic and decided that a broth would be a great way to extract lots of flavor.

Generally, when it comes to fresh produce, I prefer to consume it raw. Cut it up, mix it together and enjoy. But lately, I've been cooking everything in order to kill any unwanted micro-organisms.

I just wanted a flavorful liquid I could add to rice or pasta to make them enjoyable and nutritious to eat.

Ingredients
2 medium red onions, chopped
6 cloves garlic, sliced
2 vine tomatoes, chopped
1 jalapeno, diced
1/4 cup dry white wine
3 tbls olive oil
2 tbls hot sauce
6 cups water
3 1/2 tsps salt
2 tps black pepper
2 tsps paprika
1 tsp cayenne

Bring it all to a boil in a large, uncovered pot. Reduce to a simmer. Let it simmer until reduced by at least one third. You could go so far as to reduce it by half.

I was too impatient to go that far. It had oodles of flavor. Really hit the spot.