Quick Black Beans

Sort the beans, discard any pebbles, twigs, imperfect or moldy beans.  Wash the beans under cold running water twice and drain. In a 6-quart pressure cooker over medium-high heat, add the olive oil, onions, garlic, jalapeno and salt.  Saute until the onions are translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the beans, epazote, and water. 

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Barley and Shiitake Mushroom Risotto

Add the vegetable stock, onion, celery and carrots to a large stock pot. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer while making the risotto.   Add the extra-virgin olive oil to a large heavy bottom saucepan over medium-high heat. Once heated, add the pearled barley, lightly saute to toast the barley, about 2 to

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