Monday, May 14, 2012

In Need of Comfort


I have recently moved from Memphis to Chicago, a city I dearly love, and it truly feels like a homecoming.  Great people, wonderful food, and fantastic theatre. 

But my Valentine had to stay in Memphis.  With the dog.  And I am sad and in need of a little comfort.

What's a guy to do?

Call up one of your best lesbians and make a big ole comforting pot of soup.  Nothin' like lentils and lesbians to cure what ails ya!

Lentil Soup

This chop and drop soup is perfect for a pick me up.  The turnips and vinegar give it a bright little somethin' somethin' that really makes it sing! Important cooking tid bit:  be sure to season as you go. Waiting until the end just makes things salty instead of enhancing the natural flavors.

1 onion, chopped
1 turnip, diced
3 carrots, finely chopped
1 red pepper, diced
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups lentils
6 cups water or veggie stock
Thyme bundle
2 bay leaves
2 Tbl red wine vinegar
1/2 cup parsley
2 Tbl olive oil
salt 'n pepper

In a medium stock pot, heat oil and saute onions for about five minutes until translucent.  Add garlic, red pepper, carrots, and continue to sweat those veggies.  While you're at it, why don't you throw in that thyme bundle and bay leaves as well. (This would be a good time to season with salt and pepper).  Allow veggies to saute for another five minutes. Add tomatoes, lentils, and water (or stock), and bring to a boil.  Once it starts to bubble, reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until the lentils are tender.  Before serving, remove thyme and bay and stir in the red wine vinegar and parsley.  If'n you're feelin' in a non-vegan mode, shave a little parmigiano on top as you serve.

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