Lentil Salad


This salad is adapted from the French Lentil Salad in David Lebowitz’s My Paris Kitchen. I like the salad as is from his book, but I also like to change it up a bit. I love just making a large batch of these lentils, draining the liquid and storing that separately (it makes the best veggie broth to add to soup), and then just throwing these lentils into whatever during the week. You can make this salad quickly with the lentils already made or you can throw them into your pasta sauce or mix them with some yogurt and greens and eat on toast (a riff on an Ottolenghi recipe) or you can just eat them plain. They keep so well and are my new go-to thing to make on Sundays to have on hand for the week. Continue reading

Lentil and Tortellini Soup


I had my husband pick up some tortellini from the store with the intent of making this recipe, but then we kept making other items, going out to eat, or going to someone’s house for dinner. Eventually, my husband was wanting just tortellini with marinara..which is a reasonable request. But I wanted to be sure I tried this lentil soup recipe first before we used up all the tortellini in a normal pasta dish. It worked out. I made the dish. We have tortellini left for some other normal pasta creation on a different day. Continue reading

My name is Cheela.

Cheela with Chutney

Cheela with Chutney

My mother-in-law taught me how to make cheela when she was here this summer, and I have been meaning to make it ever since. I had been talking about making cheela soon. Then earlier this week, my husband and I randomly heard the song “Sheila Ki Jawani” and could not get it out of our heads. Of course, I began only singing “my name is cheela” and then I had to finally make the cheelas. Continue reading