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If you have been checking in to my blog regularly you know that for most recipes I have to modify because I do not have one or more ingredients. Often I modify an ingredient in an attempt to make the recipe a bit healthier. Sometimes I just reduce the amount of a particular ingredient and there is no flavor difference (most recipes call for too much olive oil). But the other day I was preparing to make some lentil soup when I realized I was missing one key ingredient, the lentils!
I had managed to go to 2 stores during my morning shopping run. At the first store, the girl at the checkout had asked me if I was able to find everything. “Yes” I assured her. And looking at my list, with items crossed off from stop #1, it was clear that I had grabbed what I needed there. Off to store #2.
Upon reaching the checkout I was once again asked by the checkout clerk if I had found everything OK. “Yes I did, and probably a few things I really didn’t need as well” I replied. So, with a handful of bags in tow I came home and unpacked the groceries. I didn’t even notice the lack of lentils as I unpacked. It was not until a few hours later when I went to get things ready that I saw my oversight.
A few muttered curses, and and I was off to store #3 to pick up a package of lentils. The recipe is a kitchen stand-by, super easy to make, and delicious. Plus, Meg and I make an extra large batch and pack it away for lunches during the week, a great time saver. I still can’t understand how I managed to bring a list, with LENTILS clearly written on it, to 2 stores and came home without them. Maybe I was distracted by the thought of what I was making to go with the soup!
Here is the link to Ina Garten’s lentil soup recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/lentil-vegetable-soup-recipe.html
Here is the link to Mel’s soft pretzel rolls: http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2013/10/amazing-soft-pretzel-rolls.html