Warm French Lentils

I have these old old friends from way back when. David and Beth. They are wonderful, warm, lovely people. I was in their wedding. It’s true. My first foray into wedding life. Since I started out as David’s friend I was technically one of his grooms-people but in a Bridesmaid’s dress.

I felt awkward in that dress – I will never forget.

Anyway. . . I adore them both and we have started getting together regularly – about every four months or so. Well, actually, we’ve done it twice. But both times have been excellent. Prior to that we were all too busy with work and raising family. Kids are now in college or graduated and there’s a little free weekend time so there we were. The first time we got together was at their house. Oooh lala!

Beautiful house. Amazing dinner. Such fun company! AND… they eat like we do. Then it was our turn. David was so sweet and suggested that perhaps we would go out since our ‘date’ was on a Friday night – a work night. I thought about it. Tempting. I wasn’t sure. Not quite comfortable with the idea – but enticing in its ease. Just pick up the phone. So I did (well actually, Alan did) – a reservation at Hal’s figuring that we could meet at the house, have some crudite and home made hummus (the very least I could do) and then walk on down.

But I couldn’t.

I just couldn’t do it. I do know how to cook. I love to cook for my friends. They’re my friends. What was I thinking? It was a Friday and I have this very informal commitment to myself that I won’t work on Fridays or at least not on most Fridays. So after my court appearance in the morning, I went to the office for 15-minutes to check messages, etc. I then left and met my friend Disa for lunch (she’s in town from Denmark putting together a program for her students for next January) and then rolled on in to Whole Foods where I proceeded to buy way too many vegetables. I guess I had decided to make dinner.

It was so much fun for me. The kitchen was a huge mess. But it basically worked although the tofu marinated too long and was too salty. AND… Alex came which was so sweet. They’ve known him his whole life but of course he doesn’t remember them because he hasn’t seen them since he was a wee tike and that was really fun for me to watch. They all loved each other and that made me so happy.

The dinner was beets on a bed of beet greens; asparagus; grilled tofu; grilled zucchini; Warm French Lentils.

David loved the lentils and asked for the recipe which I thought was on Batch-33 but it’s not. So here it is. . ..

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Categories: Legumes, Salad, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

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