Sunday, June 18, 2006

Mmmm! Good! My theory is that I am "richly blessed" (as they referred to the good life in the Baptist Church of my youth) because I am a pretty weak character and God realizes that there is only so much difficulty that I can take. (This is a sort of contrarian view of the "Wealth and Health" gospel.) Whatever the reason, chief among those blessings is my marvelous wife, and among her many, happy gifts is the gift of cooking. She loves it and she does it so well. (This kitchen project is all about exploiting the poor woman. I am not only of weak character, I am shameless.)

When I was diagosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, now 15 years ago, we moved away from red meat, fat, and the like, and toward a diet with more vegetables and fruits. Carol has developed a great collection of healthy, savory recipes. Mary is following closely in Carol's footsteps, and a year or two ago Mary introduced a recipe for "Warm Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese." Carol fixed it last night, and it was terrific.

A dish with that title will probably not get posted on the NRA site. (Actually, I don't think they have recipes at all. But they should.) It has a sort of effete sound to it, and it does not help that Mary found the recipe on the Whole Foods website. (It's not there anymore, so I had to find the recipe elsewhere.) But it really tastes good, and I would heartily recommend it.

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