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Lucky Lentils

I was surprised when I read Martha Rose Shulman’s New Year’s Dishes for Prosperity and Longevity, in the New York Times.  Though she writes that Italians consider lentils good luck at the beginning of the New Year, she doesn’t mention that they’re also popular in Latin America and Spain.  I know because I’ve been forcing them down New Year’s lentils for years.  Not my favorite bean, I’m purely in it for the prosperity.  So if you’re Italian, Hispanic, or need a little luck, here’s a recipe to start the New Year.

So Hot

Now that the heat is not just outside but very much inside my apartment, I’ve started thinking about ways to cool off this summer.  When I came across this New York Times recipe for agua fresca, I knew that I was going to be doing a lot of pureeing in the next few months.  I made the cantaloupe agua fresca for the park today, following the directions closely, and loved the results.  There are other versions where you don’t strain after blending or add more fruit at the end which I’ll definitely try next time.  Mostly, I love having an excuse to buy any farmer’s market fruit too pretty to leave behind (not unlike the fat little bird sugar dispenser I found this weekend).  Maybe the heat is getting to me after all?

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