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October 8, 2010

Lentil and Sweet Potato Chili

Yay for Autumn!


  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1/2 cup green lentils
  • 3 roma tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 med orange bell pepper
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ~40oz beef broth and/or chicken broth
  • 2 tbs Mexene chili powder
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • parsley
  • salt


  1. soak lentils over night.
  2. Saute onions, garlic, and bell peppers in a hot dutch oven with butter.
  3. add tomatoes and broth, bring to a boil.
  4. add sweet potatoes and lentils, chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin. cover and reduce to simmer ~ 30 min
  5. salt to taste, continue to simmer ~30 min with cover half off to reduce liquid to a thicker consistency.
  6. spoon 1 cup of stew into blender and blend until smooth. reintroduce into pot and mix.
  7. top with fresh chopped onions and some parsley, then serve with crusty bread (or cornbread!).

*special thanks to Sous Chef/Photographer Stephanie Chen (:

and because today’s theme seems to be orange, Hook ‘Em.

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October 8, 2010

more chEESE, please

Il Forteto Boschetto Tartufo

  • italian goats milk cheese combined with truffle
  • tender ,semi-soft but slightly crumbly.
  • very white in color.
  • strong, amaZING truffle flavor. great with fresh peaches.


  • french cows milk. creamy, soft and bouncy, slightly sharp and stinky (mmmm, stinky)
  • also trappist style. hence texture and flavor a bit similar to the Chimay
  • nothing special. too similar to other types out there /: