Monday, February 18, 2013

Surprise Recipe Swap

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I am so excited for this post!  I signed up to do a Surprise Recipe Swap.  One blogger gets paired with another and they each pick a recipe from each other's blog.  Thanks goes to Jutta at Hungry Little Girl for organizing this recipe swap.

I was paired with Elizabeth from The Law Student's Cookbook.  When I received my match, I immediately went to the blog.  I began scouring for recipes that I wanted to try.  After a while, I got lost in the blog (in a good way!) and began to learn about many different ethnic foods.  Elizabeth is a worldly cook, as evidenced by her Around the World in 52 Weeks posts.

If you want to learn about different foods from around the world, check out her blog!

Ultimately, I knew I had to narrow down the recipes and decide what a Sicilian girl like me was going to cook.  I decided upon Lentil Soup.  At this point I must confess that I have NEVER tried lentils!  I've always wanted to try them but haven't gotten around to it.  This soup recipe was quick, easy and a great introduction to a new staple in my house.

Here is the recipe:

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrot
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons lentils
1 can diced tomatoes

Begin by chopping the vegetables.  Saute the chopped vegetables in the olive oil 3-5 minutes.  Add the canned tomatoes, lentils and vegetable broth.  Let that simmer for 35 minutes or so.  Take 2 cups of the soup and put in the food processor.  Return that to the soup.  This serves as a thickener.

This recipe is quick and healthy.  If you haven't tried lentils, you need to!  It is easy to find yourself in a food rut.  When that happens, find a recipe that will inspire you to try different things.  Thank you Elizabeth for helping me discover something new!



  1. How do we find out who had our blog? This is my first time posting with the SRS. Love your blog and the recipe looks delish.

  2. There is a round-up here:


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