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Marinated Lentil Salad and Thrifty Finds

I made the Marinated Lentil Salad from Ecological Cooking by Jo Stepaniak & Kathy Hecker. It was pretty simple to make and Rob said it was delicious. The dressing for the salad has dijon mustard in it, which I will only occasionally tolerate (I am not a fan of mustard, he loves all types of mustards). I was in a picky-food mood so I didn’t try it but I’m blogging about it anyway since I made it and Rob enjoyed it. πŸ˜€ He took it for lunch for two days.

The salad is a mixture of lentils, carrots, red onion, and parsley marinated in a dressing for a few hours:

Salad

And while we’re on the topic of salad, I just wanted to remind everyone that Salad is the theme for the Weekend Cookbook Challenge #14. The lentil salad isn’t my entry but I’ll be posting my entry this weekend πŸ™‚ Be sure to check back! If you’d like to participate, there’s still time. You have until March 5, 2007.

I recently found a wonderful old cookbook for only $1.50! It’s the 1942 edition of the The Victory Binding of the American Woman’s Cookbook – Wartime Edition. The cookbook was edited and revised by the director of the Culinary Arts Institute – Ruth Berolzheimer. The book is even dedicated to General Douglas MacArthur.

Cookbook

There are over 800 pages of recipes, menu plans, fun facts about food, and of course a section on wartime cookery! I’m going to have so much fun picking out recipes to try from this and all of my other recent cookbook acquisitions. I’ll be sure to post about anything I make from this cookbook…most likley I’ll start off with a dessert recipe. πŸ˜€

There’s even some full color pictures in the book like this one from the inside cover:

Cookbook

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I also want to mention a shameless plug for A Car Blog from Chicagoland…Rob decided to start a blog πŸ™‚

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  • K February 23, 2007, 12:47 pm

    Emmy, please e-mail me at my Yahoo! address! Where are you guys living now? I think i missed something in translation in your transition! πŸ™‚

    I recall you and your mustard non-fandom as well as Rob’s enjoyment of this condiment. I am a huge fan. I think i once told you i have about six or seven different kinds of mustard in my fridge. One night while i was at work a while back, Peter had come over to make something to eat for himself and relax at my condominium and he sent me a text message that read, “You need more mustard here.” (He was being facetious and quite sarcastic, of course!) I would love this lentil salad you made and no doubt would ruin the intended flavour by adding far too much of the yellow-brown stuff… i’m addicted, i’m afraid!

    Wartime cookery… wow. That’s gonna be a very interesting book with some olde tyme recipes. Gen. MacArthur got a shout-out? Wow. Only in America…

  • Kati February 23, 2007, 1:20 pm

    mmm lentil salad! Looks delicious – I like mustard, though. =)

    What pretty candies in the inside of that new cookbook! They’re so…girly – I love it! Can’t wait to see what you make first.

  • Aurora's Mom February 23, 2007, 3:43 pm

    Emmy, one day you must post a pic of all those “vintage” cookbooks you have….you must have a big shelf just groaning under the weight of them all…;o)

    I’m having deja vu, I swear my mom has an older cookbook with that picture in the very front…I’ll have to check and see if she still has it. We used to stare at that picture and drool all over it when we were little! Are those petit-fours?

  • bazu February 23, 2007, 3:47 pm

    Emmy, I know you hate mustard, but I must say your description of this salad is making me drool! I’m firmly with Rob on this one! πŸ˜‰ Do you hate all mustards or just some? In my experience, there are so many different ones- but I understand that sometimes you just can’t tolerate a taste no matter what.

  • melody February 23, 2007, 5:11 pm

    Oh, this looks great! I do love all types of mustard though..

  • vegandiva February 23, 2007, 5:37 pm

    Kleo, I emailed you πŸ™‚

    Aurora’s Mom, that would be wild if it’s the same book πŸ™‚ And yep, those are petit-fours in the pic. I can’t believe someone took all that time to decorate them like that. I don’t have that kind of patience LOL. And once we’re out of the rental and in our own place, I’ll definitely post some pics of my bookcases πŸ™‚ I have a lot of stuff packed away at the moment. I’ll look and see if I have any pics I can upload next week…I’m sure I’ve got a pic of one of my bookcases at our old house.

    Bazu, I will use dry mustard powder in some of the uncheese sauce recipes and I have no problems with that. But I’m not really crazy about any prepared/wet mustards. Something about the taste just bothers me. Although I have no problem using/cooking with it in recipes that I won’t eat. Go figure. Rob loves the stuff. He uses this jalapeno mustard on everything. Mustard and peas (although not peapods) are the two things I’m picky about. Other than that I’m pretty much open to anything vegan πŸ™‚ Do you have foods your picky about too?

  • veganruthie February 24, 2007, 7:53 pm

    Emmy,

    I understand. I have picky food issues, too. I can’t stand raw white, yellow or purple onions at all (green onions are OK). I also can’t stand raw parsley or raw cilantro in large quantities (I hate tabouli). I used to hate mustard, but now I like it in small doses. I get really sick of lentils, hummus and curry very easily. I could never stand mayonnaise. I’m also rather picky about desserts. I don’t really like “white” desserts, like sugar cookies, vanilla or lemon cake, vanilla soy ice cream… I like chocolate cookies and cake, and peanut butter cookies and molasses cookies, even oatmeal cookies, just not the white ones. I also really dislike nuts and dried fruit in desserts. Weird, huh. LOL Maybe that was too much! πŸ™‚ I never thought of myself as a picky eater, but I guess I’m becoming that way.

  • bazu February 25, 2007, 4:29 pm

    Hey Emmy,

    I had to really think to come up with something I don’t like that much- dried figs. (I love fresh ones, though!) As a kid, I hated fig newtons and things like that. However now, especially because I know how nutritious figs are, I’m learning to like them more and more. I just ate a fig newman (organic! wheat free!) and loved it.

    When I was a kid though, don’t even get me started! I hated olives, olive oil, walnuts, avocados, papayas… it’s funny because these are some of my all-time faves now. Funny how our tastebuds work…

  • Jackie February 26, 2007, 10:21 am

    The lentil salad looks delicious. I love large green lentils so much better than those small brown ones I had to use years ago.

    What a wonderful find. I like war recipes as most didn’t have eggs or dairy due to rationing.

  • pinknest February 26, 2007, 3:53 pm

    i LOVE that photograph in the book of the pastries on the tray!! i would frame that if i could. gorgeous.

  • vegandiva February 26, 2007, 5:20 pm

    Ruthie, Glad there are other picky vegans out there too πŸ˜€ Oh, I forgot to add veg mayo to my list too. I can’t stand it either (Rob likes it though).

    Bazu, That is funny how foods we couldn’t stand as kids are now our favorites. As a kid I wouldn’t eat green peppers or anything with tomatoes. In fact, in regards to tomatoes, I didn’t start eating pasta with tomato-based sauces until I was 17!!! The only tomato exception was pizza but there’s a story there. I was about 5 years old and visiting my grandparents. My grandma asked if I wanted to help her make a pizza. She asked me to pass her the tomato sauce and I was SHOCKED. My mom said when they came to pick me up, I met them at the door and asked them outright…did you know there’s tomatoes in pizza? They lied to me and said no, they didn’t know (they later told my grandma they were trying to keep that a secret from me. LOL). I didn’t eat my grandma’s pizza that day and it took awhile before I would eat pizza again.

    Pinknest, I agree about that photo. There’s several beautiful color photos in this book. And of course, I go crazy for all the vintage kitchen-ware/serving-ware pictured.