The recipe says to serve this wonderful concoction on English muffins, which, according to my scribble in the cookbook, is “great.” I experimented this time with serving the cheese-glazed vegetables on better-for-you whole grains.
I came across this goody in my stack of untried soup recipes. It’s from the Food Network Kitchen’s The Chopped Cookbook: Use What You’ve Got to Cook Something Great. The recipe, a take on the classic Shepherd’s Pie*, says it takes 50 minutes to make, and that is about right. But contestants never get that much time on the Chopped TV show. Maybe the cookbook allows extra time for home cooks who are just as manic because we are making additional dishes.
NorthStar Cafe, with three locations, is a favorite Columbus spot. At breakfast, their ham and cheese scone is amazing, as are their sweet potato hash, and their prosciutto and poached eggs on rosemary focaccia. Later in the day, their great salads, peanut slaw or Sweet Basil Burrito might call to me. Customers flock there every Earth Day, when they offer their excellent veggie burger for free.
We eat a lot of soup, year-round. This fall and winter favorite is even better than it sounds; it’s the best red lentil soup recipe I’ve tried. It’s hearty and delicious and begs for slices of crusty bread or pita wedges for wiping out the bowl.