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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / lentil soup with a surprise and pictures!!!! on: November 18, 2010 11:14:06 PM
I know...I know.....ANOTHER lentil soup recipe.
Like bellybuttons, everybody's got one (or at least I hope you have a bellybutton..they make handy storage for the occasional stray marshmellow)

But I found an AWESOME little trick that makes lentil soup easy and delicious.
If you have a favorite soup recipe (especially a vegetable, bean, or split pea/lentil soup) this would probably work really well with it.

But let's get to it....drumroll please.....TA DAAA!!!

It's cooked greens!! Turnip greens, or collards or mixed greens!!!
I cooked canned greens one night and had some leftover, the next day I made lentil soup and was cleaning out the fridge and figured "why not?" and wow..wowee wow wow! was it good!
My husband DEMOLISHED it. Usually when I make soup I have to put some up in the freezer because everyone gets tired of it after 2 days. Then I told my mom about this and she loved it! Now neither one of us can make lentil soup without collards/greens.

I've found a brand that makes really good canned greens, I've covered up their name because I don't want to get in trouble but if you are the lucky soul that knows someone who goes through the laborious process of making homemade greens, give them a kiss, promise them some of your blood and whatever you don't manage to eat, reserve some for your soup.

another great tip......I love using bacon to flavor things or add a little on top but I don't want the whole package to go bad when I only need a little bit here and there, so when I buy it I put it in the freezer and then chop up one half of it into small pieces.

3-4 tablespoons of chopped bacon
1 cup of chopped onion
1 cup of chopped celery
2 cups of lentils, rinsed and picked through
29 oz can of collard/turnip/mixed greens WITH liquid
2 cups of chicken stock, plus however much water needed to cover lentils
salt and pepper to taste

The measurements of the bacon, onion, celery are just rough approximations, I used a smallish onion and 4-5 stalks of celery, if you want more please do so.
I meant to add carrots but I forgot to pick some up at the store. You can use whatever stock you like but I think chicken stock just tastes better with this.


I throw a few tablespoons of the frozen bacon into my stock pot and THEN turn the burner on to med high. When it starts to warm up and render fat then I know it's time to add my onion and celery. Let your onions and celery sweat a little in the bacony goodness.
Rinse and pick through your lentils and add them. Add your collards/greens (with juice)  and then add chicken stock/water to cover.
Bring to a boil, then cut the heat down, cover and simmer for at least 20 minutes until your lentils are cooked.
I usually add salt and pepper at the end because the bacon/chicken stock is salty enough.
I served mine with toasted pumpernickle bread.
Again, we didn't have enough to put up in the freezer but my mom says it freezes well.

I hope I didn't talk you guys to death but if you have any questions or comments let me know.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / curtains for the man room!!! and a little rant on: September 04, 2010 12:16:23 PM
Hello all in Craftster land!!! This is my first posting!!
I have been a lurker for some time now and after seeing some of the incredible, awesome stuff you all put on here, I decided to add one of my own...I hope this isn't going to be too lengthy or too much of a rant, bear with me.
Forgiveness if I don't put this in the right area..I'm still a luddite with the compooter/internets. Hopefully I can get my pictures on here without blowing up something...

My husband is in the military and we live in a 2 bedroom apartment. The second bedroom is SUPPOSED to be office/craft room/workout/man room but really it is just MAN ROOM...it's ok, I am pretty good at organizing so I have come up with some creative solutions.

My biggest pet peeve is when things are put on the wall with thumbtacks, I used to be a picture framer so hanging things up with tacks makes me twitch...some people can do it well...but in this room it's already crowded and the flags made everything seem like it was closing in.
He didn't have any curtains in there and weirdly, they were the same length as the window...soooo...i just put an extra grommet in the middle and hung them on the curtain rod with some leftover shower curtain hangers.
VIOLA!!! It worked out great!

The Gadsden Flag was already washed so it hangs a little softer than the 82nd flag.
It's not really the best, but if you have a man who likes flags (and nowhere to fly them) this might be a good backup plan...

Also, let me add..I don't know if you will care or not but my husband advises to not do this to a national flag..you are not supposed to alter a national flag in any way.

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