Friday, September 17, 2010

Lentil Breakdown Turns One!

I can’t believe my little Lentil is a year old already.
Seems like only yesterday I brought her home from the bulk foods section, kicking and screaming. This photo was from that very first day. She's calmed down a bit, but still keeps me up nights needing constant feeding and changing. Some days I'm even sorry I had her. But when she looks at me with those big brown eyes, somehow it all seems worthwhile.

I've written anecdotes, recipes, travel bites, odes, articles and taken many a shot with my little Canon point and shoot. And while I’m no Miles Davis when it comes to tooting my horn (although I often feel Kind of Blue), I’ve decided to share a few milestones with you. So consider this my virtual wallet of fold-out snapshots that you don’t really want to see. With obligatory clicking.

Lentil Breakdown’s Year in Review, in order of appearance:

I went to Turkey and Conquered the Eat-oh-man Empire.

I lost the best mother I ever had and found The Last Butterscotch.

My Seductive Leek and Mushroom Tart had my dinner guests moaning.

I posed the question, What Lettuce Type are You?

I went to New York and

had a discussion with myself in
Ms. Frugal vs. Ms. Foodie.

I made fabulous new foodie friends at Camp Blogaway.

I met Mario Batali in Los Angeles and wrote a Memo to Mario Batali.

I weighed in on Al & Tipper Gore’s marriage via Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors in Six Freezing Degrees of Al & Tipper’s Separation.

I created Chelsea Clinton’s wedding menu.

I lost my old friend Howard and went Chillin’ with the Chiles in Santa Fe.

I also shared travel photos of street vendors and markets in Poland, Turkey, Mexico, France, England, New York and Hungary and

waxed poetic about an olive branch, a monk and a virgin.

But I've still got so many leguminous ideas up my sleeve, I could fill an Indian market. So thanks for reading, and I hope you'll be here for my next Lentil Breakdown.


  1. Adair, happy blogaversary! I'm always delighted with your clever wit and fantastic, healthy recipes. I look forward to another year of reading about your delightful culinary adventures.

  2. Congratulations on such a funny and interesting year. Now comes the terrible 'twos'!

  3. Congrats on your 1st Anniversary! So pleased to have found you this year and to have shared but a small part of your leguminous magnificence. Looking forward to year two and wishing you all possible happiness!

  4. After a year of lentils, we need some Beano!

    Jes kiddin'

    Love your blog, and am enjoying being your FBLA friend.

  5. Cheers!!! Ching, ching!!! Salud!!! You are fantastic and I'm so glad we connected - first via the web and then for real. I've enjoyed following your blog and getting to know you. You should be proud, mama!

  6. Gosh. In one year, such a great collection of stories and adventures. I'm mad jealous that you got to meet Batali, my clog-clunking Italian hero!

  7. Silvina, Jim, Diva, Dorothy, Andrea and Sophia: Thanks so much for your kind words and for being my blogging buddies!

  8. was nice for me to land here on this particular post because it gave me a small glimpse to your interesting personality through great food and experiences. I will certainly have to try that leek-mushroom tart...yum!

    BTW...I want to thank you for passing by as well as making a very nice comment and pertinant tip (which I responded to) that will make us experiment more with less expensive liquors ;o)

    Nice discovering your culinary journey and congrats on having been here for a year already ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  9. Claudia: thanks for stopping by!

  10. Congrats on your 1st birthday! I'm thrilled to have recently discovered your blog and I can't wait to see what the future holds!

  11. I will tag along. Seems that if I don't check your blog regularly, I develop a condition called "low blood lentil." Then I pop in and hey presto, I'm all better. Thanks--and congratulations.

  12. Faith and Becky: Thanks! I am happy to have discovered your blogs too!

  13. Happy Blog Birthday to you!! This is such an exciting time, just as fun as a real birthday. How cute is that "Hi" photo. May you have many more years of wonderful blog success. I am happy to be one of your blog buddies :)

  14. You remain one of the most clever writer in the blogosphere! GREG

  15. Marla and Greg: Thanks! It's been so fun getting to know you and your blogs this year. (Doesn't this sound like a high school yearbook? But it's true!)

  16. Ya Hooooooo HOray for the break down!

  17. Adair, happy blogoversary! I have 4 1/2 months to go! Your blog is amazing.