August In Bloom

It feels like cheating, leaving Florida right in the middle of summer for places that don’t even need air conditioning.This month we visited Toby’s family in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Our days on Lanes Cove feel like summer camp, only with good food and wine. We ate the usual New England summer bounty of vibrant salads and lobsters and corn, but somehow lentils stole the show.  
Ali’s fried lentils are superb. Here’s how to make them: Boil black lentils until al dente (doesn’t take long, 10 minutes max). Spread them on a baking sheet lined with towels and leave them a while until they’re thoroughly dry. Saute them in plenty of oil and garlic and seasonings (whatever you like) until they’re crispy. Serve ’em up hot. Already looking forward to next year.  xoxo 




7 Comments August In Bloom

  1. Robin Draper August 27, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I need to leave Florida more. Thanks for the great article!

    1. suwanneerose August 28, 2017 at 6:24 am

      Summer is a good time to do it! Thanks, Robin!

  2. Cheryl Bredin August 27, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Looks so fun! However, the cheating part is when you are back in the steamy jungles of SW Florida, you turn on the AC. That’s the cheating part. It’s been raining hard for 4 days now. Like 8 hours at a go and then again at night. Yesterday I was told we got 7.5″ of rain. We are stuck in a low… mostly right here in Lee County.

    1. suwanneerose August 28, 2017 at 6:23 am

      You’re right, and I definitely cheated, Cheryl! It wasn’t easy to return to the steamy jungle.
      I can’t believe all this rain. Enough already! I think even the plants have had enough. I hope the sun comes out soon.

  3. Coley August 28, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Gloucester! I hope to get back one summer soon. Thanks for the memories – a piece of my heart will forever be there. Those lentils look great. I might make them this afternoon!

    1. suwanneerose August 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      I always leave a piece of my heart there, too. We should meet there one of these days! Phoebe would love it.
      I hope you like those lentils. You’ll know you’ve got it just right when they’re tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. Very snackable.

  4. Sue September 11, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Hello Danielle… we are thinking of you all; that you are safe and calm. Drop us a line when you get a chance. Hugs!

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