happy weekend!

{what i want to wear all weekend}

I hope you have a good one!

I’m making soup, going to a concert, and doing an ungodly amount of grading. The students wrote speeches about historical figures who inspire them, and I’m actually really excited to read them. I think they’ll be charming and potentially quite amusing.

Wishing you a great weekend! Here are a few entertaining links and a delicious soup recipe from The New York Timeslv, molly

* An excellent “Daily Show” episode focused on education; I love Jon Stewart even more (features an NYU professor too, holler!)

* Polenta + Poppyseed Cupcakes

* Cocktail dresses

* Tom Waits + Robert Frank in NYC

UPDATE: I TOTALLY MESSED UP THIS SOUP! IT WAS GROSS! Maybe because I didn’t actually puree it! But something was seriously off. Any tips? My mom’s made this innumerable times, and it was delicious. Blargh!!!!!

Red Lentil Soup with Lemon

Serves 4

3 Tbl olive oil, more for drizzling
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbl tomato paste
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp kosher salt, more to taste
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
Pinch of ground chili powder or cayenne, more to taste
1 quart chicken or vegetable broth
1 C red lentils
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
Juice of 1/2 lemon, more to taste
3 Tbl chopped fresh cilantro

In a large pot, heat 3 tablespoons oil over high heat until hot and shimmering. Add onion and garlic, and sauté until golden, about 4 minutes.
Stir in tomato paste, cumin, salt, black pepper and chili powder or cayenne, and sauté for 2 minutes longer.
Add broth, 2 cups water, lentils and carrot. Bring to a simmer, then partially cover pot and turn heat to medium-low. Simmer until lentils are soft, about 30 minutes. Taste and add salt if necessary.
Using an immersion or regular blender or a food processor, purée half the soup then add it back to pot. Soup should be somewhat chunky.
Reheat soup if necessary; then stir in lemon juice and cilantro. Serve soup drizzled with good olive oil and dusted lightly with chili powder if desired.

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