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Weekend Cook and Tell: Legacy of the Lentil

Welcome once again to the Weekend Cook and Tell where every Wednesday we leaf through the food sections of various national newspapers in search of inspiration for a weekend cooking project. We hope you'll cook along with us and share your experiences, recipes, and photos here.

This week Grant Butler of The Oregonian writes, "lentils are one of the wallflowers of the food world," and we couldn't agree with him more. Seriously, when was the last time you were met with a truly spectacular lentil recipe? Sure, lentil soup is a wonderful cold weather warmer and no Indian meal is complete without dal but these little legumes are about as far from glamorous as you can get. But what they lack in glam they make up for in good for you points, affordability, and versatility.

For this week's challenge (and it's a big one) we're asking all of you to elevate the humble lentil into something truly spectacular. And for this one the sky truly is the limit. You can journey to France and replicate a hearty plate of lentils and andouillette, roll up them up in roti Indian-style, or please your vegetarian friends with a lentil pâté. Just remember, no dull, soupy lentils here, we're looking for the wow factor!

Show us photos of your lentil-iest creations on Photograzing (make sure to include "Cook and Tell" in your submission title) and tell us about your recipes here! If you'd like to blog the experience, please leave a link in the comments below. We'll post a round-up of your best fall and winter lentil recipes, ideas, and experiences next Wednesday.

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