Food for Thought: Enter lentil recipes for festival

By Loretto Hulse, Herald staff writerJune 5, 2013 

Lentils, love them or hate them, they're the star of Pullman's annual festival Aug. 17-18. There will be lots of lentil dishes to sample, a lentil pancake breakfast, parade, music and, best of all, the legendary lentil cook-off with a grand prize of $1,000.

The recipes will be pre-screened in July, with the top six prepared and served during the festival. The public will judge each of the recipes at 2 p.m. Aug. 18.

Recipes need to be original, creative and easy to prepare. Dishes will be rated on appearance, flavor, aroma and texture. Each recipe must include at least a half-cup of raw lentils or one cup cooked lentils.

The deadline to enter is July 2.

For more information, call the National Lentil Festival, 800-365-6948. Details are available online at Click on "Join Us" and then "Contest Applications" for official rules and an entry form.

Farmers market

The Richland farmers market opens for the season from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

For more information, go to

Sassy gifts

If you're looking for something different for dad this Father's Day, check out the zesty offerings at the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wis.

Choose from a selection of mustards gathered from around the world, vinegars, chutney, jerk seasonings, candies, fudge sauces and more.

To check out the selection, go to

June tastings

Mercer Estates Winery in Prosser is holding a series of events each Saturday through June. Cost is $5, waived if you make a purchase. Or free for all dads June 15.

The lineup: a special appetizer and wine pairing June 8; free wine tastings for dads along with a tour of the barrel room June 15; grilled snacks and wine by the glass specials June 22; and wine-by-the-glass specials June 29.

The winery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

For more information, go to Or call 509-786-2097.

The winery is at 3100 Lee Road in Prosser.

New read

The book: A Well-Seasoned Kitchen: Classic Recipes for Contemporary Living by Sally Clayton and Lee Clayton Roper.

Cost: $35

Best for: This mother-daughter team has compiled 186 tested recipes for entertaining and special family dinners with menus and full-color photos. Many of the dishes can be made partially or entirely ahead of time, freeing the cook to enjoy the party too.


*Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; To receive a recipe via email each Tuesday, register at and click on newsletters. This exclusive recipe does not appear in the newspaper.

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