Love them or hate them, lentils are the star of Pullman's annual festival scheduled for Aug. 17-18. There will be plenty of lentil dishes to sample, a lentil pancake breakfast, a 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 and 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 of cooked lentils.
Deadline to enter is July 2.
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For more information, call the National Lentil Festival at 800-365-6948. All of the details are online, too, at www.lentilfest.com. Click on "Join Us" and then "Contest Applications" for official rules and an entry form.
New recipes, techniques
Learn how to increase the veggies in your diet and about a new gluten-free chicken dish in two classes offered through Kennewick Community Education.
-- May 19, Jennifer McCann will demonstrate how smoothies can add more veggies and fruits to your diet. Learn about the difference between smoothies and juicing, and some common pitfalls to avoid. Best of all, you'll learn a simple formula for creating your own amazing green smoothies. The class runs from 10-11 a.m. in Room 436 at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick.
-- May 22, Gayle Noga, owner of Giggles Gluten Free Bakery, will show how to prepare a gluten-free chicken dish. Taste testing and recipes included. The class is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 109 at Southridge High School. Cost is $21.
Advance registration is required, call 222-5080 or go to http://communityed.ksd.org.
Healthy food classes
A series of Food for Life classes will be taught this year by Nancy Lyons, a registered nurse and Food for Life instructor for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
The How Foods Fight Cancer series runs May 23 and 30. Cost is $50. The Kickstart Your Health: The Power of Food for Healthy Weight Management runs May 26, and June 2, 9, 16 and 23. Cost is $87.50.
All classes will be at the Salad Master Kitchen, 3311 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick.
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