hold on to your hats, and a recipe

 Okay, folks. Hold on to your hats.
 Okay, not that...

 Or those - but aren't they gorgeous?

Look at this:

Oh, yes. Found at Frenchy's after all of the other great things I posted last week. The lid is also a small skillet. It's a sweet little Le Creuset pot that we've already used a few times, after a day's worth of scrubbing and soaking to bring it back to its beautiful self. A Le Creuset piece is something that I have always dreamed of finding at a thrift store, and now it's happened! (I know that you're secretly a little bit jealous, and I don't blame you at all. I would be too. Come over, and I'll make something for you in it.)

Tonight's leftover meal (being reheated in it in the picture) is one of our favourite meals. I posted the recipe back in 2009 - it's Lentil Sloppy Joes. The boys inhale them, we love them, and they only get better the next day. They're vegan, filling, delicious, and even healthy. The original recipes is from a book of vegetarian slow cooker meals, and I've lost the name of it. If you know, please tell me! Here's the recipe again:

Lentil Sloppy Joes

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste
1/2 cup ketchup
1 1/2 cups water, or more as needed - it tends to burn with too little water
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 cups cooked brown or green lentils, drained and rinsed
hot pepper sauce (optional)
toasted hamburger buns

1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and celery and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, salt and pepper and cook, stirring for one minute. Stir in ketchup, water, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and mustard. Transfer to slow cooker stoneware. Add lentils and stir well.

2. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours, until hot and bubbling. Add hot pepper sauce to taste, if using. Ladle over hot toasted buns and serve immediately.

You can also bake this in the oven at 375 for an hour and a half or so, and if you're not set on it being vegan, you can top it with shredded cheese.


After a full weekend, it's back to work tomorrow. We had an open house yesterday, and we're having another next weekend, so who knows? Maybe something will come of that. Have a good week!


  1. Sherrie, you are killing me with all the neat stuff you are finding at Frenchy's lately. And it's blue... my favorite color. I need to get myself over at Frenchy's and start finding cool stuff ''again''. I've made that recipe a few times since you posted a few years back and we love it. Have a good Monday and a good week at work.

    1. I'm so glad you've enjoyed the lentils. They're SO yummy! You have a good week, too!

  2. I am short a dinner in my meal plan for the week, and I have everything for this recipe already. We'll be trying it - Thanks!

    1. Awesome, Jane! I hope you guys enjoy it.

  3. Jealous. I never find great bargains like that at our local thrift stores. We need a Frenchy's in the U.S....Virginia....Yorktown to be exact!

    1. I think the trick might be stopping in often and not for long; that's when I seem to find things. :)

  4. Oh Sherrie! I am jealous. Not secretly either; before I even read what you wrote after "found at Frenchy's," I said out loud, "Oh Sherrie, I'm so jealous!" What Frenchy's do you go to, anyway?

  5. I stop at them all, Bobbiann! Usually when I'm looking for something particular, although I'll always stop to have a peek at the glassware. This was from the Tusket one; I often find nothing there, but this gem was worth stopping for sure!

  6. Great find! I have a couple of Le Creuset pans that were my mum's. We use them all the time. They also need a good soak and scrub actually. How did you get this one to come up so well?

  7. Thanks, Mad! I did a variety of things. The insides of the pans weren't bad at all, but the outsides (especially of the pan/lid) was almost entirely black. I soaked in baking soda, sprayed with vinegar, soaked in water, but the only thing that really worked was a lot of elbow grease with some steel wool. I was hesitant to do it initially, because I didn't want to scratch the enamel, but it didn't scratch at all, and came off really well. :)

  8. Carmen1/16/2012

    Oh Sherrie! So happy for your fantastic find...and totally jealous. (In the very best way!) Thanks for the repost of the recipe. We've been trying to do more with lentils this winter. (Just finished some lentil & sweet potato soup at lunch today. Yum.) Really looking forward to trying the Sloppy Joes. I think they'll be on this week's menu! :)

  9. What I said on Facebook: so jealous but soooo happy for you! What a great, great find! I can't believe anyone would get rid of their Le Creuset.

    The lentil recipe sounds so yummy...thanks for sharing it!


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