Simple, and flavorful. Good for any time of year, not just New Year's Day! This is not a large recipe. mostly because I am usually the one to eat most of this. The kids will eat a little, but I usually have to make something else for my picky husband!
This recipe works best when divided into 4 small loaf pans. When I bake it in one large loaf, the sides and top are over done, and the middle is still swishhy. I love to make the small loaves, and freeze them. Then, if we want to have one for breakfast, just take it out the night before. (The Martha Stewart Cookbook)
Cooking time for lentils can vary from 15 minutes to as long as 1 hour, depending on the type and age of the lentils. Red Lentils (which turn yellow when cooked) cook very quickly because they are split and after 15 to 20 minutes they soften to a puree. Brown lentils hold their shape better but can take longer to cook. Serve this soupy stew-like dish in a shallow bowl over brown rice. I got this from Prevention Magazine.
I see there are a lot of Monster cookie recipes on here, but there are slight variations of it. I prefer my mom's recipe. Yes I know it calls for a lot of ingredients and in large quantities, but what I like to do is make a large batch before Halloween--hence "Monster" cookies. I put the dough into containers and freeze. This helps me get a jump start on my holidays. I just give out the dough as gifts through the holidays. My family loves it because everyone loves them, but no one wants to take the time to make them.
About 8 years ago, My mom and I were both up at 2 in the am, watching the Food Network. This Chef (who isn't on the channel anymore) made the most amazing fish. Needless to say, we made it that night at 3 am!--and still make it today!
I found this recipe in a magazine about 6 years ago. I made this a few years later, and loved it! It was a fun alternative to make around the holidays. It was hard to find the chestnuts, but if you have a "World Market" store around, they sell a jar of chestnuts around the holidays for a fairly reasonable cost. I had never had chestnuts before, and was surprised when I opened the jar to find they are semi-soft, and very easy to work with. Enjoy!