The current issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine arrived at my house recently. As always, the first thing I did was flip to the back recipe section to see what edibles are in store this month. I wasn’t disappointed either, there are 32 recipes in this issue– including the lentil burgers you see pictured here. I’ve never made lentil burgers before. I’ve even teased a few of my vegetarian friends about lentil burgers. So I was surprised to find that Martha’s Lentil Patties with Lettuce and Yogurt appealed to me so completely. This is partly because the recipe isn’t trying to be a a cuter than cute replacement for meat. I see it as just another delicious (and simple) way to enjoy my favorite legume. This time in the form of a lentil burger.
Once I decided which recipe I was going to try first, I started looking through the rest of the issue. I immediately noticed that this is the first time the January and February issues of Martha Stewart Living have been rolled into one seasonal issue. Which is fine with me. The January issues in the past were usually all about clutter-clearing your closets and keeping your home desk organized. Useful tips were sure to be found, but frankly they bored me. I’m not saying these organizational inspirations aren’t featured in this combo issue. They are. But they’re balanced with the things I like best about MSL, the edible inspirations.
Eric Pike (editor in chief) must feel the same way. He opens the issue warning us that the “excess of the holidays” means that “early winter is often a time for rebooting healthy eating habits…”