Episode 380: Recipe Rights, Mushroom Steaks, and Refried Lentils

We discussed a recent New York Times article on the subject of recipe ownership and copyright laws.

Joy has been cooking up pressed mushroom steaks

Marisa shares her refried red lentil recipe:

2 tablespoons olive oil 

1/2 cup chopped red onion

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 cups cooked red lentils

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon kosher salt

4-5 turns of a pepper grinder

fresh lime juice, as needed

2 tablespoons chopped green onion to garnish (optional)

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. When it shimmers, add onions. Cook, stirring regularly, until the onions develop some brown spots and are fragrant, about five minutes. Add garlic and stir to combine. Add lentils, cumin, salt and pepper and stir. 

If the lentils appear to be sticking, add a splash of water to help things loosen. Use a potato masher to help break down the lentils as they simmer in the pan. 

Once the lentils are quite tender and have almost entirely lost their individuality, taste the refried lentils. Add more salt or a splash of lime juice to balance. 

Use as you would refried beans in burritos or quesadillas. 

Makes 2 1/2 cups. 

And finally, we do a rapid-fire round of what we’re loving lately.

2 thoughts on “Episode 380: Recipe Rights, Mushroom Steaks, and Refried Lentils”

  1. I’m usually able to find holiday boxes and tins to mail goodies @ Michaels craft store. Another possibility is Target, though their Christmas inventory gets depleted early!
    Love your show.

  2. The BBC Food Programme covered the Singaporean cookbook scandle a few weeks ago in their year end cookbook round up. They read a passage from each book and they were almost identical. They suggested that perhaps a ghostwriter was used for one, or both. I thought it was an interesting angle to bring to the debate, how many cookbook authors use ghostwriter or recipe developers and don’t give credit? Thinking celebrities in particular. Obviously something was up as the publishing company pulled the second book right away, you don’t do that if you’re confident about things.

    I also liked the “change 6 things and call it yours” guidelines sighted from the Cordon Blue in this article.

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