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It’s a Groundhog Day Party

February 4, 2014

Ever heard of a Groundhog Day party? No? Seriously? Best party you’ll attend all year!

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The tradition began five years ago. My friends Ryan and Stephen don’t look it but they are absolutely amazing at party planning. Since that first year a tradition has unfolded.

Here’s the first year:

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We made a delicious vegan lentil chili and, of course, the traditional groundhog pudding.

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Lentil Chili
Makes 8 cups (4 bowls)
Ingredients
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup brown lentils
2 bay leaves
One 15 oz can white beans
One 15 oz can pinto beans
One 15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup vegetable broth
2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Preparation
Step One
In a large pot, heat the oil until hot. Add the onion and garlic, and cook over moderate heat until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

Step Two
Add the ginger, chili powder, ground cumin, and black pepper, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step Three
Add the lentils, bay leaves, and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

Step Four
Stir in the beans, tomatoes, and broth, and bring to a boil.

Step Five
Simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes.

Step Six
Add the jalapeño.

Step Seven
Remove bay leaves.

Step Eight
Top with the cilantro

And here’s how we make our vegan Groundhog Day pudding:

Dirt pudding
Makes 6 servings

Mix Chocolate pudding recipe with almond milk in place of milk.

Crush 2/3 Oreos per dirt cup.

Place Teddy Graham’s at the bottom of the cup, then pudding and Oreos.

Refrigerate until serving.

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As is tradition, we watched Bill Murray go crazy over and over again and ended the night with fireworks including but not limited to Crazy Groundhogs.

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It was a good Groundhog Day.

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