Get It While It’s Hot!

New Community Cookbook Fundraiser

Locavorific! A bowl of AM Lentol’s Red Lentil Pumpkin Soup made with butternut squash from St. Nicks Alliance’s vegetable garden, presented in pre-WWII Finnish china purchased from Junk when it was located on Driggs Avenue.

The School Settlement Cookbook isn’t quite hot off the presses yet, but it’s heating up Kickstarter.
As of this writing there are 25 pledges offering $2440 with 35 days left to go to reach its goal of $2500.

This cookbook will be filled with 40 recipes and stories of those who have personal links to School Settlement Association. Local leaders such as Brooklyn Borough President Adams, Deputy BBP Reyna, Council Member Antonio Reynoso, and Assemblyman Lentol have submitted recipes.  Bamontes, Manhattan Special Soda Company, and Crest Hardware are among the neighborhood establishments contributing recipes to the cookbook.

“The School Settlement Association does important work for the residents of Williamsburg and surrounding communities, helping our borough raise healthy children and families. I am proud to provide support, however I can, to their tireless efforts that will ultimately produce a high-quality community center enriching the lives of the young and young at heart.”

Funds raised from The School Settlement Cookbook will go to rebuild School Settlement Association’s current structure at 120 Jackson Street, originally built in 1915. This is St. Nicks Alliance’s first step toward raising the $18M needed to build a modern community center that will foster future generations of Williamsburg residents.  The project has capital funding of $4M from BBP Adams and the NYC Council and St. Nicks Alliance will also be contributing funds that will go toward the $18M. The cookbook, in addition to being a raiser of funds also wishes to raise awareness about The School Settlement’s past and present roles in the community that are indicative of its future one.

Taylor Erkkinen of Brooklyn Kitchen holds the editing reins of this compilation of old home to newfangled neighborhood tastes. The quality of the recipes that have appeared in GREENLINE, demonstrates the book is a bargain at $20 a copy (or the comparable alternate levels to pledge at).

To pledge go to: or once on the Kickstarter site search for “School Settlement Cookbook”.  Then pick a pledge option which appeals to you. It’s a most delicious way to help build a community center.

When asked to comment on his recipe in The School Settlement Community Cookbook Assemblyman Lentol said, “On a warm winter evening there is nothing I like more than a delicious bowl of lentil soup. It also helps that my name is strikingly similar. When people don’t understand my name, I say Lentol – like the soup! I hope others enjoy this great recipe that I have been enjoying for years.”

AM Lentol said this on December 22, 2015, a rather warm winter day that reached near the 60 degree mark.  I’d hazard a guess he’d meant to say “cold winter evening”, yet this wonderful (and slightly spicy soup) would take the chill off served either hot or cold. Hot is certainly the default serving temperature recommendation. However, I can personally attest it is delicious at any degree.

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol’s Red Lentil Pumpkin Soup

Serves 4
Takes about 30 minutes to make


2 teaspoons canola oil

1 cup chopped onion

1 teaspoon minced garlic

3 1/2 cups vegetable broth, divided

1 cup dried small red lentils • 1 teaspoon ground cumin•1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

1 cup water• 3/4 cup canned pumpkin

1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice• 3 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt

1/4 cup unsalted pumpkinseed kernels, toasted

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat.
  3. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 4 minutes.
  4. Stir in 3 cups broth, lentils, cumin, salt, cinnamon, red pepper; bring to a boil.
  5. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until lentils are tender.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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