Evan’s grandfather is just about the neatest person I’ve ever met. I gravitate towards eccentric, strong and creative people…even though they sometimes intimidate me. If you can tell a good story or talk in creepy little voices (funny creepy, though)…then come my way. And if you are a 91 year old Jewish man with a heavy a NYC accent, all the better. Bring it. Talk to me loud. Tell me how it is.
Julius Lentz lives in a way-up-there-high apartment on 5th Avenue. He lllllloves the city. I believe that he questions the sanity of people who chose to live the quiet “suburban life.” Life without noise and commotion…well…it is life without life. One time he stuck his head out his apartment window and gazed down at the honking, seemingly angry traffic. The electric chaos of the city had me on edge. He took a deep, smooth breath in and smiled. I relaxed. “I am just so lucky. I get to see this every day. What a lucky man I am”. He said something like that, but just imagine the accent….that makes it way cooler.
Julius Lentz was once an amazing artist. He whittled hunks of ugly wood into smooth and shapely figures. He was also a hard New York lawyer. I imagine that when he walked into the court room, his presence alone demanded respect. The men in the Lentz family do love a good battle.
Julius Lentz enjoys little nips of brandy in the evening. He likes Bagels with lox. He is always making sure that I know just how handsome his grandson is. “Isn’t my grandson handsome?” I really can’t get enough of his accent!
Evan’s grandpa isn’t doing so well, and the whole family has flown out to NYC. I am back in Boulder praying and keeping the Lentz family in my heart. I give gratitude for knowing such a vibrant, wonderful, funny man. And I give gratitude for his presence and influence in my boyfriend’s life.
If I could fly out to New York right now, I would cart this dish of warm, comforting butter chicken. I would serve it atop fluffy beds of jasmine rice and pour you cups of healing fresh chai.
Comforting Butter Chicken (click to be flown to the recipe!)
I found this wonderful recipe on Pioneer Woman’s rockin’ blog, Tasty Kitchen.
Follow the recipe above. I added 1 tablespoon garam masala and used 1/2 & 1/2 instead of heavy whipping cream.
All photos were taken by the talented and very handsome, Mr. Lentz.