My resolution this year, it is to SIMPLIFY. I joked with a friend who also was making her resolutions, and she said that climbing Mt. Everest may be easier (laugh). I am not sure what simplifying means exactly for me except that I want to focus on what I enjoy more often, on what I don't, less often.
I do enjoy gardening. Gardening is obviously is an extension of my food obsession. You should not get the impression that I have a clue as to what I am doing in the garden only that I love the feel of my hands in the dirt, and that gardening is therapeutic. More importantly, the idea that the food that we grow is brought directly from our dirt to my family or friends table is a soulful experience. I am hooked.
Kale is one of the vegetable greens that have done really well in our garden. Kale is often referred to as a superfood. Loaded with vitamins and anti-oxidants. I was not sure initially what my reaction to kale would be, but I have been surprised at its mild flavor. Fresh kale takes very little effort to make it delicious. A little pepper, salt and garlic sauteed in olive oil....well you can decide for yourself. If you have read my previous garden post on Kohlrabi http://bit.ly/u1cXmW by God, if it grows well, it will be planted! Which means I have plenty of kale in the garden too.
This time kale is going to a different level with the preparation of kale chips. Surprisingly pretty damn good. If you are feeling like a holiday slug just surfacing from your food coma-toss the potato chips, take a whack at these chips.
Fresh Kale from the garden- Is that amazing?
Tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces, wash throughly and spin dry. Toss your fresh kale in olive oil and sea salt.
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Lay out the kale in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes or until crisp.
Kale chips are surprisingly light and flavorful with the addition of sea salt and olive oil.
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