Info and recipes for kale

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Storage: Kale keeps best in your refrigerator, in a plastic bag.

To Prepare: If the stalks or petioles are tough, strip the leaves off of them either by cutting them off, or – our favorite technique – hold the base of the stalk with one hand, loosely wrap the fingers of your other hand around the stalk and pull the whole thing through. If all goes well, the leaves should tear right off. Now rinse and dry the leaves and proceed according to your recipe.

To Put By: Remove leaves from stalks, pack into freezer bags and freeze. When you’re ready to use it, just chop or shave off as much of you need and put the rest back into the freezer. If you prefer blanching, do so briefly: 30 seconds in boiling water should do the trick.

Kale Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

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A hearty salad with a smooth, rich dressing that hits all of the right points: tender kale, crunchy carrots, smokey bacon, tangy mustard, sweet maple. Serve as a side or, with the hard boiled eggs and sautéed mushrooms, there is enough here to be a meal by itself.  Continue reading »

Winter Vegetable Soup

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Pat sent us another great recipe from the GACC kitchen. It wowed us the first time we tried it, with it’s sweet, savory, tangy and rich flavor, packed full of seasonal veggies. She got it from the cookbook: Ladle, Leaf, and Loaf.  Continue reading »

Lacinato Kale and Savoy Cabbage with White Beans

IMG_0960We found this recipe in Deborah Madison’s cook book “Local Flavors” years ago. The combination of kale, cabbage and beans didn’t jump out at us at first, but we tried it and we’ve loved it ever since. The dark green of the kale, light green of the cabbage and reddish-brown and white of the beans … Continue reading »

Massaged Kale Salad with Roasted Winter Veggies and Garlic Croutons

IMG_0975There’s nothing wrong with a big plate full of a rainbow of winter veggies and bright flavors. This makes a veggie rich meal that will have your dinner table singing with color at a time of year when we’re used to more drab fare. This recipe is a little more involved than what we usually … Continue reading »

Really Outstanding Kale Pesto

IMG_6910Alternative pestos (alternatives to basil pesto, that is) sometimes feel like last ditch efforts to use up excess, or even unwanted, vegetables. Not this one! This is delicious, and quick and simple to throw together, and it keeps us all (including our 8 year old!) coming back for more. You can even make it ahead: … Continue reading »