This is the first time I've ever grown Kale in my veggie garden and it's
absolutely perfect!  Amazingly, the beatles have not discovered this
particular leaf.  Maybe the marigolds I planted around my veggies helped
with that afterall?  Not even the bunnies chewed on any of our leafy vegetables.
Look how lush this kale looks.....
Wait for it.....
BEAUTIFUL!!

Awhile back I posted on baking your own kale chipsYesterday, I picked a
bucketful of this lush bounty and started getting ready to bake some kale!

I was out of parchment paper which lead to a crazy chase all over the village for
some more while my oven was heating up.  Nothing's ever easy is it?

This time when I made them, I made the raw chunks larger and it worked out much better because they shrink up soooo much after baking.

These may appear to be wilty looking dulse-like treats, however, are light and
crisp with just a touch of sea salt and extremely addictive!

To make your own kale chips.....

Wash your kale
Cut out the center stem
Tear into bite size chunks
Spin in salad spinner to dry
Toss in a bowl with drizzled olive oil.
Line a cookie sheet with Parchment Paper.
Sprinkle sea salt very lightly over kale
Bake in a 350F oven for 10-12 minutes til crispy.
Kale chips make a wonderful, healthy alternative to potato chips
for serving as a light snack to your company or just as
an extra special treat for yourself!
I love eating the food we grow ourselves!
xo
wendy
 
 
If you aren't living under a rock...and if you are trying to diet
like Dan & I are....you've probably heard the guff (what an awesome 70s word!)
going around about Cauliflower Chips and Kale Chips.

I actually just heard about the Cauliflower chips from my friend Maureen
(who I'm sure will blog about them soon...right Maureen?)
over at It's All Connected, but I recently attempted to make both of these on
a lazy afternoon when Dan & I were kicking back watching "The Wire" Season One.

Experiment #1
Kale Chips

Very simple to do!  I got my recipe from Allrecipes.com and it was informative
and most of all...an absolutely delicious alternative to potato chips!

Wash your kale
Cut out the center stem
Tear into bite size chunks
Spin in salad spinner to dry
Toss in a bowl with drizzled olive oil.
Line a cookie sheet with Parchment Paper.
Sprinkle sea salt lightly over kale
Bake in a 350F oven for 10-12 minutes til crispy.
Seriously...these were so much more tasty than I dreamed they'd be and both Dan & I
loved the wondrous flavour and crispy, light texture of them.
Only problem I can see is that next time, we'll need to make two batches, because it
truly does shrink up soooo much!

Experiment #2
Cauliflower Chips

This was a flub for me.
However, upon rereading my source, which I'll get to shortly,  I'm embarassed I
couldn't make them as wonderfully as they looked on her blog!
I believe I made the mistake of not leaving them in long enough.
I was worried they'd burn.

So, don't worry and TRY THEM!
Delightful Momma made these and they look mouthwatering!
The taste of mine was good, just not as crispy as I'd like to have them because
in my fear of them burning the poppers,  I turned the oven down and took them out
15 minutes earlier than I should have.
I see now her posting reads "the browner the better".
Next time I'll try to hold myself back from my fears!
I'm definitely going to try to make these again!
with NO FEAR!
Give these healthy snacks and try and let me know what you think okay?
It's the weekend and time to snack!
xo
 
 
Have you ever made up a recipe off the top of your head
because you can't find what you are "feeling like eating" in any of your cookbooks?
That's what I did on Monday for dinner!
For more on this delicious Mediterranean Turkey Roll,
Go HERE!
Mmmmmmmm.

 
 
Ever wondered how to make the most succulent
Prime Rib Roast ever?
Well....I'm going to show you how we do it and I hope you'll try it and
please let me know how it works out for yah!

Go HERE to see the whole dinner and the reason for the special dinner!
Thank goodness for great friends to cook for!
xo
 
 
This is so totally not related to Christmas....
and I'm loving that after immersing myself in the Christmas Front Porch!
I actually didn't want to blog the last few days....just needed to relax and be, but I'm back now!  Hahahaha!  With a vengeance?  Hmmmm.

You know you want it......
Go HERE
to
In The Kitchen
for the how to and what for on
Eggplant and Spinach Lasagna!
Yum!
xo