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Kale Chips

26 Jun

After having finished a bag of tuber chips, I wanted more chips.  Due to the damage I already did with The Hubby’s bag of shrimp chips, I felt guilty and decided to set my hungry eyes toward a different direction.  And that’s when I remembered the two bunches of kale (red and green) that we recently bought from the Redmond Saturday Market.

I love kale (wow, okay, I call the shirt for this), but I only ever cook it in two ways: in a soup or sautéed.  I never thought of making kale chipsKale chips just sound too vegan for me.  No offense, dear vegans.  I have nothing against veggies.  As a matter of fact, I love veggies (I call the shirt for this too).  Somewhere out there, someone’s saying “never say never.”  That someone beneath a pale moonlight is right.  I should never have said never.

I have yet come across a recipe for kale chips using rendered bacon fat instead of olive oil, and I wanted to be the first.  Unfortunately, or fortunately (depending on how you see it), we didn’t have any available.  Nevertheless, the kale chips I made had enough crunch and salt to make me have my fill of chips for the day.

Kale Chips

6-8 kale leaves
3-4 tbs of olive oil (or melted bacon fat, for the interested)
pinch of salt

Wash and dry the leaves.  Remove the ribs and tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces.  Drizzle the oil/fat and toss the leaves.  Season with salt.  Bake at 350˚F for 8-10 mins or until crispy.  Baking time will vary depending on the size of the leaves, so leave in the oven until the desired crispness is reached.

Smile and serve with lemon juice for dipping.

Smart Puffs

4 Mar

I made the mistake of packing late two nights ago.  Pulling books that housed several species of dust bunnies when there’s inadequate circulation was not a smart move.  With a temperature of near freezing, I didn’t open any windows in order to keep the heat in.  However, I did turn on all three available exhaust fans so maybe that helped a tad with ventilation. Yesterday, I began packing early afternoon to take advantage of the tolerably cool temperature and the few minutes of sunshine which allowed me to keep the windows open.  For a couple of hours, I sauntered around the apartment looking like a bandit with a bandana mask on and toting packaging materials.  To provide better packing ambience, I turned on the 360 so Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons can play in the background. Like dinnerware and drinkware, books must be painstakingly packed.  Perhaps that’s just me. I’m happy that there are only five more shelves to empty.  One small bookcase is practically empty and that makes me happier.  I managed to make it through box #10 before it began to rain.  Thus, the weather necessitated closing the windows and consequently haulting my activity. During my breather (literally), I snacked on PIRATE BRANDS Smart Puffs.  I finished bag #1 a couple of nights ago when I first started packing and finished bag #2 yesterday afternoon.  There’s something about packing that makes me crave Smart Puffs.  The most critical of you are probably saying, “Cheese puffs for dinner?  Why, that’s just empty calories!”  Fine, so it is.  But you know, they’re cheesetastic empty calories.  So there. And for the weekend… more packing.  Hopefuly, more Smart Puffs too.