Pigs in a blanket

Sometimes people ask me, “do you really eat like this?” I get confused, what does this mean? I do eat a lot of produce, minimally purchase processed foods, and avoid artificial anythings. Yet even I have my vices.

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Spicy Kale with Walnuts

Kale became a major player in my food intake this year — especially in the spring, when it was so easy to get fresh and local.

There’s really not much I can think of to say about this — it was simple to put together, a little more daring than I normally dare to tread, and nice and spicy (the way I like it!). Great as part of a simple supper: two garlic brats, some roasted radishes, and the kale.

Spicy Kale with Walnuts

Serves 2-3 as a side

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of kale, torn into pieces, stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
Directions
  • Bring a pot of water to boil and lightly blanch kale — approximately 4-5 minutes.
  • While water boils or kale cooks, lightly toast walnuts and oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  • Add diced onion and garlic, and increase heat to medium/medium high while sauteing, allowing onion to soften
  • Thoroughly drain cooked kale in a colander, and add to walnut and onion mixture. Add crushed red pepper and saute for a minute, allowing flavors to blend. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Simple Apple Cake for reminiscing

I, like many others, reacted to Steve Jobs’ death with shock. The outpouring of support and reflection also caught me off-guard, as my social media feeds filled with friends mourning the passing of a man who represented so much more than a product or a brand. I made this cake today, and was asked, “is this in honor of Steve?” Not directly, perhaps, but if the memory of a man can be honored in an 8×8″ pan, here it is.

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