by Carol Blymire on October 9, 2011

in Cooking

I flew home verrrrrrry this morning from Charleston, SC, and landed in time to make it to the farmers’ market right when it opened.  I was feeling ever so slightly hung-over from my friends’ wedding last night (more from lack of sleep than anything else), so my brain was a little fuzzy but my palate craved something healthy.  I picked up my regular weekly items: a whole chicken to roast, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, eggs, and lettuce.

Next to the red-leaf lettuce was a display of kale, which I have never really liked at all.  But, I’m bound and determined to find ways to enjoy eating it because it is so incredibly healthy and jam-packed with nutrients and all the necessary vitamins, and other science-y stuff that’s good for us.

I’ve tried making kale chips, but I just don’t like them.  Not sure why.  It’s a texture thing, I think.  And, I’ve shredded kale and tossed it into soup, but I don’t do it often and it kind of feels like all the good stuff gets cooked out of it by the time I eat it.

So, I took to Twitter and asked for some kale ideas, and MAN did folks give me some really great ideas… which I’m posting below so you can try them, too.

Below the Tweets are links to the recipes suggested in the Tweets, as well as links to some others I found this afternoon.   Have at it in the comments, too.  Tell me how you like your kale.  I really wanna know!



Links to kale recipes that sound really, really good to me:

Kale Caesar with Bottarga
Indian-Style Kale and Potatoes

Kale Caesar Salad

Caldo Verde
(Portuguese Kale Soup)
Kale Salad with Pine Nuts and Golden Raisins

Kale and Roasted Vegetable Soup

Braised Kale with Pancetta

Italian Sausage and Kale Gratin

Garlicky Greens


Kale and Black Bean Tacos
Kale with Baked Eggs (just sub in rice or potato flour for the AP flour in this recipe)



by Carol Blymire on October 6, 2011

in Ugh

Look, I love Apartment Therapy and its family of sites… but, COME ON, guys… this might be the dumbest, most nonsensical headline I’ve seen on Re-Nest, ever:


The story is here.

I mean, come on.  Really?



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Oh boy, do I hope you all have not been hit with whatever this virus is that seems to be going around. I’m on Day 4 of it, and AM NOT HANDLING THIS WELL AT ALL.  I am a terrible patient, and am even more cranky than my usual cranktastic self when I’m sick.  Bleh.  […]

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We did it!

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California Pizza Kitchen is reworking their gluten-free offerings.  Re-training their staff.  Figuring out how to honestly, correctly, and safely serve customers who can’t eat gluten.

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Gluten-free Procrastination

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Just a little round-up of things to read, look at, listen to: Udi’s Gluten-free Foods Launches Online Community (I love their breads!) New York Times: The Elusive Big Idea Stephanie Stiavetti’s serves up gluten-free brioche on Ruhlman’s blog. I love Victoria’s site, and I love this animated gif she found.  I need those lights swinging […]

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I need a Sidecar. STAT!

September 14, 2011
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  One of my clients has their big annual fundraising dinner tonight, so it’s been a crazy few weeks getting ready for it.  As soon as the dinner is over and I can get home and take off these high heels and peel off this dress, I’m making myself a well-deserved Sidecar.  My recipe is […]

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Polenta with Mushrooms

September 12, 2011
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Oh my goodness, all this rain.  I mean, it was sunny and so beautiful this past weekend, but since I came home from vacation it has been one rainy day after another.  I have been clinging to the remnants of summer with every fiber of my being, but last week I caved into fall and […]

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To write, and to not write

August 26, 2011
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  I have a lot of writer and author friends and I feel lucky that, when we’re together, we don’t ever talk about writing. Like, EVER. Because we all actually just like to write.  And not talk about it.  I think if any of us used the word “process” we would be smacked upside the […]

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What I did on my birthday…..

August 23, 2011

My birthday was last Friday, and do you wanna know what I did? I tested recipes for Thomas Keller’s brand spankin’ new gluten-free flour blend, Cup4Cup. You guys, I am so excited about this product.  I’ve known about it for quite awhile now and have had to keep my lips zipped.  But starting today, it’s […]

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August 22, 2011

My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this summer, and as the big outdoor party at their house was coming to a close I hoisted my just-turned-three-year old nephew onto my shoulders for a quick jog around the yard. Within two seconds of his butt landing on my shoulders, he picked up handfuls of my […]

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