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Kale Chips

28 Mar

Kale ChipsWhen I was in elementary school, I used to collect pens. Before you laugh and think I was all nerdy, I used to collect the cool ones. Gel, feather-tipped, pastels, fluorescent…you get the idea. I was pretty cool. I don’t know what it is about pens, but even though I don’t collect them anymore (I promise), I still have a strong affinity for them. Once you’ve loved pens, you’ll always appreciate them I guess.

I think that’s true for food as well. And ohmygosh, you guys. After making these kale chips, I’m converted: roasting veggies really does make them delicious! Remember my faaaavorite Roasted Broccoli I posted a while ago? Well these kale chips, my friend, are of that level. And I’d dare to say that it’s even easier and possibly better because I categorize this as a snack food.

And I love my snacks.

Don’t be dissuaded by the way this looks in a bowl. It may just look like a bowl of salad. Very deceiving. These chips are a finger food, no matter how confused you are when you see them in a bowl. They’re light and crispy and roasted to perfection.

Kale Chips

Spread the kale in a single layer on each cookie sheet.

Kale Chips

Bake to crispy, light perfection.

Kale Chips



Spinach Artichoke Dip

31 Oct

Happy Halloween!! (I think…?)

Halloween is such an odd holiday, if you can even call it that. What, exactly, are we celebrating? Candy, I guess. And that’s OK until you’re in middle school and suddenly too old to be cute when you knock on peoples’ doors begging for candy. (Ahem…the kid who knocked on my door and just stood there without saying “trick or treat.”) I will gladly give you candy if you will at least go along with the charade and pretend to be a cute, little kid who says the requisite “trick or treat.”

So today, no, I do not give you a candy recipe. ‘Cuz I’m not a kid anymore (but more truthfully because I didn’t think to make one).

So here’s something for grown-ups—spinach artichoke dip. (Because we all know kids say “ewwww” when they hear “artichoke.”) More for us grown-ups, thankyouverymuch.

This recipe originates from The Pioneer Woman, and, without ever meeting the woman, I’d say I trust her with my life. Her recipes are quality. So enjoy!

Melt the butter and cook the chopped garlic for a quick minute or two until fragrant.

Toss the spinach in, and cook it until it wilts.

Then cook up your chopped artichokes until they lightly brown.

In a new pot, cook the butter and flour together until it bubbles.

Add the milk, and cook, stirring constantly, for a few minutes until it thickens.

Add the cream cheese and other cheeses. Stir until they get all melty and the mixture is smooth.

Add the wilted spinach and cooked artichokes. Stir to combine.

Pour dip into a casserole dish and top with more grated Pepper Jack cheese. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes until it starts to get bubbly and even a little brown.

Yum. (more…)