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A(nother) Kale of a Tale

Kale has become quite the staple at my house—one or two bags find their way into my cart every time I visit the grocery. You know I love kale chips. The hearty green is also great in soups because it can take the heat. But last night I tried something new with kale that I’m already craving again: raw kale salad. I swiped the recipe from Bites who borrowed the idea from Tavern (which I have yet to visit but will soon now that I have eaten this).

Via Bites (their pic was sunshine-filled and, therefore, prettier but mine tasted just as good)

I was afraid the salad would be bitter, but the raisins add just enough sweetness, the Parmesan gives a salty bite, and the pine nuts provide a layer of texture. I plan to start making huge batches to take to parties and to keep on hand in case I get the munchies at any point in time. Because who could feel bad about eating a bowlful of this healthy goodness?

Raw Kale Salad
Adapted from Bites, Via Tavern
Serves 2 side salads or 1 entrée salad

1 bag kale, de-stemmed and chopped finely in food processor to tabbouleh consistency
1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
½ cup raisins
¼ cup pine nuts
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste

  • Whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl. Add the chopped kale and toss to coat.
  • Add the Parmesan, raisins, pine nuts, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Toss to distribute throughout. Enjoy!

 

Next time, I think I’ll:

  • Make more of this. Y’all—I ate the entire thing. Like, I ate a whole bag of raw kale in one sitting. And you know what? It was awesome.


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‘Tis So Sweet to Try New Cheeses

If you know me, you must have been wondering since this little blog started when my homage to fromage would hit the web. I am mildly obsessed with cheese. OK. That is a lie. I am full-blown infatuated. Smitten, really. Cheese is my mistress. I spend time ogling lovely cheeses like these on Pintrest.

The love runs deep, people. For example, once my office had a going away party for me where the food was entirely themed around cheese. Yeah. Just cheese. Slices of cheese, cheese dip, cheesecake, cream cheese, stinky cheese, cheese that’s technically not cheese … you get the idea. And I like to buy cheesy items like this little print from Society6.

“Cheeses Is Love” by Lucy Knisley

It’s hard to believe that I’m just bringing up these milky curds, but now is the best time because I recently found out via Bites that there is going to be a Southern Artisan Cheese Festival right here in my fair city Sept. 30 & Oct 1! Stand up, stand up for cheeses!

Friends, mark you calendars. Who doesn’t want to sample cheese all day? (Lactose intolerant peeps excluded, of course.) Plus, I can’t wait to discover new, local cheeses to complement my next girls’ night in.