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Recipe: “So you think you don’t like kale?” Raw Kale Salad

kale my plant

“Magic Kale Plant” — has survived 4 Northeast winters

It’s scary looking!

It’s bitter!

I don’t know what to do with it!

Yes, I have literally heard all of these reasons, and more,  not to eat kale… and I would like to give  you some info that may change your mind.

First of all, it’s NOT scary looking, it’s a beautiful expression of green bounty! Kale comes in so many varieties — deep dark green, slender leaves, pale green, wide elephant ear leaves, pebbled surfaces, smooth as a peach, frilly lace edging, modest plant, mammoth plant… To me, the beauty comes from the richness of the varieties. There is no such thing as a shy kale plant — they are all bold, beautiful, and HEY, LOOK AT ME! Read the rest of this entry

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Guest Chef… for a cause!

Would you like to be a guest chef?” is a phrase I’ve been dying to hear! It finally happened a few weeks ago, when Janis Smythe,  the chair of Hillsdale’s “Green Solutions” Committee, contacted me.

Welcome to HillsdalePart of Green Solutions’ mission is to “serve as a model of energy efficiency that both builders and home owners can adopt to enjoy long term cost savings and cleaner air”, and they are very creative in how they put this mission into action.

One way is to bring in guest chefs to the Hillsdale Farmers Market, and have the chef demonstrate how to use the bounty of seasonal produce. Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Sicilian Orzo with Roasted Veggies

I admit, I don’t have a formal background in cooking, but growing up around good cooks who were always willing to try something new, being married to a fussy eater, and spending several years living in Europe, built a foundation that has paid off for me now (there was also the period of obsessively watching The Food Network, but we won’t talk about that now).

 If I ever doubted my culinary skills, I doubt them no longer after something that happened at my weekly Wednesday Farmer’s Market at The Nutrition Center in Great Barrington.  

Dinner to go at the Great Barrington Farmers Market

Dinner to go at the Great Barrington Farmers Market

Here is the scenario:  I sell my entire line of blends, salts, peppers and miscellany at these markets. Since my blends tend to be unusual, I figured out quickly that a great way to show people how to use the products is to cook for them.  Read the rest of this entry

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