the tRuth About Kale and Butternut Squash Salad

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For me, kale is a tough cookie. Well, it's a tough green, but you know what I mean. It's a vegetable that took me a long time to warm up to, and one I'm still unsure of today. It's a texture thing for me. I do love my greens, but I don't particularly enjoy the sensation of nomming on green paper. In my book, kale is an ingredient, and not a straight-up food. It can either make a recipe a success or a disaster depending ...

A Saintly Green Smoothie

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You've probably realized by now that I'm a little obsessed with blended beverages. Though I left smoothies by the wayside during the colder months,  the blender made its official spring debut in my kitchen this past week. And with the selection of a new pope yesterday, and the celebration of a saint named Patrick in three days, I give you a very green, very saintly smoothie. I love green smoothies because I feel like a ninja any time I'm able to eat a serving of vegetables ...

Breaking Rules for Sriracha-Cheddar Kale Chips

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Five years ago, did we even know kale existed? If we did, we certainly crinkled our noses at a vegetable so deep green and so curly. Bring out the iceberg lettuce, man. Little did me know, today kale reigns supreme in the vegetal world. In New York City, there's hardly a hit restaurant without some "unique" kale salad on their menu. Trader Joe's has literal floor-to-ceiling displays of different kinds of kale chips. There are entire booths at farmers' markets dedicated to this green madness. And ...

When Life Gives You Potatoes…Make Hash

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If you're like me, you probably have days where you feel like you've been doing the same thing, following the same dreary routine for way, way too long. Am I right? If so, take a lesson from hash. The food, that is. Your monotonous routine that may be a boring job, an unsatisfying relationship, or never enough funds is, for the purposes of this post, a potato. Big, bland, and somehow always there. Following me? Good. Now, the good news is, you have complete power over the potato. ...