Truth or dare? I always go with dare, but will start here with a truth. At Thanksgiving, my two favorite dishes growing up starts with my Tita’s dressing (I’m not alone there as my Tia doubles the batch so she can freeze half, defrost, and reheat whenever she has a hankering for her mother’s cooking). The other dish at its core is more cream of mushroom soup concentrate and crunchy onions from a tin than green beans. One hopes that time outgrows habit and on that point, I still love my Tita’s dressing and a good Green Bean Casserole, though now I prefer homemade mushroom cream and fried shallots.
When kale is at its most plentiful in the fall, this leafy green packs a powerful nutrient punch. We like it in a savory Village Pie, Kale Caesar Salad or in a Massaged Kale Salad. But when you get an urge for something crispety crunchy, you might find that kale makes a slightly addictive snack in kale chips. Of all the variations I’ve tried, CG’s Kale Chips recipe is the best. Lemony bright and tangy with a dairy-free cheese flavor, man, these hit the spot! She shows how to make them in a dehydrator but to bake them, turn on your oven to 300 degrees and bake for 20 minutes or until crisp but not burned.