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From the Garden This Week

From the Garden this Week…

Kale, Carrots, Cabbage, Celery Root or Parsnips, Mixed Garden Salad with Arugula and Spinach, Green Onions, Beets, Oregano, and Assorted Citrus

Coming Soon…Radishes, Arugula, Spring Onions

Using your Produce… by Julie Moreno

The curly kale that we are sending right now is perfect for making kale chips. These are a very simple recipe that is easy to make and fun to eat. You won’t have enough kale for a big crowd, but I like to call them a “chef’s treat” as you might be the only one that gets to enjoy them, if you eat them up before anyone finds you in the kitchen. I have made them in the dehydrator, but if you don’t have one a low oven works well. I cooked these, in the picture below, in the oven at 225 degrees for 40 minutes. You don’t want to burn them, so if you have an older oven that doesn’t get that low, keep a good eye on them. Then eat them as soon as they cool slightly from the oven. Make sure to use just a sprinkle of salt before cooking, the kale shrinks and the salt concentrates, you can always add on a little extra salt after cooking if needed.

Kale Chips

1 bunch curly kale

drizzle of olive oil

sprinkle of salt

Remove the stems from the kale. In a large bowl, drizzle on the olive oil and sprinkle with a littlesalt (use less than you think), then massage the kale with the oil. The kale will change color from dusty green to dark green, when the oil is rubbed in. Then place the kale in the dehydrator set at 135 degrees F, for 8-12 hours. Or cook in the oven at 225 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven or dehydrator and enjoy right away.

The Best Cooked Carrot Recipe

When you are tired of carrot stick, this recipe for a Roasted Carrot-Orange-Avocado Salad is my favorite. It is adapted from April Bloomfield a famous chef and cookbook author; she transforms the carrots with this long roasting process. The flavor from the cumin and coriander gives it a nice southwestern feel that continues with the avocado and cilantro garnish. I highly recommend trying it, especially if you think that you hate cooked carrots, it is like nothing you have had before.