Tag Archives: kale

Cooking With Presence

Leslie loving basil and picking it for a dish

Whether you are cooking for your family, friends, yourself or just because; the tastiest ingredient to add to the dish is your presence. The practice of cooking with presence is about using seasonal ingredients, what is here right now. Let me tell you about the joyful gathering I did this past weekend to create a seasonal feast for my B&B guests. Continue reading

Winter Hiking through the woods to the Greenhouse

Asian Greens grow in a greenhouse

Today I took a sweet hike out my back door into the fresh air of the forest. On miles of trails through the woods, my friend Kemper and I found beauty and got exercise. We wandered off the snowy trail several times and discovered lots of different animal tracks: turkey, fox, coyote, squirrel, rabbit, fisher cat and mice. Miraculous that they survive outside in freezing temperatures, perhaps finding home under boulders and rocky ledges, inside holes of dead and living trees. Continue reading

Greens: Nutrition Superstars

Greens in Tahini Sauce

Cooking with leafy greens is quick and delicious, and, when it comes to nutrition, greens are superstars. They’re anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, help prevent certain cancers, enhance vision, and are high in fiber and low in calories. Rich in antioxidants and minerals, including calcium and iron, greens such as kale, mustard greens, collards, spinach, and chard also have modest amounts of omega 3s. Continue reading

Swapping Ingredients

Corn Grits with Sautéed Kale and Goat Cheddar Cheese

Swapping ingredients, you can come up with a delicious variation of any  dish. Based on the organic local harvest, think fresh spinach, scallions and wild mushrooms. It is June in New England. A tree near my house offered me a gorgeous and very tender chicken of the woods mushroom. Also, instead of using just corn grits, I used a combination of corn grits and steel cut oats. Used the oats because they are yummy and also a great source of soluble fiber to help digest and lower cholesterol. Continue reading

Greens in Garlic Tahini Sauce

Quick and Easy Greens in Tahini Sauce

Here is a great side dish of greens in a creamy and dairy-free sauce. Perfect on its own or over grains, or pasta. Think creamed spinach, but heartier and higher in calcium. Feel free to swap collard greens, chard, or beet greens for the kale. If you have not used umeboshi vinegar, you are in for a treat. It has a delicious lemony salty flavor. If you like, swap out the umeboshi for fresh squeezed lemon and sea salt. And feel free to use other oils like extra virgin olive or sesame oil, if you prefer; though the red palm oil is delicious and rich flavored.  Continue reading