May 9, 2011

Baked Kale Chips


I recently read an article on CookingLight.com that talked about the 7 best foods for women and along with the usual suspects of tomatoes, flaxseed and the new Little Black Dress of dairy, Greek yogurt, was the much maligned kale. Unlike that terrible $400 fuchsia bridesmaid dress that has hung in your closet since your BFF swore that after the wedding you could shorten it and get TONS of use out of it as a cocktail dress (Brides are allowed to lie. It’s their day.), kale will look good on you and it really is versatile. Girl Scouts honor.

Kale, for the uninitiated, is a dark leafy green (don’t be scared) that is chock-o-block full of Good For Ya Stuff. You know, stuff like vitamins for every letter of the alphabet and antioxidants I can’t even pronounce (can YOU say “zeazanthin”?) and calcium. It’s awesome as a side and pairs well with Asian flavors as in my Sake-Miso Glazed Salmon with Spicy Sesame Kale. It’s also outrageously delicious as a substitute for chips. You season ‘em, bake ‘em and they turn all light
and crispy and healthy and it has some ridiculously amazing nutritional information like only 43 calories and under 5 grams of fat per cup. Forget that bag of greasy potato chips. Try on some kale instead. Betcha can’t eat just one.

May 1, 2011

Classic Eggs Benedict

Timing is everything.

Which is why, in my opinion, breakfast is the hardest meal of the day to prepare for more than one person. Breakfast is all about timing. Things that are cooked separately have to be ready at the same time; no one like cold toast, or cold bacon, or worse yet, cold eggs. And when it comes to being difficult, poor Eggs Benedict has become Public Enemy #1. There is a fear of making Eggs Benedict at home. It’s too hard. It’s too complicated. It’s something best left to the professionals.

It’s a lie.

It’s a lie the restaurants tell you so that you’ll continue to drag yourself out of bed on Sundays, put on some I’m-going-to-be-in-public-today clothes and pay anywhere from $9.00 to $thesebetterbedamngoodeggsbenedictfortheseprices.00 while you secretly wish you could just make them at home while in your pajamas. Well, you can.

Just read the ridiculously long recipe and completely excessive amounts of (hopefully helpful) tips below (all the way through before starting) and don’t panic. It’s not as hard as all the words would make it seem. And that ain’t no lie.