Sunday, September 20, 2009

My New Love Kale

When I receive my monthly Bon Appetit magazine the first article I look for is Molly's of the Orangette blog. I love her writing and recipes. She always takes you on a wonderful experience while reading her articles. Well when I saw her article titles How I Learned to Love Kale I didn't get too excited but since I love reading her I figured what the heck. Well by the time I finished, I didn't remember why I didn't eat Kale. I couldn't remember the last time I tried it or even cooked it. So decided I had to try it. I told you she was good!Her recipe for the article was Spaghetti with Braised Kale (which I'm sure is on Bon Apetite website, and I'm trying soon) but she mentioned how a friend of hers had sauteed it similar to spinach so decided to try that first. OMG I fell in love too! All you do is saute the washed, chopped, dried kale in olive oil and butter. After the Kale is wilted sprinkle with salt and squeeze a little lemon juice over the top. The first time I didn't quite wilt it long enough but the second time it was perfect. Molly described how it cracked and popped like popcorn and it really does. If this doesn't convince you, read the article. I know you'll be a Kale lover too!

I also bought the Cooking Light 101 Chicken Recipes recently which is wonderful. So many good recipes in it. To go with the Kale I decided on Chicken with Lemon Sauce which was very easy and had the lemon to go with the Kale. I also cooked Spaghetti for the sauce which I made extra of. I think I doubled it.

Chicken with Lemon-Caper Sauce (adapted from Cooking Light)
4 skinless boneless chick breast halves
olive oil
Cooking Spray
1/3 cup extra dry vermouth or white wine
3 T fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 T capers
1 T chopped fresh parsley
Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large non-stick skillet coated with cooking spray. (I used my regular saute pan and no cooking spray). Add chicken and cook until done. Remove from pan and keep warm.
Add vermouth, lemon juice and capers to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook until reduced about 2 minutes. Stir in chopped parsley. Add chicken back in pan to reheat a little and enjoy.
I made extra sauce to serve over the spaghetti. Bon Appetit!

I hope you are all having a great weekend. It is supposed to be a cool 60 degrees this week so I changed my bed and added a blanket. I'm also making a big pot of Chicken Tortilla soup.


Cherdecor said...

Hmmmmm, I never tasted Kale! It is pretty on the plate and would be a great veggie to serve.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh yum, that sounds good ! I will try it !

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, looks delicious! I have a recipe that I love for a kale and sausage soup -- thanks for the reminder! Sounds like you're getting ready for fall -- bring on the cool, cozy weather!

Melissa said...


My husband has a garden full of kale. He puts it into just about everything, trying to get us to eat healthier.

I admit, the taste is finally growing on me. I thought it was so bitter at first, but now it's not so bad.

Shelley said...

I am hungry now! Sounds like my kind of recipe!

Judi said...

Hi Judy
Oh what a delicious dinner you had. I love greens and collard greens and the kale looks so good. I've never tried it before either...maybe I'll have to check out the recipe and give it a try.
I like capers but actually have never used them in my cooking...I may have to try that too.
thank you for sharing a yummy recipe and giving me great ideas.
P.S....I know what you mean about those knots that happen with our cat's fur. Its so hard to keep up I wasn't bad in the summer when her fur wasn't as thick but this is the first time I've had her in September and we must be in for a real cold winter. What do you use to omb and brush your kitty?

Heidi said...

Kale is very common here in Holland. We love it in our winter stampot with smoked sausage. It is so good for you too! It is an underrated vegetable. Glad you discovered this delicious green.

Hugs ~

Nancy said...

That looks really good. My daughter, Heidi, makes Kale a lot. she makes stampot, a dutch dish using it. It is really good. This looks like a yummy dish.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Oh, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your kittys. I have 4 myself...

and the Molly Wizenberg thing. Yep, I read that too and was inspired. Your chicken and pasta dish looks wonderful.

I am going to try it next week.

I'll check back later.


Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

I'm back-k-k-k-k .I get hungary everytime I come for a visit, LOL !

M.Kate said...

Yummy!! I wish I could have a bite!