The Garden

The kale’s
puckered sleeve,
the pepper’s
hollow bell,
the lacquered onion.

Beets, borage, tomatoes.
Green beans.

I came in and I put everything
on the counter: chives, parsley, dill,
the squash like a pale moon,
peas in their silky shoes, the dazzling
rain-drenched corn.

-Mary Oliver, “New and Selected Poems”



Growing kale?  I am. I love its bold foliage.



These ‘puckered sleeves’ are so good for you.  


It’s the new must-food.



Not a fan? Here’s a gateway recipe.

Pretty soon you’ll be sautéing.


Chips (formerly known as kale)

salty, crispy, paleo, gluten-free

garden-to-oven in 15 minutes.


Take off the stems, wash, and spin dry.


Rip into pieces, or not. Toss the leaves to coat with olive oil, sprinkle in some sea salt. Spread the kale on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Leave some space between the pieces.



Grate Parmigiano-Reggiano over it.IMG_4184

Roast at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until crisp.

Sprinkle with extra salt and/or cheese, or choose your own adventure.

Turning kale into chips is a very personal endeavor.  🙂


Think kale chips aren’t healthy?  Read this.

Don’t you just love a garden in summer?

What’s your idée fixe?

Let me know. I’m curious.



Toni 6/14/15



  1. I do not like Kale. There it is. I have had it cooked at the hands of good friends. I have had it cooked by marvelous chefs. Kale is as Kale does and to bowlderize Marjorie Main’s line in Meet Me in St. Louis, “Kale has a Kale taste.”

    And yet…I like radichio. Go figure.

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    1. What surprised me when I made the chips, the main taste was salty/cheesey/crunchy. The kale is definitely camouflaged, in a good way. 🙂
      Take that radicchio, better yet treviso,(both tasty raw and unadorned unlike our friend K) halve or quarter it, brush with oil and grill. Carmelizes, ahh.

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      1. I have grilled radicchio…tasty. I had my first ramps this spring and must have more. I have no clue what treviso is but will look for it.

        I have to admit..the only kale I can deal with is the chips version. 😀 Thanks!

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  2. I like kale but have never grown it. First time growing swiss chard, spinach and several different lettuce in my garden. Fresh, fresh fresh and delicious! Even the bunny in my backyard thinks so….we’ve been sharing so far. I’ll have to try making kale chips. thanks!

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