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I like kale okay, though it is my least favorite green.
Basically with kale, Swiss chard, and most other greens, you can use them just like you would spinach. You just have to be mindful that they sometimes have different cooking times due to tenderness and that some have a really assertive flavor (like mustard greens, which I wouldn't use to replace spinach in certain things).
Swiss chard can be used just like spinach, though often the stems are braised or blanched separately from the leaves. You can always slice the stems really thin so they cook fast, too. Or you can just use the leaves if you prefer.

I like creamed kale a lot. I usually do it the more unhealthy, expensive way, which is reducing cream with a little garlic and thyme until thick, then tossing in well-drained, blanched and finely chopped kale. Finish with salt to taste, a tiny bit of Grana Padano or parm, freshly ground black pepper, and some nutmeg.
A béchamel is the classic way and it's delicious as well.

Caldo verde is another good use for kale:
http://leitesculinaria.com/7580/reci...ldo-verde.html

As is pasta with kale, garlic, and sausage. Chickpeas or other beans make another good addition to that or a soup as well.
http://www.melissaclark.net/blog/201...rd-greens.html

http://www.foodista.com/recipe/YX5XP75N/herbivoracious-white-bean-and-kale-soup

Kale with tahini, sesame oil, and lemon is one of my favorite ways to eat it.
http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/sauteed_kale_with_tahini_sauce/

Or raw:
http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives...ad-recipe.html
(Heidi has a lot of kale recipes, btw)

http://www.gourmettenyc.com/2011/10/...date-dressing/

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/24/di...tml?ref=dining

Kale and potatoes:

http://m.epicurious.com/recipes/food...ortilla-107743

http://epicurious.com/recipes/food/v...Rouille-362941

Colcannon:
http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/colcannon/

This is a classic kale preparation that can be found in Spanish (Catalonian) and Italian (Sicilian) cuisine:

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes...s_and_raisins/

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2...er-recipe.html

http://www.latimes.com/features/la-f...,3039776.story

http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/01/kale-chickpeas-sumac-marinated-onions-vegan-recipes.html

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/03/easy-kale-quiche.html

http://herbivoracious.com/2012/01/saag-with-collard-greens-kale-and-spinach-recipe.html

Swiss chard you can use in similar ways, or try a chard gratin, or a chard lasagna. I love one with ricotta and walnuts.

As for cherries, sour cherries are a perfect pie fruit, and that's usually my first choice. Regular or slab pie are both great. If you don't have enough for a whole pie, you can do turnovers/hand pies or pop tarts.
If you have an ice cream maker, they make great sorbet.
Kuchen, buckles, crepes, danish, crumb cakes, strudel, all are delicious things to do with sour cherries.

Last edited by Saria; 06-13-2012 at 09:11 AM.
Thank you for all the great recipes! I will let you know what I try. Made kale chips tonight, I didn't care for them but my husband gobbled them up. He is not a picky eater

I am intimidated by pie, that is why I normally make cobbler, haha. I did get an ice cream maker for Mother's day, sorbet sounds perfect. I like the cherries plain but they are too tart for my kids.

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Grilled chicken, kale (love it) and baguettes.
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Here is the only sour cherry sorbet you will ever want to make. The original recipe works just fine, but the addition of alcohol to a sorbet never hurts (use vodka if you want to have it extra-smooth).

http://stresscake.wordpress.com/2009...s-of-cherries/
Turkey meatloaf, seasoned brown rice, steamed broccoli & carrots.

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I've got some pork chops brining that I think we'll grill, mashed sweet potatoes, leftover harvest grains with snap beans and brioche rolls.




Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
Damn, now I want some pasta with pesto, shew.

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We went bowling and ate there. We had pizza, nachos, and cheese sticks.


In-n-out. Single, no onions, with fries and pink lemonade


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Cheesy jalapeno popper baked stuffed chicken (minus bacon & used pickled jalapenos instead)
Fiesta lime rice
Sliced avocado

Chicken review courtesy of Mr. Spring: "This MF'n chicken is good."
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I've been eyeing that chicken recipe. Glad to hear it was good, I'll definitely have to try it one of these days!

I had a single-girl's dinner: spinach salad and a bowl of cereal

Grilled burger on a toasted roll and kale chips.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

Black bean burgers with avocado - I did chili/cumin/sofrito mayo instead of chipotle and some roasted cauliflower.

Tonight will probably be a "tex-Mex" flatout pizza.

Dinner at my sister's tonight. She's making pork ribs in the crock pot and a big salad.
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Large romaine salad loaded with several different vegetables, a diced egg, a few croutons and oil & vinegar dressing. Cantaloupe for desert.

^ And that's what I will be packing for lunch @ work tomorrow.
Saria likes this.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

Is that chicharron (sp?) Saria? If so, I totally despise you!


I just had chicken and mac n cheese, how exciting.
Turtles: omg please don't put that in your moo moo

Nej: too late... moo moo has been infiltrated.
It's roasted pork belly.
Pork belly is the cut used to make chicharrones (and bacon).
Had to use up the leftovers so grilled ham and cheese with dijon and some creamy tomato soup.




Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
I am absolutely drooling over saria's supper. Pork+fat. How can you go wrong?
In Western PA
Found NC in 2004. CG since 2-05, going grey since 9-05. 3B with some 3A.
Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
http://public.fotki.com/jeepcurlygurl/ password jeepy **updated Aug 2014**
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Wheat berry spaghetti and more salad.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

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