Kale Chips

First, I hope everyone had a good Valentine’s Day!

Secondly, today is a very special day because it is my little brother’s 21st birthday!  Pretty hard to believe he is finally 21. My brother and I are 6 years apart, so we were not always close growing up.   I spent quite a bit of time thinking/acting like I was his mom (and I must say I was a pretty darn good one).  But as we have gotten older, we have gotten a lot closer, and I’m glad we can be good friends now.   And that we can go to the bar together finally too.   Woo hoo!

 

Ha this pic makes me laugh…

I’m trying to act like I’m too cool.  Yet, I’m obviously sort of into being a vampire too.  Because vampires have claws, clearly.   At least I have the rhinestone moccasins working for me–those babies never go out of style.  Although I don’t know what I was thinking with the high white socks.  Get it together, Katie.

The other day I decided to make some kale chips.  I have been loving kale chips lately and they are very easy to make.  Stanley’s didn’t have kale for awhile but now that they have it again, I have been buying it every time.  I wouldn’t necessarily say they stand in for regular chips, but they are pretty good in their own way.   If you need something crunchy, I think they make a good stand in.   You definitely won’t feel like you are eating a leafy green.

To make:  Preheat oven to 375.  Rinse and dry the kale and then cut the stem out of the middle.  Put the chopped kale in a bowl and add about a teaspoon of olive oil plus salt.  Coat all the kale chips evenly, and spread evenly on a baking sheet.  Cook for about 15 minutes or until kale is crispy.  It will also turn to a dark green color.

Store them at room temperature so they stay crunchy.  It is also really important to cut the stem out before cooking.  The first time I made kale chips, I was too lazy to do that and ended up hating them.   So, don’t make the same mistake I did and just cut the stem out.

 

It totally slipped my mind to mention this before Valentine’s Day, which would have been the most convenient time, but CanolaInfo.org is donating 20 cents for each e-card that is sent in the month of February.   Click here and send an ecard to a friend!  It is free and the money for each card sent goes to the American Heart Association.

And last but not least,  if you have clicked on the reviews or recipage tabs lately, you will know that I have some serious updating to do.   I did an entire review page with all the restaurants we have been to, but it of course somehow got deleted.   I say ‘I’ and not ‘we’ because if you think I am technologically challenged (which I kind of am), it is nothing compared to my other blog-half.  I am an IT genius in comparison.  Promise they are coming soon though!

Katie

 

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