Collard greens salad Freekeh

December 23, 2015

Sunset 2015, serves 4. Pair with bubbly sparkling Chardonnay (Iron Horse 2010 Ocean reserve, Blanc de Blancs


  • ½ C sliced almonds roasted (350º 8 min)
  • 1 Cup cracked Freekeh or medium bulgar wheat
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ¼ tsp red chili flakes
  • ¾ LBs collard greens  1or 2 bunches
  • 2 -3 TBs sherry vinegar
  • ¼ C olive oil
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 large firm Bosc pear, thinly sliced lengthwise spears.
  • ½ C thinly sliced green onions


  1. In medium saucepan, bring 2½ Cups salted water to boil.  Add 1 C Freekeh, garlic and chili flakes. Reduce heat, cover, simmer 20 min. Let stand 5 min. Drain and cool Freekeh on baking sheet.
  2. Cut ribs & stems from collard greens, roll lengthwise and slice into thin strips. Toss with ¾ tsp salt. Then add vinegar, oil & pepper, toss to blend. Add cooled Freekeh, toss again. Then add almonds, pear & green onions, toss gently.

Caldo Verde Portuguese soup

October 27, 2015

From Williams Sonoma 1998 , 6 servings.

  • ½ LB chorizo, linguiça or kielbasa sausage (ore mix half chorizo/linguiça). Boil in water about 5 min, prick skins, save water (you can add to soup base). Remove sausage and slice on cutting board.
  • ¾ LB Kale or collard greens (or dark green cabbage leaves from Portugal), removed from stems, stack and roll like a cigar, cut into  thin strips.
  • ¼ C olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions chopped.
  • 3 or 4 dutch gold potatoes (1¼LB) peeled -optional- thinly sliced.
  • 3 or 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 6 to 7 C water or chicken broth

In large soup pot, warm olive oil, sauté onions until translucent about 10 mins.

Increase heat to med-hi, add potatoes and garlic until slightly softened. (5 mins)

Add water, reduce heat to low, cover & simmer about 20 minutes until potatoes are soft.

Scoop out 2 C potatoes and mash, return to pot.

Add sliced sausages, simmer until sausages cooked through (about 5 mins)

Add greens, simmer uncovered 3 to 5 mins. Greens should be bright, slightly crunchy.

Ladle soup into bowls, drizzle each with extra virgin olive oil.