Egg Kale Casserole

December 27, 2018

4-6 svgs, Begin night before. 350º 35-40 min


  • 1 Lb breakfast sausage
  • 4 C chopped Kale
  • 4 C cubed/torn crusty bread (sourdough or ciabatta or TJ )
  • 1 C shredded cheddar
  • 2 C whole milk
  • 6 Large eggs
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cracked pepper

garnish with sprig thyme


  1. cast iron skillet, med-hi cook sausage until brown.
  2. Stir in kale +2 min
  3. transfer to 12″ x 10″ baking dish
  4. add cubed bread and cheese, toss to combine.
  5. Whisk eggs and milk until combined, pour over baking dish.
  6. Cover and refrigerate over night.
  7. Bake 350º oven 35-40 min.

Tuscan Kale Salad

December 2, 2016

QED delicious, sweeter kale salad. Serves 4-6

  • One bunch Tuscan Kale, remove from stem.
  • One pomegranate – seeds
  • ¼ C raisins or cranberries
  • ¼ C sliced almonds
  • 1 oz shaved romano/Asiago cheese


  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 T white wine or white balsamic vinegar
  • 3 T oil

Kale pork chops

October 27, 2016

WSJ, Dan Kluger,  2016 svgs 4, oven 325°

4 – bone in pork chops

  • Heat 2TB olive oil in cast iron skillet med-hi. When oil is shimmering, add pork chops, sear, golden brown 2 min per side.
  • Put pan in oven, bake 10-15 min (until thermometer in pork chops – 150°). Remove, let rest covered 10 min.

2 bunches stemmed, chopped Kale

  • Boil water in med size lidded pot.
  • Add chopped kale to boiling water. Blanch 2 min (bright green)
  • Drain and toss dry.

1 thinly sliced red onion, 2 cloves garlic, ¾ C chopped toasted walnuts &  1 chopped jalapeño

  • In dry pot, med-hi,  add 2 TB olive oil, garlic and onions. Sauté until onions cartelized ( 6min).
  • Stir in walnuts & jalapeño, cook 3 min.

¾ C chopped basil, ¼ C chopped fresh mint, 1½ C pomegranate seeds

  • Add cooked kale and herbs to onion mixture in pot. Cook 4 min until softened. S&P to taste
  • Remove from heat, add half of pomegranate seeds.

Divide kale/herb mixture onto plates, top with pork chops, sprinkle remaining pomegranate seeds and drizzle some olive oil.



Kasha Kale Pancetta

December 23, 2015

2015 Sunset, serves 4, 30 min prep

Pair with dry riesling (Trisaetum 2013 dry riesling-Willamette Valley)


  • Chicken broth- 2 Cups
  • 4 TBS olive oil
  • 1 Cup Kasha (roasted buckwheat)
  • 3 oz diced pancetta
  • 1 bunch kale (Tuscan/dinosaur/Lacinato or curly) trimmed from stem, sliced ½ in thick crosswise
  • ¼ tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 TBS lemon zest plus wedges
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • top with poached/sunnyside eggs


  1. Broth, salt & 1 TBS oil – bring to a boil. Add kasha, cover & simmer 10-15 min. Let stand 5 min, then fluff with fork.
  2. Sauté pancetta in 12 inch fry pan, med heat until golden and starting to crisp 5-6 min. Transfer from pan to plate.
  3. Add kale and chili flakes to fat in pan, cook, stir often until kale turns bright green, about 2 min. Add lemon zest, salt & pepper, add water if pan starts to dry out. Stir in kasha & pancetta , add 2-3 TBS olive oil to moisten.
  4. Serve warm/at room temperature. Top with egg (optional) and lemon wedges on side.

Sunset 2015 serves 4

  • ²⁄³ C red quinoa, cooked to package directions (about 20 min)
  • 2 small carrots thinly sliced on diagonal (mixed colors)
  • ½ very thinly sliced fennel bulb
  • ¹⁄³ C olive oil
  • 3 TBs sherry vinegar
  • ½ tsp each salt & pepper
  • 8 Cups baby kale or mixed green, roughly tear large pieces
  • ¹⁄³ C crumbled goat cheese
  • ¼ C toasted sliced almonds
  • pomegranate molasses or balsamic vinegar
  • flake salt for finishing

Whisk oil, sherry vinegar, kosher salt & pepper in small bowl.

Then toss kale, carrots, fennel with ²⁄³ of dressing in large bowl.

Drain cooked quinoa,stir in remaining dressing & add to kale mixture.

Divide salad among 4 salad plates, scatter cheese, almonds and drizzle with pomegranate or balsamic, sprinkle with salt flakes.


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.

Kale walnut cranberry

August 17, 2015

Simple kale:

remove Kale from stems, tear, heat in pan (with oil) until bright green

Add roasted walnuts

top with cranberries or pomegranate  seeds