Saturday, May 30, 2009

How to turn scary green things into junk food

Maple-glazed asparagus

The pictures don't really do the asparagus justice. It was so green and so gorgeous that I felt it would be a disservice to just boil it in some water and throw it on a plate. Luckily, the very crop share that I got the asparagus from provides recipes on their blog, and things in life generally turn out well when you pour maple syrup on them.

The actual recipe is here, but here is the short version: Cook the asparagus in olive oil. When it starts to brown, drizzle maple syrup and coat evenly. Turn off the heat and add sea salt and butter. It tastes like candy, and does real candy make your pee smell funny? That's right, an added bonus.

Roasted Kale

Kale is difficult to make very interesting, so when I heard that this recipe turns kale into something like "potato chips," I thought it was worth a try.

Chop up the kale into manageable pieces. Toss with some olive oil and some sesame oil if you have it (sesame oil brings out the flavor in kale). Add some garlic, red pepper, black pepper or anything else that you might want your kale to taste like. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spread out the marinated kale. Cook at 375 for 10-15 minutes. Turn the kale over as needed and continue cooking until kale starts to brown and become brittle. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve.

One important component to both of these recipes, and many other ones, is sea salt , further proving that it is in fact one of the things that white people like.

Learn more about Horse and Buggy Produce - they got started when one guy discovered an isolated Mennonite market and wanted to share the wealth. You can also learn more about organic farming in general and find a CSA in your neck of the woods at Local Harvest.

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