Monday, August 29, 2011

Shoulder Pads and Kale - A day of many firsts

Shoulder pads..... check

Today was the first day for me to physically go look for my first real job. Sure, I have been surfing the web for months now, from the safety of my couch, sending my resume out into the lost abyss of the internet, but today was a real search. I dressed up, went to offices, knocked on doors, and in a twenty second intro, tried to make myself unforgettable. Hoping it worked.

Today was also the first day I have ever eaten kale. In an effort to add more greens to our diet, we bought a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share. Basically every week we will get a box of veggies from a local farm for a set price for the entire season (One day I would like to have our own huge garden, but apartment dwelling isn't conducive to much more than an herb garden). It ends up being a great deal at about 10$ a week for a ton of food. Most shares are for a family of 4-5 so we are splitting the box and the price with our neighbors. The only catch is, whatever crops they bring you that week is what you get, so you can't be a picky vegetable eater.... which there are at least a couple of those at our house.

This week after splitting with the neighbors, we got:

1.5 lbs of potatoes - (Hudson wants me to make some cheesy mashed potatoes.... I need to get on that)
1.5 lbs of green bell peppers - (sliced it up and ate it as a snack with some hummus)
1 head of lettuce - (ate some for lunch today in a salad)
2 heads of raddicio - can someone please tell me what to do with this! I tastes pretty bitter
1.5 lbs of broccoli -(roasted it and put in a pasta)
1 garlic bulb -(used it in the pasta)
1 pint of cherry tomatoes -(yet to use slash kind of ruined them when I turned the fridge to cold for Hurricane Irene.... and a coke exploded....)
1 bunch of kale - (Kale chips)

We ate a bunch of the broccoli on Friday night, roasting it in the oven with the pressed garlic, salt, and olive oil. I am not a fan of raw broccoli and this was SOOOoo good. We made a broccoli parmesan lemon pasta and it was pretty darn good if I do say so myself. Hudson even liked it! But tonight was a whole different monster.... KALE..... duh duh duh (said in an increasingly deeper tone). The difficulty with this whole veggie thing is that Hudson and I have completely different palettes. Example A: Tonight while we were in the kitchen working on dinner, I was preparing the kale and I turn around to see Hudson sprinkling left over ground beef on the frozen pepperoni pizza. Case and point. Back to the Kale. On foodgawker, 80% of the kale recipes came back as kale chips. So kale chip it I did. And it was pretty good. I think Hudson found the creepy seaweed color creepy, and he refused to eat it with his eyes closed. So... I don't know if I would call the kale a success.

Help please:
1. What do I do with Radiccio?
2. Any other uses for Kale?

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