Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kale Chips

I decided to grow kale in flower garden this year as an accent to the flowers.  It's been a great year for kale, so we've been making lots of Kale chips.  The recipe is pretty simple and you either like kale chips or you don't...we have both camps in our house :-)

Here's my kale plants now...I keep harvesting leaves from the bottom, so they look like little palm trees now.


Bunch of kale
2 tablespoons of olive oil (or more depending on the size of the bunch)
1/2 teaspoon of salt, garlic salt, cajun seasons...or your favorite seasoning

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Wash kale and rip leaves from center step.  Pour olive oil over the top and mix with hands to ensure leaves are coated.  Sprinkle your favorite seasoning on top and mix again with your hands.

Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.  Turn kale with tongs and bake for another 15 minutes.  Kale will be delicate and crispy.  Enjoy!


Kale coated with olive oil and sprinkled with garlic salt

Kale ready to go in the oven

Half done baking

Finished kale chips...they don't look that great, but I like the taste

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Quick and Easy Stovetop Ribs

It has been a busy couple of months (wedding planning, getting married, honeymoon, etc.) but I'm back to cooking and posting new recipes! Will found this recipe and I was skeptical, given that I've heard that good ribs take time to make, but it actually turned out to be delicious and it only took about 30-35 minutes total, which is really short for ribs! You essentially boil the flavor into the ribs while they cook. It was so good that we made it again (just slightly modified with BBQ sauce instead of soy sauce) a few nights later with the other half of the ribs.

This recipe serves two hungry people with a little leftover. If you want to make it for more people, use the full rack of ribs and double the rest of the ingredients.

Quick and Easy Stovetop Ribs

  • 1/2 rack pork spare ribs
  • Water (enough to cover ribs in pot)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 5 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp of lime juice
  • 1 tbsp of dried parsley 
  • 1 tsp of BBQ seasoning
  1. Place the 1/2 rack of ribs into a large pot.
  2. Fill pot with enough water to cover the ribs.
  3. Place all of the ingredients into the pot (soy sauce, garlic, rosemary, oregano, lime juice, and parsley).
  4. Bring to a boil, then simmer (uncovered) on medium heat until the liquid is all (or mostly) gone, takes about 25 minutes or so. Turn the meat occasionally while it is simmering. 
  5. Check to ensure meat is cooked and serve (you can put any leftover garlic or sauce in the pot over the ribs).