Today was my birthday. The big 45. My husband has off every Monday so I took the day off from work and we drove through the “notch” in Stowe, VT. Stopped at a local bar and grille for lunch, where I enjoyed a grilled chicken sandwich and a side salad with their homemade garlic vinaigrette. It was delish, although I was really full and only ate 1/2 the sandwich.
On our ride home we stopped at Cold Hollow Cider Mill to pick up some cider donuts. It’s a yearly tradition that we continue to do even though we are “eating clean”. If you’re ever in Vermont and driving up to Stowe (excellent skiiling by the way), make sure you add a stop to Cold Hollow to your list.
After our drive through the mountains to see the leaves changing on the trees, we stopped at Costco to pick up this week’s produce. I love buying produce from there because it’s so much cheaper than my local store.
To make room for all of this in the refrigerator, which is always a challenge, I decided to use up 1/2 a large bag of kale I had. I looked on Pinterest for some inspiration and decided to go ahead and make Kale Pesto.
8oz Kale, stems removed, chopped
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
3 cloves garlic
juice of 1/2 lemon
4-6 T olive oil
1 Jalepeno, seeds removed
Boil a pot of water with the kale for 3-4 minutes or until the kale is bright green.
Drain and add to a food process with the rest of the ingredients
Process until well mixed. Our family loves spicy food so I decided to add a jalapeno to the mix.
Freshly picked from the garden
Sample the mix to see if you’d prefer more garlic or more cheese
Tonight I served the Kale Pesto over ravioli. I have quite a bit of the pesto left over and we’ll use it this week on sandwiches.
Do you like Kale? If so, what is your favorite way to enjoy it? Kale Chips? As a Salad?
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