Archive for June, 2011

Crispy Kale – Better than Chips

June 28, 2011

My husband’s Saturday morning routine begins with a trip to the farmers market to buy French pastries from the nuns, pie from the pie lady, and, oh yes, some vegetables. This time he brought home several bunches of kale to try a recipe the woman who sold it told him. This is sooo good (and, yes, better than chips in my opinion) and easy to make. Here’s what he did:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash and pat kale dry.
  3. Snip kale off the stem.
  4. Place kale pieces in large bowl.
  5. Drizzle olive oil (lightly) and sprinkle a bit of salt over kale and turn mixture with spoon. Drizzle olive oil over kale again and sprinkle with a bit more salt; turn to mix. Kale should be lightly coated with olive oil; if necessary, drizzle a bit more oil and turn the mixture a few more times to coat the kale evenly.
  6. Spread kale in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. Kale should be darker green, even brown on some leaves, and crispy.
  8. Eat and enjoy. We did not have any left over and I am not sure it would stay crispy till the next day – probably best eaten within a few hours of baking.

Just out of the oven. Aren't the greens lovely?

A Day at the Beach

June 16, 2011

We have had a lot of rain over the last seven days in the Chicago area and it is still coming down. On Sunday, however, there was a break so even though I should have been playing with fabric, we instead took off for a few hours and went to the Indiana Dunes. A bit overcast but the temperatures were a cool 58 degrees, perfect for hiking and a tailgate picnic afterwards. I also got to experiment with the camera on my new iPhone; while convenient, I like the pictures my camera takes better.

Sneak Peak at the Exciting New Quilting Book “Modern Blocks”

June 9, 2011

The soon to be published quilting book Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers is not just any quilting book, it is the first book I am contributing to – 4 blocks to be exact – and I am soooo excited! I am also very honored to be included in a book with other modern quilt makers that I have admired.

Modern Blocks will hit bookstores in October, but here’s a sneak peak at the cover which will give you a visual taste of what’s inside the book.

 

Stay tuned for more about the book!