Related Posts Widget for Blogs by LinkWithin

Monday, March 23, 2009

Greens for Green: Kale Chip Recipe

kale in colander
For the Colors of the Rainbow series.

I'm not the best recipe writer. I left out, not one, but two ingredients when writing up my last kale recipe. I've made edits to the kale salad — go check it out — it's even better with garlic and nutritional yeast.

Now, with two kale recipes here at Green Kitchen you'd think I was a some sort of kale lover. I'm not. I just find it extremely exciting when a "superfood" becomes superyummy to me and my family. This one's from Sarah at urban.praire.forest, who served kale chips the first time we visited.

Kale Chips
One bunch of curly kale
Olive oil
Sea salt

Wash kale and cut the leaves off of the big stems (I slide a sharp knife along the stem). If the pieces seem too big, tear them into chip size — the bigger the pieces, the longer it takes to crisp up, but don't make them too small. I usually leave the kale in my sink colander (my favorite kitchen tool, ever!) to drain. Put the drained kale in a bowl and dowse with some olive oil. I've never measured, I just make it like I would a salad. Sprinkle with a healthy pinch of salt. Toss. Spread onto cookie sheet (mine has sides). Bake in 350 degree oven until crisp. I check several times, stirring them around to even out the cooking. If some kale seems to be taking a lot longer to cook, I remove the already crisp ones and start eating. Enjoy.

Here's a pic of the finished chips.


Welcome, Darling Petunia. She's joined the Rainbow game.


For Anonymous Karen, the link to the crochet slipper pattern from my last post.
Anonymous said...

HELP! Could you post where you found the neat black and yellow slipper pattern and is it available for sale??? They look very comfortable, especially for someone with severe arthritic problems in their feet. It would be most appreciated.


One year ago at Green Kitchen: Would you Trust Me With Your Children?
Two years ago: Self Portrait
Three years ago: If Camilla and Hilda Had a Bunny Child


Saturday, March 21, 2009


The skirt:
I took my self-drafted (shouldn't it be draughted?) A-line skirt pattern from Sew, What, Skirts and turned it into a straight skirt by simply folding the pattern at the hip to make a vertical line from hip to hem instead of the angled "A" shape, then I added three rows of ruffles at the bottom. It's my new favorite skirt. You've already seen the one I made one for my sister.

The slippers:
I love them, too, but I didn't love making them. Most of the Ravelry reviews of the pattern are favorable — I'm not sure why it vexed me, it could be that I have small children distracting me. Why there are no stitch counts for the soles, or, why the step numbers do not correlate to row numbers, are two of my questions about the pattern. Having said that, I think they are totally cute and comfortable and it looks like many people have had success with them.


Labels: , , , ,

Friday, March 20, 2009

Roy G. Biv: Orange

There's nothing like giving myself an assignment to make me run the opposite direction. I never did like anyone telling me what to do, not even myself. So instead of looking for, or making, something orange for the Colors of the Rainbow theme, I made a huge multi-colored, patchwork project with my serger. It is so fun (so messy) to pull all the scraps out. I'm about half done.

If my guesses are correct there are eight decades of fabric represented — each one tells a story, individually, as well as together. There are fabrics from relatives long gone, pieces from garage sales, and bits from the clothes I've been making for myself and my family. I started out thinking it would be a skirt for me, but after basting the panels together I realized I really don't need a full circle's worth of fabric floating around my hefty self. My mom recommended its future lie on the table, so tablecloth it will be — so very appropriate since it's overall theme is about our future home. Can you guess where it will be? More about the patchwork project and the living situation to be revealed in future posts.

P.S. I'm extra-overjoyed at the offers for pattern testers. Now I just need to right up an official version to send out. Stay tuned for more info. Thank you.

P.P.S. I was happy to see that Jo from The Cart Before the Horse having some color fun, too.

Here's the rest of the Rainbow Connection:
Tania at Myrtle & Eunice
Patrice at Making Peace
Suse at Pea Soup

Did I miss anyone? Get a URL wrong? I hope not this time. ;)


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Colorful Friends and Jam Jar Cozy

Here are the friends (did I miss anyone?) who are cheering me up by playing along with the colors of the rainbow theme:

Tania at Myrtle & Eunice
Patrice at Making Peace
Suse at Pea Soup

Thank you, ladies.

And, for more red...


a crochet jam jar cozy that I'm designing and writing up — soon to be a free download here at Green Kitchen. I'm looking for a couple brave pattern testers. Anyone?


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

An Exercise in Rainbows: Red

While taking scary craft photos did cheer me up during the month of February, I've noticed I'm feeling a bit SAD lately. So, I thought an exercise in taking bright, saturated photos might give me a lift. I'm starting with red, working my way through the rainbow. I'm going to try to keep it to photos of things I made, past or present. I might have more than one post per color. There are no rules. This is about being happy. Anyone want to join?

My image for Red is a monoprint I made in a class a few years back. The black work is done with a funny airbrush-type tool that pumps out the ink. This was done with water-based ink, which I find very challenging because it lacks saturation, although you can't tell with this print. I think my color correction isn't true. The color background was done as a separate press run. The fan is a bit of paper glued on. The fancy term for that is Chine-collé.

Labels: , ,

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Now back to our regular programming...

of rainbows and unicorns.
Log Cabin Rainbow
Speaking of unicorns, did you see this unfortunate news? Luckily we'll still have Heather around the blogosphere and the book store. Did you see her design challenge and its gallery?

Need more happy? Click here.


Friday, January 18, 2008

Thomas P*rn, or, Steampunk for the Smaller Set

A couple generous donations from friends, an extravagant grandmother, parents who indulge a little too much — life of a first grandchild on both sides. The shelf is grandma craft.

Labels: ,

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Vintage Reading Rainbow

Guess you could have seen this coming — I couldn't help myself. I just had to do the books by color thing that's so popular these days (see last post for the before shot). Turns out my mom isn't so happy about the new order, she prefers alphabetical by author — she likes to "know" which ones she has.

These were the books my mom grew up with; they were her father's. His name was Quentin, but they called him Kip. I think I'll call him Al.

Click on the book photo if you want to see it bigger, maybe recognize a few titles.

Labels: , , ,