Hyper Local Kale Chips

By Seth Fera-Schanes

There is an episode of the HBO show Bored to Death where two rivals and restaurateurs compete for who can have the most locally grown menu.  It’s a fun episode and if you live in New York it’s a show you should go back to and watch (there were only 3 seasons and worth checking out.)

I thought of this episode as I walked down the block to my local community garden and picked some hearty Red Russian Kale from my little 4 ft. x 4 ft. garden plot.  But what to do with this bounty (of 6 leaves?)

Kale carpaccio, kale salad, kale smoothie, raw?  I actually don’t know if kale carpaccio is a thing but it sounded cool so someone should do that and send me a pic.

The very obvious winner was kale chips.  They can be made in the time it takes to watch that one Bored to Death and save me the $8 if I were to buy them at the store.

The recipe is simple: wash and dry the kale, brush on a little extra virgin olive oil, add some salt, place flat on a baking sheet and put in a low heat oven for 20-30 minutes to dry out.

Fresh Garden Grown Kale

Fresh Kale

Homegrown Kale

Red Russian Kale from Harlem Garden

Red Russian Kale Grown in Harlem

Making Kale Chips

Kale Chips

Kale Chip




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