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KaleStorm Headed to PB!

March 26, 2012 - 4:35pm
Chris S


Feeling frail?   Eat some kale! You’ll find vibrant green, deep red and even bright purple  kale from JR organics and Suzie’s Farm at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market this week. Red Russian, curly green, black, blue Scotch, Lacinato and Red Monarch are a few of our favorites.

Curly green kale combines beautifully with shaved fennel from Suzie’s, olive oil from The California Olive and balsamic vinegar from Bistro Blends, and spinach fettucine from Lisko Imports in this kale and fennel pasta recipe. Bake these tasty, crispy kale chips  with Red Monarch kale - they’re ideal for dipping in original Bitchin Sauce.  Lacinato kale, also known as dinosaur kale (a much more fun name, we think!) is a traditional crop of Tuscany and an essential ingredient in an authentic minestrone. Red Russian kale seems to have a particular affinity for garlic, so sautee it with some as a side dish, or layer it with garlic jack cheese from Springhill Cheese Company and sourdough bread from Belen bakery for a healthy twist on grilled cheese sandwiches.  

Speaking of health, there’s  growing body of evidence that kale is full of particularly potent source of nutrients that reduce the odds of developing several cancers. (But people taking commonly-prescribed blood thinners Warfarin should talk to their doctor before eating large amounts of kale.) A vegetable that’s tasty, versatile, and super healthy.  That’s something to kalebrate!

Celiac Shmeliac

October 5, 2011 - 10:02am
Britta T


For those of you whose tummies don't stand a chance against gluten, you can gather a whole gaggle of ingredients at the North Park Farmers' Market to make scrumptious snacks that will fill you up and even convert your gluten-dependent friends.

Check out this recipe from Gluten Free Goddess for  Baked Cherry Tomatoes and Cornbread Crumble

Here's our version, with ingredients from your favorite vendors. Select a pint or two of both golden and red cherry (or grape) tomatoes from Suzie's Farm or Valdivia Farm. Pick up a few squares of Traditional or Jalapeno Cheddar cornbread from Cornbread Daddy, and take a moment to breathe into a bunch of dark, fragrant basil from JR Organics. At home, halve the tomatoes, blend the cornbread with a few cloves of garlic, salt & pepper, and olive oil. Arrange the tomatoes and the crumb mixture in a small dish and bake for 20-30 minutes at 400 degrees. Your taste buds and your tummy will thank you after this meal!

Garlicious Kale Chips

If you've not already indulged in this vegetarian delicacy, be prepared to become very addicted, very quickly! JR Organics offers beautiful, hearty bunches of blue scotch and lacinato kale, so don't hesitate to take a few home to experiment with. The dressing is simple, and you can vary it depending on what you feel like. Start out with fresh scallions from Valdivia, lemons from R&L, parsley from Suzie's, and fresh garlic. Blend everything together with apple cider vinegar, tahini sauce, and a dash of soy sauce and water. Wash and chop up the kale into bite size strips, then coat it in the dressing. Scatter the kale over a baking tray and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, just until the leaves brown. Be careful not to burn them!

Coconut Date Logs

Keep your sweet tooth at bay by treating yourself to these easy, yet decadent date and nut rounds. Take home a good helping of raw almonds from Hopkins AG, a package of fresh Medajool dates from Morocco Gold Date Farm, and a few yellow zucchini from Kawano Farm. Blend together the dates and almonds in a food processor, and then add vanilla extract, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a dash of sea salt. Mix this together with the finely shredded zucchini and roll the "dough" into small balls, topping with flaked coconut. You can devour these just as they are or freeze them to firm them up. Go ahead and make an extra batch, since you know they'll be delicious. 


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