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Unlikely ingredients meet: African-Style Stewed Kale


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Here’s the story about the pic. My sister decorated these apples for Thanksgiving and there wasn’t really any appropriate prop for the pic, so this apple is here to symbolize the opposites in this recipe. But then after I took this, we dubbed this “Snow White’s last meal.” If you are following me, thanks, if not, just focus on the yummy kale!!

Just go with me for a second. This is one of those times where you sit back, relax, and just go with the recipe. I really have ZERO familiarity with African food but have been wanting to experiment with the ever-popular-and-trendy harissa, try David Lebovitz’s tagine recipe and Cookie+Kate’s west African peanut soup. Here’s where we start, African stewed kale. More than anything, the odd mix of ingredients dared me to make this dish.

Found via Bon Appetit’s pinterest, this recipe is for those who enjoy complex spices, vegetarian Indian dishes, curries, Thai food and KALEEEE (it’s number 7 out of 11). Honestly, you really don’t need to be the biggest kale or dark greens lover though. As long as you love a curry-based sauce, I really think you’ll enjoy this hearty dish. AND, it’s easy! The chopping is minimal if you buy one of those big bags of kale from the grocery store, all you’ve got left is 1 onion and some garlic.

2013-12-11 18.33.28My camera was feeling emotional, sorry for the dark lighting.

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BFFs: 2 TBS butter, 1 chopped onion, 3 cloves minced garlic

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A hefty portion of coriander and cumin

2013-12-11 19.05.28Stewing away for 10-15 minutes in crushed tomatoes and a bit of water

Brace yourselves, here’s where it gets weird:

2013-12-11 19.07.13Yes, cilantro and peanut butter going in to thicken it up and GIVE IT SOME MYSTERY

2013-12-11 19.56.35You need some chili garlic sauce, Indian pickle, or sriracha at the end if you are from the spicier end of the gene pool

Then cook some quick couscous, I used roasted garlic and olive oil flavored kind that cooked up in 5 minutes from a package!! Be adventurous! I got my whole family to eat this and they had NO idea what was in it. The peanut butter has this way of making the sauce creamy without adding coconut milk, but you can’t necessarily identify it. Enjoy as a side or serve over couscous as a main!


A Runner’s Feast: Deb’s Baked Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage



When your dad makes you run a race with him, you somehow get roped into making cheesy pasta bake the night before. You also end up arriving at the race a whopping 40 minutes too early and thus leaving an extra 40 minutes to sleep in the car dreaming of carb mania dinner from last night. But hey, you ran 9 miles THUMBS UP CHICA

Deb, you were thinking of my dad when you wrote this post I think. He is ALL ABOUT baked pasta with hot Italian sausage and hearty greens. I’ve never cooked broccoli rabe before, but am a HUGE fan. It always makes me think of when I went to Philadelphia during the college tour days and told my dad I wanted to go to a REAL Italian establishment in Philly. I ordered pasta with broccoli rabe, the waiter’s name was Dominic, and the restaurant was an old converted mansion. It was awesome.

On Atlanta’s first perfect fall day, I visited the St. Phillips farmers market for the first time and bought this delicious hot Italian sausage. The rapini I found at the regular grocery store actually and used part-skim mozzarella (use the block kind not shredded!!). I couldn’t find campagnelle but am a fan of rigatoni’s ridges. I slept soooo well after this meal and used some of the broccoli rabe, cheesy goodness and sausage to make scrambled eggs after the race.

This recipe’s going on my “college guy friends come to visit need food lots of it” list. And this bechamel ohhhhh. You could honestly make this without cheese and it’d be great with the bechamel. Since it’s cooked in the hot italian sausauge drippings, it has this spicy and full flavor thats so different from any bechamel I’ve made before.

Thank you Deb for this recipe!!

Served it with a salad, homemade balsamic, honey, lemon vinaigrette and some failed homemade croutons (feelin the sistah love coffield and grubes on the burned croutons)

(I added a few mushrooms)

DSCF4235Chop up the broccoli rabe


Break up the sausage and sautee (I think she used sweet but I used hot Italian)


Best trick for quick blanch of vegetables…adding in at the end of the pasta’s jacuzzi swim



Mixing the pasta, brocc and sausage

DSCF4248The beesssstttt bechamel…garlic was ON POINT


Mixin in half da cheese

DSCF4258Sprinkle some more cheese on top