Restful Day

Friday, March 14, 2008
Today was just what I needed--a day at home with nothing on the calendar. I recently signed up again for Organics to You, a delivery service that brings a box of fresh, locally grown, seasonal fruits and vegetables to your front door as well as extra grocery items if you choose to add on to your order, such as coffee beans, tofu, eggs, milk, or Artisan bread (we like the Ciabatta Olive Loaf). We received our first delivery yesterday, and I've been enjoying the delicious fruit with Samuel. Today I made a kale and potato gratin dish for dinner with some of the vegetable items in the box. I thought I'd share the recipe I used taken from one of my favorite cookbooks, Joy of Cooking (pg. 278):
Kale and Potato Gratin
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 2-quart shallow baking dish.
Steam, until almost tender, 8 to 10 minutes:
1 large bunch kale (about 1 pound), washed well and sliced and deribbed
Meanwhile, peel and cut into 1/8-inch rounds:
4 medium Yukon Gold or all-purpose potatoes (about 1 1/4 pounds)
2 small onions
Drain the kale and let stand until cool enough to handle. Press out the excess water and coarsely chop. Build up alternating layers of potatoes, onions, and kale (2 layers each) in the baking dish, beginning and ending with potatoes and dotting each onion layer with:
2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
(1 teaspoon minced tarragon)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Pour over the top:
1 1/2 cups milk or half-and-half
Cover and bake until the potatoes are tender and almost all the liquid is absorbed, 30 to 45 minutes. Run under the broiler, if desired, to brown the top.



3 comments:

Annagrace said...

That sounds so yummy--I love kale, I will have to try that soon!

Ah, The Joy of Cooking--so many childhood memories. My parents used that as a sort of bible and just holding my mom's brings back really good memories. (We also grew up with Moosewood and More with Less--anyone remember More with Less? Total 70's eating simply for a small planet thing...so revolutionary at the time!)

Beetles and Bees said...

I hadn't heard of "More with Less." Can you imagine how much better off we'd be now if we had started living with our planet in mind in the 70's?

Kelli said...

We just joined a local co-op where you buy a share of their produce in the spring and then get a weeks worth of produce once a week for 22 weeks. It's such a great deal, plus we are getting local, fresh, in-season organic fruits and veggies all summer! I love it. It is really hard to find a very good variety of organic produce around here, so it is a wonderful resource. Plus, it is fun to try out new recipes with some of the veggies I don't use frequently. It makes me be a little creative.

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