Sunday, January 18, 2009

Kyna's kale bake

Since I have become a mom, I have met some of the most wonderful women! And felt an incredible outpouring of love. Speaking of love, this gratin, mmm, loves kale! A little Gruyere cheese loves kale too.

its adapted from a version that uses chicken broth on epicurious called swiss chard gratin. You can use kale or really any kind of green - swiss chard, curly kale, etc.

5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup fresh white bread crumbs - use the stonehouse fishtown ones otherwise you should add some fresh spices like parsley, chives, tarragon.
3 oz Gruyère cheese, grated (1 cup) (sometimes I do a mix of gruyere and
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup veggie broth
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 lb Swiss chard or kale cut into 1-inch pieces (I normally just use 2 bunches)

Melt 2 tablespoons butter and toss with bread crumbs, cheese, garlic, herbs,
half of nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a small heavy saucepan over moderate heat and
stir in flour. Cook roux, whisking, 1 minute, then whisk in broth and boil,
whisking, 1 minute. Season sauce with salt and pepper.
cook onion in remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a wide 8-quart heavy pot
over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened. Increase heat and Add
chard/kale, remaining nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste and cook,
stirring, until vegetables are wilted but not browned.

Transfer to 12-inch oval gratin or 2-quart shallow
baking dish, spreading evenly.

Top vegetables with bread crumbs and bake in middle of oven until bubbling
and topping is golden, about 20 minutes.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

too much change?

You might have heard about this new piece of legislation being considered that will make testing mandatory for all children's products. It's bad news for crafty people like me! Voice your opinion and help support handmade crafts!

christmas memories

Here are my brother-in-law, Doug and my stepmom, Kim, showing off their holiday goodies. Doug's cuff links were made by my friend, James Blanchard. They are fordite, a material made from the paint scrapings at the Ford Automotive plant. Very cool. Jim sells his work at my friend Christie's Gallery 50 in Traverse City. I traded him for revamped clothing for his little guy!
Kim's purse is a custom design, with one shoulder strap, pockets on both sides inside, a key hook, a cell phone pocket outside and a vinyl pocket on the back for photos of her grandkids. There a camera case and a makeup bag to match, all made from recycled fabric. Somehow I managed to stitch it up while Fyn and Tommy were playing together on Tommy's christmas vacation.