KALE & BUTTERNUT SQUASH SALAD

December 13, 2016

Kale when it is not prepared well is like, so messed up and bad. Kale when it is prepared well, with its fibers nicely broken up and lots of flavor added in is so good. I am not a health nut, but a kale salad done right is delicious.

It makes me wonder if all the people who say they don’t like kale have had kale at its best. I am guilty of serving a too tough kale dish to my husband before and if that was what I thought of kale as I would not want it either. I think lots of veggie-haters could find themselves liking something like kale fried in bacon fat and mixed in a mac & cheese, or here where it is sauteed and mixed with a chipotle dressing and goat cheese.

kale-butternut-squash-saladKALE & BUTTERNUT SQUASH SALAD
Serves 3 to 4

1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon adobo sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 bunch kale, sliced thinly
1  cup black beans
½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
½ pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange butternut squash on a lined baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 40 minutes, until slightly browned. Assemble dressing by whisking together 2 tablespoons olive oil, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, honey, adobo sauce, and garlic powder. Saute kale in a skillet over medium heat with remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 3-4 minutes, until tender. Toss kale and black beans in dressing and top with goat cheese, butternut squash, and shredded chicken (optional).

KALE & BUTTERNUT SQUASH SALAD
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bunch kale, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup black beans
  • ½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • ½ pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Arrange butternut squash on a lined baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 40 minutes, until slightly browned.
  3. Assemble dressing by whisking together 2 tablespoons olive oil, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, honey, adobo sauce, and garlic powder.
  4. Saute kale in a skillet over medium heat with remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 3-4 minutes, until tender.
  5. Toss kale and black beans in dressing and top with goat cheese, butternut squash, and shredded chicken (optional).

Adapted from Joanne Eats Well with Others.

CHICKEN & DUMPLINGS CASSEROLE

December 12, 2016

There are so many bad casseroles. I consider myself more or less on a lifelong quest to gather the recipes of all the good ones. And inject them into my week night dinners.

And share them with you too of course. Here is one to file away. Chicken and Dumpling Casserole with my favorite gravy.

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Serves 3 to 4

16 ounce tube of refrigerated biscuits
12 cloves garlic, minced
8 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour
1 cup vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice biscuits into quarters. Layer half of biscuits into bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes. In a large skillet, sauté garlic in butter for 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Add flour, vegetable broth, and pepper to sauce. Stir occasionally for 2-3 more minutes. Fold chicken into gravy and pour over cooked dumpling layer. Top with remaining biscuits and baked for 10 minutes. Cover with foil and bake for 5 more minutes.

CHICKEN & DUMPLINGS CASSEROLE
 
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Ingredients
  • 16 ounce tube of refrigerated biscuits
  • 12 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice biscuits into quarters. Layer half of biscuits into bottom of a greased 9x13 baking dish.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. In a large skillet, sauté garlic in butter for 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Add flour, vegetable broth, and pepper to sauce. Stir occasionally for 2-3 more minutes.
  5. Fold chicken into gravy and pour over cooked dumpling layer.
  6. Top with remaining biscuits and baked for 10 minutes. Cover with foil and bake for 5 more minutes.

 

KNITTED CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS!

December 8, 2016

Do you see that exclamation point firmly planted in that post title? The weekend after Thanksgiving is perhaps my favorite time of the whole year and my transformation into a sugar plum fairy is complete.

We put up wreaths on the exterior windows again, and of course the grand tanenbaum (heart emoji). We are still young home owners and in the process of building up our decor stash. One of this year’s big additions was getting our unified set of family stockings in order.

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Painting the living room white only made me even more excited to deck these halls because I knew I would love how some stockings would look on the mantel. I considered several directions for how to do our family set. When you are weird like me there are lots of things to consider and form strong opinions on of what our family needs.

First, homemade or store bought? We have a dear family friend who is a knitting wonder and she was willing to make some for all of us, so we got to have homemade ones. David’s grandma also made some needle point ones for the kids that they hang in their bedrooms. We love special things like this and heirlooms in general, so we were extremely happy to get to be the cool-handmade-knitted-stocking-types.

Second, (and easiest), all matching or variety? We decided on variety, but still with cohesion. The biggest questions come now in how there will be variety. All the same colors with different images? Or all same pattern with different colors?

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We at first loved the idea of each stocking having a unique image because I think it is so sweet when little kids get to be proud about the picture on their stocking and all “mine’s a gingerbread man!” But, if you are going with handmade it is a lot more leg work to find a unique picture for each person and make sure they all look similar in amount of detail or proportions and such. We hope to have a big family so we really would need a large picture arsenal. (This is easier of course, if you go the store bought route). Plus, grand kids. (YES I AM THINKING THIS FAR.)

So we landed on same pattern with different colors. That still makes room for the fun personalization of “mine’s red and gold!” or “mine has blue like dad’s!” and all that. I completely adore them and they really will be family treasures for life. I can’t wait to pick out more colors for more people as our family grows.

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And for an amazing PSA, I got these adorable brush trees in the little Target $3 bins at the front of the store. $3 for all of them!

MERRY CHRISTMAS. 2016 NEEDED THIS. YES IT IS REALLY HERE. CHRISTMAS STILL CAME.

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