This Saturday started out as most of our summer Saturdays do, with a family trip to the farmer’s market. Mild, tender lettuce and tomatoes were on the list for today. But Middle Sister has been wanting to try kale for some time, and I had a little cash left, so a head of kale went into the bag, too.
People keep telling me how awesome kale chips are, and how easy to make. I like a weekend cooking project, so we gave it a try. They certainly were easy – strip the kale from the stalks, toss with olive oil and seasoned salt, and bake at 350 on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Pretty fun!
My first hint that perhaps kale chips were not my thing came when we were about five minutes into the baking time. A really quite unpleasant odor filled the kitchen – reminiscent of cabbage, cauliflower, or broccoli (all veggies I actually enjoy). They looked relatively appetizing when they came out of the oven.
At first I didn’t mind eating them TOO much. Crunchy and salty is good. I kept telling myself what a nice, healthy alternative to potato chips they were to have on my lunch plate.
Survey of the rest of the family: The Husband – thumbs up. Middle Sister – thumbs up. The Boy – wouldn’t touch them.
I’m afraid the farty kale taste defeated me in the end. So I have to give it a thumbs down. Oh, well. Maybe next week we’ll try something a little more palatable for our experimenting – rhubarb/strawberry pie, perhaps?