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    Colcannon

    Why is it that a German/Polish/Czech gal like me cannot get enough of St. Patrick’s Day? Guinness reigns as my favorite beer of all time, and will always be the first thing I asked the bartender for the day I turned 21. Green is my favorite color. I’ve eaten up all the Irish themed blog posts this week (check out these here – here – and here!) I wait all year long for the traditional St. Paddy’s Day fare. This week I’ve got a few of my favorite Irish dishes to share to celebrate the holiday. First up is a revised recipe I posted a while ago for Borenkool Stamppot. It’s…

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    Stamppot (Mashed Potatoes with Kale)

    The kitchen partner and I belong to a postcard exchange website called Postcrossing.com. The basic idea of the exchange begins when you register for an account and receive an address for another user. When this user receives your postcard in the mail they register it on the site. For each postcard you send, another stranger around the world is given your address and in return sends a postcard back to you. We’ve been in the exchange for a few years now and have postcards from over 40 countries. Many times the messages are about the weather or the scenery, but occasionally the writer shares something about local food. Recently, a postcard…

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    Kale Chips

    Last fall, one of my small friends introduced me to butternut squash chips.  Sliced thin on a mandolin and gently fried in sunflower oil, this little guy would literally stand at the stove waiting for more.  As hard as I tried to re-create them the same way his mom (and Tyler Florence) can, I couldn’t do it.  I bet I made no less than 10 squash into either smush piles or a burnt, oily mess last fall.  I finally resigned to my Whole Grain Milling tortilla chip.   There just aren’t that many choices for a locavore who wants to get their crunchy, salty, junk food on. Kale chips are…