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A double dose of deliciousness

By Penny Stine

I was in foodie heaven last night. Got home late, went out to the garden and picked a boatload of kale, some peas and some mint. (I had more peas than what are in this photo - these are the ones we didn't eat.) While my husband grilled some pork chops, I roasted the kale and tried a new recipe for the peas (which called for the mint).


The results were truly delish. Roasted kale has become one of our favorite things to eat in the summer and the peas were equally tasty. I meant to take photo of them before we ate, but because it was late and we were hungry, the photo didn’t stand a chance. Both were incredibly simple to make.

Roasted kale
Kale, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes
Cut the stem off the kale. Spray a large cooking sheet w/non-stick spray. Toss the kale with the olive oil and spices. Roast at 350 degrees until it’s brown and crispy (maybe 5 or 10 minutes). May have to turn the leaves over to brown both sides

Sautéed peas with mint
Peas, olive oil, 3 cloves garlic, salt, pepper, 3 tbsp chopped mint
Saute peas and garlic in olive oil for 3 – 4 minutes. Long enough to cook slightly, but don’t let them get overdone. When done, toss with salt & pepper and chopped mint.

If you’ve got a garden and you haven’t planted kale, you need to repent and change your ways. Seriously, it’s the most ridiculously easy thing to grow. Although it’s supposed to be a cold weather plant, it doesn’t mind our heat and produces all summer as long as you keep cutting and don’t let it go to seed.

For all the eagle-eyed gardeners perusing this, yes, that is  lettuce growing with the kale. I have no idea how it got there. 








As for the peas, it’s probably too late to plant any more now. This year, I tried 3 different kinds. Although I like the yellow climbing ones for their looks, I think my favorite for taste is one I got from Park Seed.














It’s called Norli snow pea. Unfortunately, it appears to be done blooming and making any more peas for me.  At least every plant produces plenty of peas. 



I also planted some Sugar Ann peas, which are still blooming and making new peas. I didn't take a pic of those, so you'll have to use your imagination. Those are the ones I'm sharecropping for the Man. Or the Woman, actually. Lynn bought me the seeds and asked me to grow them for her, so we share the bounty. 


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