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Kale Chips

January 8, 2014

Lately I have been picking up kale at the farmers market (3 bunches for $5!), but considering my hubby isn’t on the kale train yet, I’ve had to get creative as to what to do with it all.  Most of it goes to this salad, but one of my favorite things to whip up with any extra leaves is this – kale chips!

Kale Chips

It’s super easy and super healthy… Here is what you need:

  • Lacinato Kale (I used 1 bunch)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil (or flavored olive oil)
  • Salt (I used Maldeon)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar*

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Wash kale leaves and dry.
3. Tear leaves from stem and rip into “chip”size pieces (they will shrink once baked) 4. Toss with oil (or oil and vinegar if you are going for a “salt and vinegar” approach) until fully coated (but not soggy).
5. Bake for 15-20 until crispy and slightly golden around the edges.
6. Sprinkle with salt (and/or top with shredded Parmesan).
7. Snack away!  There are so many combination possibilities… Get creative (but at the end of the day good ol’ olive oil and salt tastes great)!


Salt and Vinegar Chips

October 9, 2013

One of my guilty pleasures? Salt and vinegar chips!

Salt & Vinegar Chips

I have been into baking my own chips for sometime, but wanted to take things to the next level and figure out how to make flavored baked chips… here is what I did:

1. Used a mandolin to thinly slice 3 russet potatoes (thinness is to your liking, I prefer on the thinner side).


2. Immediately submerge potato slices in ice water, while you continue to slice the rest of the potatoes.

Ice Bath

3. Drain potatoes and transfer to a large pot.  Fill pot with white vinegar, until potatoes are completely covered.

White Vinegar

4. Bring potato slices to a boil over medium high heat, let boil for 5 minutes.


5. Remove from heat and cover.  Let sit for at least 30 minutes to let the vinegar flavor marinate.

6. Gently remove potatoes from vinegar and dry on paper towels.

Potato Slices

7. Transfer to a baking sheet (coated with cooking spray) and spray top side of potato slices with oil or cooking spray as well.  Sprinkle with kosher salt.

Baked Chip

8. Cook for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

Salt Vinegar Chips

9. Enjoy!

Vinegar Chips


Burger in Paradise

July 1, 2013

To celebrate America’s birthday, I wanted to have a week devoted to America’s finest… and what screams America more than a burger!? And not just any burger… an In n’ Out burger!

Burger and Chips

In n’ Out Burger

  • 1 lb ground beef chuck (I used 80% lean… more fat the better 🙂 depends how “healthy” you want to be)
  • American cheese slices
  • Secret Spread
    • 2 Tablespoons mayo, 1 teaspoon ketchup, 1/4 teaspoon mayo, 2 teaspoon minced dill pickles
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Caramelized onions
    • 1 diced yellow onion, 1 Tablespoon oil, salt
  • Tomato Slices
  • Hamburger Buns (potato rolls or brioche rolls are other great options)
  1. Caramelize Onions: Heat oil in a pan over medium – medium low heat and add onions.  Stir occasionally for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Season with salt. 
  2. Secret Spread: Mix together secret spread ingredients.
  3. Burgers: Make patties with ground beef and season with salt and pepper.  The key is to make them really thin – you will need to make them thinner than you think because they will plump up once cooked. Heat oil in a pan and cooker patties over medium heat for about 3 minutes.Top  uncooked side with about 1 teaspoon of mustard.  Flip patty, top with cheese slice and cook until medium doneness.
  4. Assembly: Toast buns, top with secret spread,tomato, lettuce, hamburger patty/cheese, and caramelized onions.

Looking for the perfect side? Make these amazing chips and dip!

Baked Potato Chips with Sour Cream and Onion Dip 

  • Russet Potatoes (3-4)
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Green Onion
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Use a mandolin to thinly slice potatoes.  I used to cut thicker slices but I find cutting them 1/4 inch or so is much better!
  3. I used an olive oil mister to spray a baking sheet, then dispersed potatoes on the sheet.  I resprayed with olive oil and sprinkled lightly with salt.  Bake for 10-15 minutes (keep an eye on them, depends how thinly they are cut)
  4. While the potatoes are baking, whip together the last 3 ingredients to make an amazingly easy dip!