Kale Chips

Late last fall I fell in love with kale.  I can honestly say I cannot remember a single time that I ate it growing up.  As far as I know, I have only my farmer to thank for this vegetable romance. The first time I discovered this huge leafy vegetable in my CSA box, I had no idea what it was or how to use it in cooking.  Obviously, my instincts told me to search Pinterest and various other food blogs.

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Farm Fresh Food

In the fall I decided to join a CSA in the Nashville area.  For those of you who don’t know what a CSA is, here is a pretty basic explanation.  First, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  When you buy into a CSA you are actually buying one share or one portion of the farmer’s crop.  I had researched different farms in the area and finally found my local CSA Farmer: Bountiful Blessings Farm (check out their website if you are in the Nashville area and are interested!). I ultimately decided on them for a few reasons.  First, their pick up times and locations were extremely convenient for me and my busy schedule.  Second, they are completely organic and pesticide free.  Thirdly, I read their story and was really excited to be a part of their project!

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Butternut Squash Risotto

Winter squashes have made their way back to the produce section.  There are so many varieties to choose from!  I really love cooking with butternut squash.  The first time I ever cooked butternut squash was in college and I made a risotto with it.  My roommates and I were cooking dinner for whoever wanted to come… which quickly turned into a weekly tradition.  This dish has a lot of great memories for me!  I love the amazing aromas and flavors this risotto has with the squash, browned butter, sage, and rosemary.  Believe me, your kitchen will smell heavenly.

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