Ye Olde Kale Chips

Of all my self-destructive tendencies — and believe me, there are some strong contenders — the crowning glory might be my need to believe that if everyone else likes something, I won’t. Apparently deep down in there, some part of me thinks that I’m wayyyy awesomer than everyone else. It’s a shame I’m way too good to get a therapist, because that sounds like something that could use a little working on.

In truth, though, I do dislike a lot of things that everyone loves. Sunscreen. Soda. Sports. The phone. Children. Everything. See?

Most of the time, my horrible, elitist, curmudgeonly attitude serves me as well as any horrible, elitist, curmudgeonly attitude can be expected to do, and that’s probably why I’ve stuck with it for so long. But recently, in turning a blind eye to the trends unfolding before me, I’ve nearly missed out on a whole bunch of stuff that, once I finally condescended to discover it, made me ridiculously happy. Modern Family. Skinny jeans. Brushing my teeth (just kidding). And — and this is why we’re here — kale chips. Ye Olde Kale Chips, at this point.

Everyone, their brother, and their blog has been gushing about kale chips for like two years. I’m all about kale, to be sure. And I’d made kale chips a handful of times in their heyday. And we’d really liked them. Still, I was way too awesome for them. So for quite a while, we missed out on making them a regular part of our snacking situation, our soup garnishing situation, and our sneakily feeding the kids health food situation. What was I thinking?

You know exactly what I was thinking. I was thinking I was too damn good for kale chips.

But the thing of it is, I had it backwards. Come to find out, kale chips were too good for me.

I stand corrected.

  • I love kale, but only have tried kale chips once, and didn’t like them. However, they were not homemade and I seem to recall had some “flavoring component.” I never thought about making them, but it’s sort of too easy not to. Would be a good thing to snack on when I get home from work. I always mean to snack on carrots, but since I’d have to peel them, it’s too much effort…so I eat whatever baked good I have laying around. If I’m being honest, though, I probably could find some reason that opening a jar of kale chips vs. pumpkin bread is too much effort too but there’s no reason not to try.ReplyCancel

    • Hi Sara, these are really different from the dehydrated ones you can buy. They’re much more delicate and crisp. I do like those other ones too, I have to admit. But these are a totally separate beast.ReplyCancel

  • Carole

    That’s what is called a great timing. I have just bought a pack of Kales this morning (vegetable I have never encountered in my life before) and I was wondering how to cook them. I’ll give it a try. Great photos by the way!ReplyCancel

  • Carole

    I have just finished baking them and they are oishi!ReplyCancel

    • Hi, Carole! Thanks for visiting, and I’m so glad you liked the kale chips. Love your use of Japanese food terminology, too. Très à propos! (to use some terrible French. :)ReplyCancel

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