February 2009

Kale!

Let's talk about kale.

One of the things I love most about the Northwest is that I can find fresh organic leafy greens, year-round. Kale, especially, is readily available in your local market from mid-winter through early spring. This time of year kale is especially sweet and tender. I came fairly late to kale, as a cook. It wasn't one of the greens I remember my mom cooking, when I was growing up in Montana.

Kale and collard greens are old plants, cultivated in kitchen-gardens for nearly as long as we have records. Described by 1st century writers, the Romans and Greeks grew greens very similar to modern kale and collard. Either the Romans or the Celts introduced "coles" to Britain.

Valentine's Day in the Northwest

Saturday is Valentine's Day. It's still five days away though, so you've got a bit of time to make sure you haven't forgotten your best beloved this year. Here in the Northwest, we all have unique opportunities to enjoy the beauty and style of Northwest style and living, while we celebrate this holiday with someone we love. Even if you've never made a big deal about Valentine's Day before, and don't intend to this year, either—it's never a bad idea to make any day a special and romantic day with someone you care about.

Valentine's Day doesn't have to cost a lot to be memorable. In fact, the personal touches that don't cost anything but your time, thought, and a little extra attention and effort? Those touches are what will make your Valentine's Day with your beloved a special day. Don't be shy about being unabashedly sentimental, either . . . That's what Valentine's Day is really all about. But moreover, that's what love is all about.