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Wild Rice Kale Gratin

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Sorry for the posting delay. The end of last week was a bit busy. Here’s that promised side dish I’ve been raving about for the last week or so:

As mentioned, I made this for a dinner that I hosted for a few of my high school friends. I am a big fan of kale–especially in the winter. It’s so crunchy and good for you; I can almost feel my arteries clearing up while I eat it. And then I go do things like add it to a gratin and counteract all that artery-clearing with some cheese. But it’s the thought that counts, right?

This recipe comes from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, which I wrote about last week. It’s a great dish for a crowd; one recipe fed eight of us with plenty of leftover for my lunches (and dinner) over the weekend. Plus the bites of kale and caramelized onion just go so well with the nutty wild rice. Plus, who can resist a dish with a cheesy-panko topping?

So visualize healthy thoughts while you eat this. I’m sure that it counteracts the cheese? Conversely, maybe all the kale intake will inspire you to go to the gym. In any case, you only live once. Might as well eat happy. Continue reading

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Basil-Goat Cheese Flatbreads

Life sometimes does this thing where it overwhelms you.

First, there were finals.

Then, I started my internship.

Then, Liz graduated from med school (that’s right folks–she’s a real doctor now!).

Then, we had a series of major family events.

Then, my summer class started.

Add to that some great summer cookouts with friends (thanks, Thrasher!) and, somewhere, between all of this, I forgot to blog. Oops. It isn’t that I haven’t been cooking. It’s just that nothing I’ve cooked has been particularly different from things that I have already posted. I’m hoping my “dinspiration” returns once I’ve turned in my brief this week.

I made these flatbreads a while back as a pregame appetizer for Barrister’s Ball. I can’t recall where I saw description of these (I suspect it was on The Kitchn), but I decided instantly that I had to make them. They are simple to make, and they’d make a great addition to the spread at a cookout or summer dinner party. Caramelizing the onions always takes the longest, so be sure to give yourself ample time to complete that step.

Happy eating!

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