Holier Than Thou New Year

by Anne Bennett on January 1, 2014


Lacinato, or Tuscan kale

I got up this New Year’s Day morning, ate breakfast and went to the grocery store and bought…lacinato kale, the kale that isn’t curly (or tough and inedible. Sorry, curly-kale lovers). Lacinato kale, also called Tuscan kale, resembles Swiss Chard and is the variety I can actually tolerate.

I washed and chopped the kale and added it to my leftover black-eyed-peas, aka Hoppin’ John. I’m hedging my bets — Hoppin’ John is the traditional Southern dish that is purported to bring good luck in the new year. My guess is that adding kale can only increase my chances for good fortune.

I must be holier than all get-out. I mean, by comparison, what did you do this morning? Did you go out and buy kale? I’ll bet not.*

pigLater today, Champ and I will sit down to the Rose Bowl (go Stanford!) with a bowl of kale-packed Hoppin’ John and brown rice and a couple of Stellas and talk about what we’re going to do with all the money we win this year. Eating like this, we’re probably going to win the next lottery.

*I cannot tell a lie…we got a big honey-baked ham for Christmas and I added some to the pot  — the kale will surely offset any deleterious effects. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


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