Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Beet Chips & Kale Chips and Gun Control

These are so good ... better than potato chips. They really have to be sliced extra thin to get them crunchy, so a mandoline slicer is a must. Two beets will make enough chips for two people.

Beet Chips

2 medium-sized beets (golden beets are a good choice, but red is fine too)
extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper.

Chop off the greenery, leaving enough stem so you can use it as a handle while slicing on the mandoline, then peel the beets. Using the thinnest setting on the mandoline, slice the beets. Toss the beet slices in a bowl with the olive oil and salt & pepper (to taste). Place the slices in a single layer on the sheets. Bake until most of the slices have dark browning (see photo above). This will probably take 30 minutes or more.

Kale Chips

bunch of kale
extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper
garam masala or other spices (garlic powder, cumin, etc.)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cut the kale into bite-size pieces (keep in mind they will shrink a bit), leaving the stems on the chopping block. Toss in a bowl with the olive oil and salt & pepper (to taste) and garam masala (or other spice). Spread leaves onto the sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.

Sensible Gun Control

Everyone should read Henry Porter's opinion piece, "American gun use is out of control. Shouldn't the world intervene?", which appeared September 21 in The Guardian:


A piece written by David Byrne (of Talking Heads fame), "If the 1% stifles New York's creative talent, I'm out of here", is also very good:


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