Food Stuff

Illustration By Marianne Mancina

Presumably, we have now begun programs of healthy eating, financial restraint or quitting whatever bad habit floats our boats. I can’t help you with the latter two, but if you’re trying to eat your veggies, allow me to suggest kale. Although this may sound as appealing as tackling your credit-card debt, dark-green dinosaur kale, also called lacinato, is chock-full of vitamins, neither tough nor bitter, and wonderful roasted. Just chop it in big pieces, pour on a bit of olive oil and chuck it in a hot oven for 15 or 20 minutes, stirring it once or twice. The leaves crisp up around the edges, like healthful potato chips, and turn tender. They can be flavored in any way you wish, with lemon peel or garlic and hot chili flakes. The last people I served it to decided they preferred it to bacon—and that was even before they’d made New Year’s resolutions.