Crunchy Kale Salad

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I’m in the midst of creating a Thanksgiving tasting menu for a client’s dinner party. She wanted to have traditional Thanksgiving ingredients in a non-traditional way. In our conversations, she kept mentioning that she wants crunchy delicious vegetables that are cooked just right, not overly done. And so, that has me playing around with Kale a bit.

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I’m playing around with creating the usual Thanksgiving greens, but substituting kale for collard. Of course, I got hungry while I was cooking so I threw together a kale salad to hold me over while I explored with different ingredients.

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Honey Cake with Pear & Hazelnuts

Honey Cake

At the beginning of my day, I usually have an unrealistic-several-page-long to do list. Some days, I accomplish everything. Most days, I accomplish half of it. And everyday, my choice of being overwhelmed, underwhelmed or peacefully balanced usually has to do with the amount of things I’ve scratched off my list.

I find myself working to be so disciplined – in following through with work, doing what I say I’m going to do, making the right eating choices, working out every morning – that I need a break from my regimen. I crave balance. I’m eager for moments to myself, to focus my energy inward, have me time and completely relax.

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And then there are times, where all I need is girlfriend time. Long talks with my friends are sure to cure most of my anxieties. This past weekend, a few girlfriends of mine decided to walk Memorial Park after brunch and enjoy this fine weather we’ve been having in Houston.  We talked about our schedules brimming with one-too-many happy hours, afterwork networking opportunities clouding our calendars, and many other distractions demanding our attention daily. And we all came to the realization, that days and weeks will pass without you truly accomplishing what you’ve sought to accomplish – all because you’ve given your time and energy to the latest interruption.

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