I suppose that summer is shortly on its way, but somehow its approach never quite seems to hit me on time. When it does arrive, it feels abrupt. Each year I eagerly anticipate the end of the interminably long winter months. I wait patiently for the days to get longer and the air warmer. I look forward to the abundance of green: spring lettuce, peas, artichokes, and asparagus.
I wish I could say that I’ve always eaten kale, but I haven’t. For most of my life I had never even heard of it. Then all of a sudden kale was everywhere. I spied it at the market, in magazines and online, it was in salads and soups, sautéed and even made into chips. Kale was demanding to be noticed. There wasn’t much I could do except to try this bitter, leafy green myself.
I’d like to introduce you today to a good friend of mine. Her name is Michelle, and teaching children to eat fresh, healthy, local food is her passion. Founder of the San Francisco-based children’s cooking school “What’s Cooking,” and blogger behind What’s Cooking with Kids, Michelle Stern is committed to providing families with the resources they need to cook and enjoy delicious, local food together. She has recently compiled all of her expertise into her first cookbook called: The Whole Family Cookbook: Celebrate the Goodness of Locally Grown Foods.