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a new seasons start: brussels sprout & kale hash with bacon, garlic, & salted almonds

brussels sprout and kale hash with bacon and salted almonds

Happy first day of Spring!

brussels sprout and kale hash with bacon and salted almonds - brussels whole

It’s foggy here in San Fran, and the forecast is calling for rain, but given that my first two weeks here have held nothing but blue skies, it’s actually kind of nice to feel like it’s ok to stay inside and finish up a few things around the house. We’re about nine-tenths of the way unpacked, and I’m vowing to take every little last thing out of it’s box and find it a place.

brussels sprout and kale hash with bacon and salted almonds - halved brussels sprouts

That’s easier said than done, as we moved from a three bedroom house (with a basement!) into a two-bedroom apartment, but nothing irks me more than staring at a cardboard box that lives in a corner filled with odds and ends, that, odds are, we don’t even need. If nothing else a move is a time for trimming and editing, and I’m trying my best to be ruthless when it comes to extraneous household whozie-whatsies that I seem to have a knack for accumulating en masse.

brussels sprout and kale hash with bacon and salted almonds - shredding the kale

(Let the record show that to free up some valuable closet space James did suggest paring back my shoe collection; a breezy proposition that was nipped in the bud with an acerbic sideways stare from yours truly.)

brussels sprout and kale hash with bacon and salted almonds - chopped bacon

brussels sprout and kale hash with bacon and salted almonds - chopped almonds

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turkey sausage ragu with eggplant and kale

Sometimes I have a wee bit of an irrational tendency to purchase certain, um, necessary items on a whim with no idea whatsoever what I’ll do with them.

I’m not talking about pairs of ridiculously impractical but ohmigahdgorge heels, or teeny tiny clutches that I can barely fit my lip gloss in (though I’ll fully admit my restraint is not exactly 100% in that arena either).  I’m talking about food items; random ingredients and gadgets that I have no current use or need for – just yet, that is.

In the last month I have purchased a pouch of aleppo pepper, a tin of fennel pollen, a bag of cinnamon chips, pink Himalayan sea salt crystals, a strawberry huller, a two-pound package of white miso paste, and a rainbowed assortment of organic frosting dye colors (yeah…for all of those colored and frosted cakes I plan on making…!?).  Not exactly the ‘essentials,’ if you will.

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