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October 8, 2020

Slow-Cooked Kale is the Perfect Fall Recipe

The fifth episode of Biblio Bistro highlights slow-cooked kale, which is a delicious recipe using ingredients mostly available at the Copper Country’s amazing farmers markets. The kale and several other items were purchased at the Downtown Houghton Farmers Market

About Slow-Cooked Kale

Slow cooking the kale creates a milder and less bitter taste and a softer texture. The rosemary and onion add flavors reminiscent of pot roast or stew. This recipe is a great starting place to try kale in a new and exciting way!

In total this recipe was only $7.41 to prepare. That adds up to $2.47 per serving. 

Healthy Eating Tips from Dietitian Meghan

  • Rosemary - Has memory protective properties (dementia, general memory loss associated with aging).
  • Kale - Good Source of Vitamin C and K. It's also a cruciferous vegetable, which has been shown to have cancer protective effects (colon cancer in particular).

Cooking Tips from Chef Michael

  • Taking the stem off the kale will help make it more delicious as the stem is tough. You can fold it half and make it just one cut.
  • Blanching is something that helps vegetables preserve the color and keeps them more crisp. 
  • You can take the sprigs off the rosemary and eat those to add more flavor, but do not eat the rosemary stock. 

Farmers Markets in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula

Screen Shot 2020-08-31 at 6.45.24 PMFrom Calumet to L’Anse to Bruce Crossing there are great farmers markets all over Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Our friends at the Western U.P. Food Systems Collaborative have put together a great resource on this that gets updated regularly. Check out a full list of farmers markets here,

About Biblio Bistro

Biblio Bistory at Portage Lake District LibraryThe Biblio Bistro series strives to show that healthy cooking doesn’t have to be boring or laborious. Our goal is that by watching this series, participants can feel more confident and curious in the kitchen, all the while increasing fruit and veggie intake and supporting the local food system! Learn more about Biblio Bistro at

About Portage Health Foundation’s Food Initiative

PHF Food Initiative Logo Vert CMYKPortage Health Foundation is passionate about making a difference when it comes to food in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties. PHF’s Food Initiative is two-fold. First, the food initiative aims to improve access to locally grown and healthful foods within our community. Second, it provides educational resources and tools to promote sustainable changes to eating and lifestyle habits for all. Learn more about this initiative at