Braised Kale and Bacon

I had made wonderful pork loin in the slow cooker and wanted to come with something great to pair with it. Playing off the smoky rich flavor I came up with this one. Kale is a super healthy green and it’s tough texture makes it fun to cook with, not getting soggy like other greens.

1 lb Kale leaves clean, dry and cut in to big pieces
5 pieces of bacon chopped small
1 TBS Honey
1 tsp Chipotle Powder
2 TBS Water
Salt and Pepper to taste

Start by cooking off the bacon in a hit pan. Once pieces are hard, remove and place aside saving a bit of the grease in the pan. Now add kale and water over medium to low heat. Cook kale down for about 3 minutes and then add honey, chipotle, salt and pepper. Cook for an addition 5 min over medium low heat until kale is completely cooked and as soft as you would like. Serve hot.



Winter time persimmons come out and play. They can be found all over the market. The best way to describe them is a cross between sweet potatoes and tomatoes. 


4 Persimmons

2 Tbs Brown Sugar

1 tsp Salt

1 Tbs Balsamic


Slice each persimmon into 8 wedges. Place in a bowl and toss with sugar, salt, balsamic and sugar. Place on a well sprayed baking sheet and roast at 500 degrees for about 15 minutes until they start to brown and caramelize on the outside. Broiling works also just watch carefully.