The most insanely fantastical librarian gave Hawt Mz. Molly a tip on kale chips, which she then passed on to me in lieu of getting emotionally involved in my daily drama. Now all ya'll will benefit from a resourceful woman-to-woman, educator-to-educator network.
Right prior to the kids' spring break, the perfect storm of crazy busy, interpersonal frustration, and a visit from Aunt Flo hit like police brutality. I met my teacher guru in a dim corner of the breezeway where she gave me excellent advice, which was to get as ugly as I needed to get in private, then use that to inform a more calm voice.
Hawt Mz. spied me purging my soul and afterward brought me from the dark into the garden's light with a gift of beets and kale. The produce was about to go to the chickens because it was time to harvest, but our farm stand wouldn't be open until after spring break, or so she claimed. Then she passed on the kale chip recipe.
Washed & dried kale
Oil to cover
Salt to taste
I translated this to 1 Tbs Kosher salt, 1 Tbs oil, kale.
The sheet on the left is straight up. The sheet on the right uses 1 Tbs of apple cider vinegar. The photo doesn't do it justice, but the vinegar kale took on a deeper green.
Here they are, crunchy, over-salted chips. That's right, "salt-to-taste" is way less than 1 Tbs of Kosher salt. FYI, the vinegar chips were mo' betta'. Generally speaking, kale chips taste like paper thin, ultra crisp Veggie Booty.
You could totally replace the salt with Lowery's or BBQ seasoning or popcorn seasoning or powdered cheddar or qual quiere.
The kale chips were a fun diversion from my bad attitude, but keeping me emotionally afloat is a community where people recklessly embrace each other with new ideas, thoughtful advice, and perceptive support.