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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sponges

Last week I wrote about my favorite scoring tool and was inspired by your answers to show you my sponge collection.  Lest you think I'm weirder than I actually am let me explain that I received many of these sponges when I purchased the wheel.  I think the only sponges I've purchased recently are the synthetic ones but I do use them all.

Sponge Collection

Most of the time I use the well worn, round synthetic sponge you see here.  Since its old and worn I use to clean and dampen my bat.  My intention is to then grab a nicer sponge to use while throwing but that doesn't always happen.  Habit brings my hand back to the old sponge.  It still works well so why not.  You see I have a Michael Sherrill Mudtools sponge.  I love my Michael Sherrill Mudtools ribs, and I love this sponge.  The shape fits into my hand really well, it distributes water almost as well as a natural sponge but they cost a bit more than the round sponges and when the edge starts to wear it's about done for throwing.  I can't afford to be replacing more expensive sponges very often so I don't.  This is the blue version, they now make an orange sponge but I've not tried that yet.  Have you?

I use the flatter natural sponge and the elephant ear sponge to throw also.  Natural sponges hold and absorb water very well.  They are great for throwing and feel good in the hand.  They also hold up really well.  I love the flat one for detail cleaning in tight spots like handle attachments.  It's a must have.

The larger sponges are used for cleaning the contrasting slip from a pot during the Mishima process.  I use them because they mop off the slip really well.  I assume because of the way natural sponges handle water.

If you've read this entire article you might just be a potter, who else would read four paragraphs about sponges? Hehe.  Whether you're a potter or not you should check out the other potters at Mudcolony.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mudfire Party

Mudfire just had an anniversary, she's 11 years old.  Sounds like a reason to party.  The theme (because these things need a theme) was rock and roll.  People were encouraged to dress up as their favorite rock star.  The costumes were fabulous.

Rock Stars At Mudfire


There were also contests and a raffle.  Here you see a game of musical potter's wheels.  It's played like musical chairs except you have to work on the previous persons pot, and save it if necessary, and keep your drink nearby.  It was lots of fun for everyone.

Musical Pots

We had lots of good food, good drink, good music, good friends, and good fun.  What more could you want in a party?

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Meatless Monday - Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

I love tomatoes so much, they have always been one of my favorite foods.  My grandfather grew them in his garden, they were always very tasty, juicy and delicious.  I ate so many that my family used to tease me saying I was going to become a tomato.   Summer just makes you want to eat tomatoes in just about every way you can.  They are awesome right from the vine, in a salad or even sliced and put out as a side vegetable.  This time of year you can often find the most flavorful and beautiful tomatoes at your local farmer's market if you're not able to grow them yourself.  Look for heirloom, they tend to have the best flavor.

This tart is another easy recipe, perfect for a Monday when you come home tired.  It tastes like summer.

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

Ingredients

1 pie crust (good quality frozen is fine)
1/2 lb. goat cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 tsp. minced fresh herbs, such as thyme and oregano
2 or 3 tomatoes, sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (if you have it)
2 Tbsp. roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup packed baby or wild arugula leaves
1 tsp. olive oil 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Directions
Prepare the flaky pie dough and chill as directed.

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 400°F.

Transfer the pie crust to a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom, and ease into the pan, trimming any excess dough. (Alternatively, roll out the dough into a rectangle and line an 11-by-5 1/2-inch/28-by-14-cm regular tart pan.)  Bake until  the crust is golden brown, 20 - 25 minutes. Let cool.

In a small bowl, beat together the goat cheese and cream until smooth. Stir in the minced herbs. Gently spread the herbed goat cheese over the bottom of the tart shell. Remove the tart shell from the pan and slide onto a flat serving plate. Lay the tomato slices on the tart so that they are slightly overlapping and in an even layer. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, toss together the basil leaves, arugula, olive oil and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper. Top the tart with the arugula mixture and serve.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Scoring Tool

I've been using this little scoring tool from  Amaco for a few months now and I have to tell you how much I love it.
Pottery hand tool
Scoring Tool

Why?  Mostly because it's a huge time saver for me.  The obvious way it saves time is that it makes multiple score marks in one pass.  This not only helps to make better scoring, therefore a better, stronger connection, it also means less time scoring.  This may not seem to add up to much if you're just scoring small areas like mug handle attachments unless you make a lot of mugs.

If you make larger attachments, say you create an oval casserole, it ends up saving a lot of time per piece.

I've started using it for all my scoring because I've been using it in a way that saves even more time.  I load the bristles with slip then spread the slip while I'm making my score marks.  This means the slip is already getting pushed into the scoring and I'm not spending time grabbing a brush, loading it with slip, brushing on the slip then putting down the brush, picking up the scoring tool and making my score marks.  It all happens at the same time.
Ceramics technique by Lori Buff
Slipping and Scoring

It's really cool when a five dollar (or less) tool becomes this useful.

Do you have a favorite time saving tool?

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Things That Go Boom In The Night

Two casseroles blew up in the kiln the other night.  Even though they looked and felt dry to the touch it can only be assumed that a little moisture was lingering in the bottoms.  The pots were 3 weeks old but with all this humidity in my little studio things aren't drying.  They did spend some time sitting outside in the sun (when it's shown itself) sitting on drywall but still they weren't dry enough.  In this weather it would be nice to be able to candle the kiln a bit to help dry out the pots but the power company raises the cost of electricity during the daytime in the summer months so I can only fire the kilns at night.  They do this to help us want to save energy, which I think is very important, but it still makes it difficult to be a potter.

Lidded Casserole pan by Future Relics Gallery
Covered Casserole


My sweet friends at Mudfire said things like, "you're a good thrower, you can make new ones easily."  The thing is I don't find casseroles to be so easy, plus a five quart covered casserole uses a lot of clay.  And time is always a factor since deadlines are always fast approaching.  My friends are right, I will make new ones and I'll most likely do something like run the air conditioning in the studio all night to dry them (even though it's been cool at night).  It's just a bit discouraging.

In other news, it feels like I have a subluxated rib.  I'm putting ice on it, taking anti-inflammatory pain pills, and consuming ginger.  I don't think I'll be making any new casseroles until this feels better.

Have you checked out what the potters on Mudcolony and my blog roll are doing?

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Workshop Thoughts

This year has been a bit crazy with lots of stuff going on, some path changes new focus on applying to gallery shows, etc, etc.  I had already planned to go to Penland School of Crafts in March when I was selected to be a Studio Assistant for Linda and Charlie Riggs (that was such a great class).  Because of that I didn't plan to go back to the mountain this summer except to be a volunteer for the auction.  Then, a few days ago I saw a post on Facebook that they had a few scholarships available.  It's rare that they have any open for clay this late into the summer but I thought I'd check it out anyway.  They did have one for session 6 which is right after the auction.  Yes!  I applied for it right away and was awarded the scholarship.  I'm so happy.

Recently I read the introduction to "The Art of the Future" by Paul Mathieu.  He pissed me off.  I believe that is his intent but it also means that I'm less likely to finish reading his essays (I have more important reading to do right now) so I hope he said everything really important in that introduction.  One of the things I keep thinking about, especially now is:

A rampant symptom of this amateurism within the ceramics community itself, is the bizarre phenomenon of the “workshop” where the making of ceramics is experienced as entertainment, as if it was a cooking show, with recipes, tricks, tools and a “chef”, a “master” who demonstrates how it is done, despite the fact that this experience is not possibly transferable. When the field takes its cultural role seriously, such futile activity will hopefully cease or cease to be at the center of its activities. I am not holding my breath.” Paul Mathieu

As someone that has learned a lot from workshops and have met some really talented artists at workshops I think Mathieu is full of it.  Or maybe nobody will hire him to teach a workshop.  Since he's also professor he has to admit that students can learn pottery from an instructor.  I am here to tell you that I have met some very talented and dedicated instructors at workshops and I have seen the results of attending workshops.  Not just in my own work but in the work of Mudfire members who have carried away some knowledge from a workshop and have used it and practiced and morphed some techniques into their own style.

I've also made some really good friends at workshops and that is valuable to who I am and therefore, my craft.

Penland School of Crafts Meadow and Weave House
Penland Weave House

In his defence Mathieu also states that he takes "polemical positions, on purpose, to challenge you to make your own mind." This type of statement sounds like a cop-out to me but his writing has made me think about these things differently.

What do you think about workshops?

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Meatless Monday - Tomato and Avocado Sandwich

What tastes more like summer than a fresh tomato sandwich?  Many of us in the southeast have been getting so much rain it's taking forever for the tomatoes to ripen but some good ones can still be found.  I picked up a beauty at the local farmer's market and put it on a sandwich.  It makes a great lunch or a really quick, easy and delicious dinner.



This sandwich was made with sliced avocado and some basil leaves (the pickle is homemade too) but I've also had them with mayo or olive oil.  I've added slices of mozzarella cheese and grilled them. Anyway you slice it (pun intended) this is the perfect sandwich for summer.

How do you eat yours?

Why go meatless one day a week?  Not eating meat just one day a week has significant health and environmental benefits.  Check out Meatless Monday for all the details.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Helper

Did you know I had a helper when I'm writing my blog posts? Here's Dori, as she often is when I'm working at the computer. She's even got her own FaceBook page  Whiggle Tales.  She's not really active on Facebook because she spends most of her time snoozing or cuddling but she still is pretty cute.

Dori Creating her Facebook Page

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Check Please

Technology is a wonderful thing when it works.  By works I mean helps us do things quicker, easier, saves money, or somehow improves our lives.  In the past, when I had a booth at an out. Door festival I brought a "knuckle buster" and slips to take people's credit card information.  Later, when the show was done and I was back home on the computer, I'd key in all the details of each credit card.  Invariably something would be wrong on something and the card would be declined.  Usually, it was something as simple as an incorrect email address but it was still awkward to tell someone that their credit card was declined.  It was also time consuming to have call or email them.  And, news flash here, are not quick to pay their bills.  So while they were enjoying their pottery I was waiting.  This was very rare but still never fun.

The work was still not over for me because people also still write checks.  A check is really a nice safe way to get paid, I've never received a bad one (knocking on some wood now) and they are convenient for customers as well.  But I do have to get in the truck, drive to the credit union and make the deposit.  It's a time suck and at over $3.00 per gallon it is not without expense.  

Pottery Booth


Now we have an app for that.  Many people are aware of the credit card reader apps and use them regularly.  I think they are fantastic.  So convenient and easy to use.  Of course I still keep the knuckle buster in the bin with my shopping bags and tools.  Technical things sometimes break.  

I also have an app that lets me take a picture of a check and deposit it right now.  No driving to the credit union, no standing on line.  No charge.  Sweet.

I highly recommend doing this. It seems that each credit union and bank has their own app so you'll want to check with them.  

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Carving Tool

My wiggle wire broke.  It's a tool I use a lot, I guess it just wore out.  No problem, I can easily get a new one from my favorite potter's supply store, Atlanta Clay.   The thing is, I am really pretty frugal and hate to throw away anything that still has a useful life.  No, I don't need to be on an episode of "Hoarders."  If it's trash it's trash, if it's not then put it to good use.

I made a tool.  I like carving into the sides of some of my pots.  The carvings are interesting and the way the glaze breaks and pools around the carved areas adds another layer of interest that I really love.  Another nice feature of a carved pot is that you get a little better grip when holding it.  That's the functional part of that decoration.

I took a cheese slicer and replaced the solid wire with a length of the wiggle wire.  Yes, it would have been nice if the cheese slicer had a broken cutting wire so I was salvaging two broken pieces but that never happens in my world.  I also put a small drop of glue on the rolling piece.  I tried it without gluing that piece and it didn't work well.  I think the soft clay catches on the roller too much.


Wiggle Wire Tool
Now I've got another tool to make fun lines on my pots.

Have you ever made your own tool?

Have you read the blogs in my blogroll and on Mudcolony yet?

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Laughing At Potters

Georgia is normally in a drought so complaining about the rain we've been getting seems a little wrong.  Besides, the rain doesn't care how we feel about it, it's going to fall or not anyway.

So many pottery blogs I read has posts about trying to get the pots to dry this summer and how difficult that has been.  And it truly has been a challenge.  That's a problem when you're trying to meet deadlines.  I have concerns about some of the out door shows I have planned, even though they aren't for another few months.  It's not just making sure I have inventory it's also concern about standing in the tent in the rain wishing I had a few customers.

Wet Ware Covered Jar by Lori Buff
Awaiting Trimming

The thing is, most days the sun comes out for a few hours.  If I plan well, and keep an eye on the clouds, I can use the free drying service outside.  I have also stopped worrying about getting back to my wetware right away.  I just cover it in plastic and it's still totally damp, sometimes too damp, when I come back a few days later.  So, yeah, I'm spending more time throwing then decorating but they will all eventually dry and get into the kilns.  I just have to be patient.

I suspect any potters in Oregon and Washington State are laughing at us right now.  This is a way of life for them.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Meatless Monday - Asparagus and Leek Spring Stew

Okay, so it's summer not spring. Maybe this one should be bookmarked for later or maybe the asparagus and leeks are still nice and fresh where you are.  The cooler weather here in Georgia means I was able to get these ingredients pretty fresh so this was a delicious meal.  If you don't add the cheese it's vegan.  If you use rice or quinoa instead of toast it can be gluten free (check the quinoa package, not all are gluten free).

Asparagus and Leek Spring Stew
Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds of asparagus, the thiner and fresher the better, washed very well
5 tsp olive oil
2 spring leeks, thinly sliced white part
2 - 3 cloves of garlic, crushed of thinly sliced
1 cup water
kosher salt and ground pepper
2 -3 cups baby spinach
fresh lemon juice
2 - 4 slices of crusty bread
Fontina cheese, thinly sliced

Directions:

Heat one tablespoon of  olive oil in a heavy skillet (medium sized).  Add leeks and garlic, cook for a minute or two stirring well to coat.  Add half the water then cook for about 3 minutes over medium - low heat.  Add the asparagus, salt and the remaining water.  Simmer for about 8 minutes or until the asparagus is tender.  If the water starts to boil away that's fine, just add extra if it becomes less than about a half cup.

Add the spinach and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Turn up the heat just a little and cook until the spinach is wilted (this only takes a couple minutes).  Season with salt and pepper (if it needs more salt) and lemon juice.

Toast the bread, then cover with thin slices of cheese.  Arrange the slices on the plate then cover with the vegetables and juices.  Serve with a nice white wine.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Quiet and Shy

Isn't the internet a weird and wonderful place?  I'm nearly 50 years old so I remember the days when you had to go the library or the phone book or some place like that to get information.  As much as I still love libraries and think they are useful and wonderful places I'm really glad I don't have to deal with phone books any more.  Thanks to the internet I can even check out a book from my library from my computer, and read it here or on some device.

The other thing I love is that now it's really easy to keep in touch with my friends.  It's much easier to make plans with a group of people if we communicate via email.  I can see pictures of my brother's vacation while he's still traveling and I can invite people to come to an event with me.  It makes some aspects of maintaining friendships easier.

Covered Maple Leaf Jar by Lori Buff
Lidded Maple Leaf Jar


It also is a way to make new friends as I have done via this blog.   I now know some terrific people that I would never have known if they didn't write comments and if I didn't write comments on their blogs.   Now we check in with each other several times a week via comments, email, and phone calls.  But I know other people are reading this blog also.  Sometimes you even tell me that you've read my blog regularly but I didn't know because you haven't left comments.  I get it, the internet is also less than private and can even be scary.  Sometimes you just don't have anything to say or someone else has already expressed an opinion or idea that is similar to yours.  That's okay, I understand, but I also want to communicate with you.  I want to write a blog that you want to read and even share with others.  So I'm asking you now, what would you like me to write to you about?  I'd love to read your answers in comments or in email (FutureRelicsGallery at gmail dot com) or you can find me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  You could even just say "hi" and introduce yourself, that would be terrific.  Thanks!

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

It's a Part of Me

Most, if not all artists put much of themselves into their art.  I'm no different, each pot I make is a part of me.  Some parts of me are very complex like a teapot, some are are simple like a soap holder.  Simple does not mean lesser.  Probably the soap holder will get used everyday while the tea pot sits on a shelf waiting it's turn for that special occasion when it can be used.

I think that's part of the joy of selling my work.  When someone sees a piece that they like and what to make it a part of their life that's an acceptance.  It's almost like someone saying they want to be my friend.  And yes, many customers become friends.  It's really a happy thing.

Teapot with Mishima Flower and Robin by Lori Buff
Dogwood Teapot


Some people see my pots and try to give me less money for them.  I don't think that the pieces are overpriced, or that I've put less into them.  I think people are conditioned towards the sale item.  They are used to the large grocery and department stores who mark things up so they can mark them down.  I've been told that people feel happier when they find a sale so I should make that possible for my customers.  But the vast majority don't haggle about the price.  They understand, appreciate the quality and buy the piece.  Some then tell me that I don't charge enough!  Go figure.

Determining the price of our work will always be an issue for potters and probably for all artists.  We can figure out a formula for time and materials but how do we figure out the cost of that little piece of ourselves.

Speaking of other artist check out the interesting artists at mudcolony and in my blogroll.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New Website Design

How was your July fourth weekend?  I hope you had fun with family and/or friends.  You may have noticed that I didn't write any blog posts, I wasn't because I was away from the computer.  I was here creating a new website.  Fun, I know.

About a week ago I noticed that my previous version stopped working correctly and nothing I did fixed it.  I believe a browser update might have been the problem but I won't bore you with the details.  The bottom line is that the new site is up and running.  It has a few spots I want to tweak and I'll get to them soon.  It's just like potter to continue to want to fiddle with a thing we've made.

I really hope the site is as user friendly as possible.  I've been to other websites that are not and where it may not be the fault of whoever owns the site (unless they build websites for a living) it does tend to make the viewer a little frustrated.  Since this site might be seen by people who are considering buying my pottery or putting it in their show or gallery I really want it to be easy to use.

Future Relics Pottery webpage by Lori Buff
New Website


So if you have a few minutes and can pop over to www.FutureRelicsGallery.com and let me know what you think I'd appreciate it.  That way I can do all my tweaking at once.  I do know already that it doesn't look great on an iPad, that's one of the biggest things I need to change.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Meatless Monday - Tricolor Couscous Salad

Couscous is pretty awesome.  I have a friend that calls it baby pasta because it's so small and cute.  You cook it similar to the way you cook rice so that's pretty easy.  I found this tri-colored couscous at my local farmer's market so I thought I'd try it for this recipe.  If you can't find tri-colored just use whatever you've got.  I'm sure it'll be delicious, just a little less festive looking.  Most colored pasta gets it's coloring from things like beet juice and spinach but I've never noticed much difference in flavor.

This is a filling salad because of the couscous.  It would make a great dinner or lunch in a smaller portion (make enough for leftovers).  It can be made ahead of time, which is something I like if we're expecting company, but I wouldn't make it more than a day ahead and don't put in the herbs until just a little before serving.  Of course it's also really quick and easy to make so it's no hassle on a week night or for company.  I think the next time I make this I'll try adding some pine nuts.

Tricolor Couscous Tabbouleh

Ingredients 


  • 1 1/2 cups tri-color couscous
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • juice from 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 1 cucumber, finely chopped
  • 3 cups diced fresh tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper


  • Cook couscous according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water to prevent sticking then  drain well. Whisk shallot, oil, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice in a large bowl. Add couscous, cucumber, tomatoes, parsley, mint and feta.  Season with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice, to taste, toss to combine.

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    Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    Put a Handle On It

    Mugs are considered one of the most intimate piece of pottery you can use.  We contact it with our hands, our lips, and our favorite beverage.  That may sound silly (and it was intended to) but if you've ever had a cup of coffee from one of those heavy, thick walled, ugly, diner mugs you know how something that should be pleasant can be ruined by a poorly made vessel.  The coffee dribbles down the side of the mug as you sip until it drips in your lap.  The handles don't feel comfortable either.  They are too clunky and not curved correctly for my hand.

    I'm not trying to bash diner coffee mugs, they are built the way they are to be durable, I get this.  The point I'm trying to make is that we can enjoy our coffee, tea, soda, beer, whatever better when it's made by someone who is thinking about the experience of enjoying the beverage.  That's why we love our handcrafted mugs.

    Many potters love the act of creating the piece.  We love to throw or hand build a pot so that it's really nice.  So it feels good, looks good and functions well.  Some potters I know hate to glaze because they are so much more interested in the form.  This focus on form, on making pots that are light, rims that are the perfect thinness, and handles that feel good to hold.

    Mug Handles by Lori Buff
    Handles Awaiting Attachment

    When I make mugs I always pull some extra handles.  It may seem wasteful but I like to have more handles than I need so I can match up the handle to the mug (I do the same with pitchers).  Some potters make a handle that they like and will duplicate it as much as possible for each mug.  I think that's fine; it adds a consistency that many people like.  My handles tend to vary a lot because people's hands vary a lot and so do the shapes of my mugs.  My main hope is that someone will look at the mugs I make and find one that they want to own or gift to someone they care about.

    Coffee Cup with Horse by Future Relics Pottery
    Horse Mug on Etsy


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    Monday, July 1, 2013

    Meatless Monday - Kale and Pasta Salad

    Kale is a pretty awesome green, leafy veggie.  It's really good for you.  I've read that it has a good amount of potassium, vitamin A, and Vitamin C.  I've also read that it had cholesterol lowering properties. I'm a potter not a nutritionist so I just know that it tastes great, and can be used in a wide variety of different ways.

    This salad is totally a meal but also makes a great side dish, and as usual, it's really easy to make.  I think it only took me about 20 - 30 minutes.  It's also one of those dishes that you can serve immediately after preparing or make ahead and serve the next day. That's really handy if you're making it for company or cooking ahead on Sunday.  Needless to say the leftovers (if you have any) are great for the next day's lunch.


    Recipe for Pasta salad with kale
    Kale and Pasta Salad

    Ingredients:
    • 3 cups whole wheat pasta
    • 1 medium bunch kale 1/4 cup
    • 1 tablespoon olive
    • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 1/4 cup fresh basil
    • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
    • kosher or sea salt, to taste
    • red pepper flakes, to taste
    Directions:
    1. Cook pasta to according to package directions. Drain, rinse under cold water to cool.

    2. Trim away tough ends and stem of the kale, then chop remaining leaves into small pieces. In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add kale, cook and stir for 3 minutes, or until wilted and tender.

    3. In a bowl, combine oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper; evenly mix. Add the pasta and kale, gently toss.

    Try substituting premium soy sauce for the vinegar and omitting the salt.  Add slivered almonds for more color, flavor and texture.

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