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Megan-simple kale salad (with bonus scavenger cocktail action)

It seems my friends make EVERYTHING with kale — salads, risottos, pastas, and even drinks. I go to my buddy Jessica's house once a week so that she can make sure I'm eating at least one meal that's not microwavable, and this time I stopped drinking wine long enough to document her incredible kale salad recipe. (Not only that, but we got a little creative and made a cocktail out of the leftover kale stocks.)

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Megan-simple hearty winter recipe: Hoppin' John!

Hoppin' John is a traditional southern dish that is usually eaten on New Years' Day, because it's thought to bring good luck. It's not much harder than dropping some stuff in a pan and letting it cook down, so (*cough* Megan): TRY IT. I think you'll be surprised!

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How to dry chillies for decor and deliciousness

When winter arrived, we harvested our chillies before the frost could get to them and found ourselves facing Mt Chillington. Since we use dried chilli in pretty much all of our Indian dishes, drying and saving them was the most obvious answer for us, and there was a certain appeal in hanging bundles of homegrown produce from the ceiling too. Here is my entirely unsanctioned, over complicated, make-it-up-as-you-go-along guide to stringing, hanging and drying chillies.