After the fabulous rains this past week, things are just growing like crazy. I took a good look at the kale and found a few harlequin bugs, which I immediately squished. After having an infestation several years ago, I’m determined to hunt them down and destroy them. They look very pretty, but will decimate your vegetables, if not kept in check. Click here, for more info about them. We do not use chemicals to control insects, and I’ve had a little luck with diatomaceous earth and spraying soap. But here’s what I really started to say, after killing the ones I saw, I picked as much kale as possible. I’ve found if I don’t let the greens get so thick, it cuts down the attraction for insects. So, if I don’t need the greens, I pick them and give them away.
The easiest way to prepare greens is to braise them in a liquid of your choice. I had some broth I used with this recipe, but a lot of times I just use water and maybe wine or dry sherry.