RECIPE: Kale Chips with Truffle and Rye

05/02/2014 at 04:12 PM ET

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Blaine Weitzel

“These kale chips set the menu off each night as one of the first taste our guests enjoy,” says chef Blaine Wetzel. “They set just the right fresh farmed feeling that we look for here at the Willows Inn.”

Chef Blaine Wetzel
The Willows Inn on Lummi Island
Lummi Island, WA

Kale Chips With Truffle and Rye
Serves 4

2 wide, tender leaves of kale
1 tbsp. canola oil
2 tbsp. butter
1 slice of rye bread
4 tbsp. chicken stock
1 1/2 tbsp. oil
4 tbsp. grapeseed oil
Apple cider vinegar

1. Preheat the oven to 350F.

2. Tear the kale leaves from their stems and drizzle lightly with canola oil.

3. Place the leaves on a baking sheet, and cook for 5 minutes.

4. Rough chop the rye bread then pulse in a food processor to a course crumb. In a medium sauté pan, melt 1 tbsp. of butter, and toast the crumbs until brown and crisp.

5. In a small saucepan, boil the chicken stock until it reduces by about half. Let cool.

6. In a blender, combine the truffle oil, grapeseed oil and chicken stock until it is smooth like mayonnaise. Season to taste with apple cider vinegar and salt.

7. Dot the crispy kale leaves with a small amount of the truffle puree and a dollop of rye crumbs.

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

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