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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Kale, Sage, and Balsamic Brown Butter

This dish was inspired solely by the straightforward combination of earthy sweet potato with the natural richness of nuts and root vegetables. I use aged balsamic vinegar to showcase the flavor of that intense, marvelously aged Italian product. The sauce of balsamic and brown butter works really well with this rustic dish.

Winter White Bean Soup with Olives and Kale

The earthy, slightly smoky taste of this soup (thanks to the smoked and fire-roasted tomatoes and Kalamata olives), is unbelievably satisfying on a winter’s day. Serve with a slice of crusty bread and call it a meal.

Kale haters, be warned: It’s in your soup

Last week’s stretch of cold, rainy days put me in a soup-making mood, and after several evenings of dicing and simmering, I noticed a theme emerge. Pretty much every pot of soup I made got topped off with a generous quantity of chopped kale.

Kale and White Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage

This hearty and colorful soup, inspired by a recipe from Epicurious that originally appeared in "Gourmet," makes a terrific cozy main dish for a chilly evening.

Kale and Orzo

Buttery and tender, it's hard to believe this satisfying combination is actually good for you.

Goat Cheese, Radish, and Kale Spread

This easy spread, created by Lisa Rochon, won an honorable mention at Peachtree Road Farmers Market's 2010 "Market Mash-Up" vendor recipe contest. It can be used as a dip, as a simple appetizer or first course served with sliced bread, or as the base for a fabulous sandwich.

Herbed Grits Cakes With Garlicky Greens

It’s spring-cleaning time, and that goes for the cupboard and the garden, too. This week, I’m winding down my winter stockpile of grits from Riverview Farms and harvesting the winter greens from my little garden.

Best Basic Greens

Collards, kale, and other greens take kindly to this gentle treatment, which results in tender, colorful, flavorful vegetables. The measurements are imprecise for a reason; this is more a method than an actual recipe.

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