A COUPLE OF weeks ago, I received a handwritten letter (a wonderful and rare occurrence these days) from a reader who was requesting a recipe for kale soup that had been published a while back.
She said she had misplaced it, or more likely someone had “borrowed it.”
Around my house, kale goes well in almost any recipe, winter, spring, summer or fall.
But I didn’t remember a recipe for a kale soup per se.
Looked back at files
After receiving the letter, I went back to my files from years past, all the way back to 2012 in fact.
It is hard to believe I have been writing recipes for the Peninsula Kitchen for going on six years now, and believe it or not, I have never published a kale soup recipe.
Even though I often refer to myself as a Kale Evangelist, I couldn’t take credit for this wonderful soup described in the letter.
The next obvious place to look was with Carrie Sanford, my recipe partner who had been writing for the Peninsula Kitchen on alternating Sundays for several years.
Sure enough, Carrie — who kept impeccable records — had the sought-after recipe.
You might have noticed, Carrie has recently turned in her spatula for other pursuits, and I for one will miss her rock-solid wit and recipes.
In her place, please welcome Emily Hanson, the intrepid Health Rebel, writing under the column title “The Cooking Hobbyist.”
A delicious soup
I have made Carrie’s soup twice since discovering it, and like the letter writer suggested, it is delicious.
Feel free to replace some of the kale with other spring greens.
Nettle leaf are in full season right now and add a really nice flavor.
And if you have a recipe you’d like to see, please write me a letter.
Betsy Wharton is the proprietor of the Clallam Canning Co., a local purveyor of artisan pickles and other farm to jar goods. You can find her and her products at the Sprouting Hope Greenhouse at 826 E. First St. in Port Angeles. Or contact her at [email protected] canningcompany.com.