Best New Hostess Gift — Kale Bouquet!

by Dorothy Reinhold on September 21, 2011

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A dinner party last weekend required a hostess gift.

Earlier that day, I had spent some time weeding my vegetable garden, and was marveling at the verdant lacinato kale plants — all four of them! — that are going great guns.

Light bulb moment…what about a bouquet of fresh kale for my friend who was having us over for dinner? She loves to cook, and is on a mission to serve her family healthy foods.  I gathered some greens and tied them up with a ribbon.

It was a success! She was delighted with it, and a day later, sent this e-mail:

“Sautéed your Kale with Olive oil, Kosher Salt, Currants and Pine Nuts. It is all gone… Yum yum!”

Kale in the gardenKale up closeKale leaf

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristina Vanni December 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

Adorable! I love it 🙂


Carol Penn-Romine December 2, 2011 at 11:06 am

This is a cool cooool COOL! idea, Dorothy! I’m definitely doing this, and tucking some freshly-picked herbs into the bouquet as well.


Dorothy December 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Oh yes, great idea to put in some herbs! Reminder to self: plant enough to give some away!


Heather @ Better With Veggies September 22, 2011 at 9:52 am

We tried Kale this year (planted in the Spring) and didn’t have much success. We’re about to plant another batch here in Georgia, I would LOVE to have so much I could give it away!


Dorothy September 22, 2011 at 9:58 am

I planted mine in spring, and by mid-summer it was great. Still going well in fall. We shall see how long each plant produces. You know the trick of pulling off the lower/outer leaves, right, and letting it continue to grow from the center? It becomes a sort of tall-ish kale “tree.” !!!


Michelle September 22, 2011 at 8:31 am

Stopping by from Turning the Table Thursday
Clever! Beautiful and functional.


Dorothy September 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

Thank you, Michelle! The recipient was actually thrilled to receive it! I held my breath…you never know with gifts from the garden. 🙂


Geez Louise September 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm

What a lovely idea, your going to have everyone eating their greens! Hope you are well ~ happy fall.



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