a spring thing: kale and ricotta galette + looking for some mid-west travel tips

kale & ricotta galette

I’ve been in a cooking mood lately and also a having friends over for dinner mood. Yes, those are 2 very distinct moods. For quite a while now, I haven’t been having people over for dinner because I found it stressful – the socializing and all the prep, planning and cooking. So when the two worlds collided, it made everything go very smoothly. It helps to have a recipe that’s an easy go-to for a special meal and I think this kale and ricotta galette fits the bill.

kale & ricotta galette

The galette is a great dinner party or casual meal dish because it seems fancier than it really is. The crust which can set hearts racing comes together easily – just don’t dump all the water into the dough….read the directions carefully a couple times before starting. Planning is key. The pie crust has a bit of whole wheat flour which adds a better texture and gives this dish a more rustic feeling. And the word rustic is key. There’s no fiddly top crusts or worrying about pie dough shrinkage or ripped crusts because everything can be patched up and look amazing. Trust the galette.

I made the galette crust earlier in the day and let it sit in the fridge for a bit. I made the filling while the dough chilled and then rolled out the crust. Before popping it into the oven, just brush the crust with milk to give it a nice golden hue. You could use an egg for a shiny finish, but I just didn’t have a leftover egg hanging about. Light and enjoyable for a perfect spring supper. Serve this with a good garlicky green salad or a crunchy fattoush salad like I did (recipe coming soon) and a bottle of red wine and you’ve got the perfect meal to share with family or friends.

kale & ricotta galette

Before you go make the galette, I’m looking for travel tips for this coming April to the Lake Erie area. More specifically, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit! There might be time for lunch in Buffalo, NY too. I’ll be visiting family in London, Ontario but we’ll also have a car and plan on checking out rust belt cities that I’ve never explored before. I’ve spent an afternoon in Detroit but I’m hoping to spend a night or two in each of these cities, so I’m looking for help on cool neighbourhoods, great casual places to eat and drink craft beer, hikes, scenic drives and anything interesting. I’m betting on some great Italian and eastern european food (Polish food, bring it!). So far I’ve bookmarked the Jeni’s Ice Cream scoop shop in Chagrin Falls, OH but I’m looking for more ideas. My priorities don’t always revolve around ice cream, just so you know. You’ve always pointed out the best travel tips in the past so I’m hoping for more of the same. I’d love to hear what you’ve got!

kale & ricotta galette

10 comments to “a spring thing: kale and ricotta galette + looking for some mid-west travel tips”

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    Lydia   March 27, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    What a fun trip! You probably saw the Detroit post on Lottie and Doof, that had good suggestions. Look at Michael Ruhlman’s blog for Cleveland suggestions. He just wrote about the coolest grocery store that just opened there.
    Oh man, I would totally hit up Jeni’s! I was so excited the first time I saw a pint in a store.

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    Joanne M   March 27, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I love to hear that you are back to doing things you enjoy like cooking and entertaining friends. I also like the sound of your yummy rustic savoury pie. Wish I could partake in making this. I’m still unable to eat anything with dairy and wheat. Bummer. I kind of got my hopes up that you’d also be popping into TO but I guess you have other plans on your agenda. Totally fun sounding plans that is. I took a peak at Jeni’s ice cream website and I’m drooling just a bit. Ok, a lot!! Wish I could share some travel tips but I’ve never been to that part of the US so I’ll leave it to the pros. I did find this link however… a recipe for Jeni’s buttermint ice cream 🙂 http://www.thekitchn.com/savannah-buttermint-ice-cream-150303

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    kickpleat   March 27, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Lydia, I’ve just booked Lottie & Doof’s post – I knew I had seen a post about Detroit recently and I just couldn’t remember from where. Thanks!! Good tip about Ruhlman too. Yay!

    Joanne, I’ve made that buttermint ice cream and it’s amazing (here’s my take: http://everybodylikessandwiches.com/2012/02/seven-more-years-savannah-buttermint-ice-cream/) & I MIGHT be heading to Toronto….if I do, I’ll keep you posted and we can finally meet up!

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    Joanne M   March 28, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Now that you mention it, I do remember your buttermint ice cream post. Looks like a great recipe! Wish I could have some now. Yay! Fingers crossed you can make it TO!!!

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    Abi   March 30, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Two restaurant recommendations for the Chicago area – http://www.bakermillerchicago.com/ is a fab stone-milled bakery tucked away in Lincoln Square area, and this is a cool place in Rogers Park: http://sauceandbread.com/

    My other Chicago recommendation would be to spend lots of time walking along the lake front … : ) Lakefront Trail is so gorgeous and great. And the art institute in Chicago is huge and the best! I’ll let you know if I think of anything else.

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    Abi   March 30, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Oh no! Just saw that you are not actually coming to the Chicago area. Ha! But I have Buffalo ideas too, so I really hope you get to stop for lunch there!
    This is my favorite Buffalo bakery/toast cafe: http://www.fivepointsbakery.com/
    If you like Thai food this is the best: http://www.suncuisines.com/
    Or Amy’s Place is a great lunch stop – Lebanese/American food mashup: http://amysplacebuffalo.com/

    Also, if you haven’t watched it already, watch this video about Buffalo: http://www.bestdesignedcity.com/

    It’s one of my favorite cities ever, so I hope you get to stop in.

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    Nicole   April 1, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I’ve never made a savory galette and I definitely have to change that! This one looks fantastic! I just read L+D’s Detroit post and I’m super impressed. He visited some of the very best spots, so yes, do all of that 🙂

    El Dorado General Store – dreamy vintage store
    Johnny Noodle King – ramen
    Le Petit Zinc – French breakfast/brunch spot, get crepes and rosewater latte
    Brooklyn Street Local – cute breakfast spot owned by Canadian expats
    Mudgie’s – great sandwiches
    Motor City Brewing – they make a good pizza and Ghettoblaster is the favorite beer
    Detroit Batch Brewing – Brand new!
    Nora – Scandinavian/Japanese modern home goods
    Hugh – midcentury vintage and new stuff
    Nest/City Bird – Nest has homegoods and City Bird has art/gifts from local artists
    Lots of great coffee places:
    Astro Coffee
    Anthology Coffee
    Cafe Con Leche
    Great Lakes Coffee

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    Nicole   April 2, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Ooooh, also Hopcat just opened, a tap room with tons of Michigan beer and I’ve heard Peoples Record Store is great.

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    sp   April 3, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Welcome to Pittsburgh! Wild Card in Lawrenceville sells handmade goods — your cards would be right at home there. It’s right by a new repertory theater, Row House Cinema, and a block or two away from Kickback, which is a pinball-themed coffeeshop with 10 or so machines you can play. Further down Butler Street is a French bakery, La Gourmandine, and just past that is Allegheny Cemetery, my favorite place for a walk. Also in Lawrenceville, the cider at Arsenal Cider House on 39th Street is nice, and I’ve heard they have outdoor seating now. My friend raves about Constellation Coffee nearby on Penn Avenue, but I haven’t been there yet.

    Other spots elsewhere in Pittsburgh:
    Copacetic Comics/Mind Cure Records/Lilli Coffee in Polish Hill (they’re all in one building)
    Andy Warhol Museum, Mattress Factory, Aviary in the Northside
    The Carnegie Museums in Oakland
    E2 (“e squared”) for brunch in Highland Park
    Enjoy your visit!

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    kickpleat   April 3, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Abi, I love Chicago and hope to go back on another trip – next time! But thanks for the Buffalo recommendations!! And I’ll most def watch the documentary, thanks!

    Thanks Nicole for all the amazing Detroit recs!! It looks like there’s so many interesting places opening up! Thank you 🙂

    SP, thanks for the Pittsburgh recs! We just booked an airbnb on the north side near the Mattress Factory so I’m pretty excited. I’ve bookmarked a ton of places in Lawrenceville and I’ll have to check out that card store. We’ll be doing a lot of walking and I guess taking transit and I can’t wait. Thanks for all of this!!

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