Spaghetti al Cavolo Nero (Spaghetti with Black Kale)
Though kale is more commonly known as a staple of the California vegan hippy diet, the darker, flat leaf variety is actually a favorite ingredient unique to Tuscan cooking. If used properly, it will transport you to the rolling countryside of Siena, as this recipe does. However, when I make it with good brown rice pasta, I can invite both my discerning Italian friends and my picky health-nut peeps over to the same dinner party. Everybody is happy and feels they rubbed off on me well.