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Kale with Golden Raisins and Onions 

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This recipe for Kale with Golden Raisins and Onions from Nigel Slater's Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch has Sicily written all over it. Combining raisins and capers into all sorts of savory dishes is commonplace on the island. It's a wonderful sweet-salty combo that make it's way up from North Africa into Southern Italian cooking.

Slater incorporates a few other sweet-sour elements into this kale dish. He caramelizes onions and mixes them with orange juice, white wine vinegar, capers, and raisins to make a dressing for quick steamed kale. It works beautifully as a hot side, full of big, unexpected flavors, but you could also tweak this into a cold kale salad, dressing the leaves with orange juice, olive oil, and vinegar and tossing them with raisins, capers, and fried onions or shallots.

Reprinted with permission from Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch by Nigel Slater. Copyright © 2009, 2010. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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