Boilermaker CLOSED and Crispy Kale Chips

by Joanne on May 17, 2011

I couldn’t talk Ted or Teddy into running the Boilermaker.  As it turns out, I won’t be alone.  Pam and Heman are  signed up and ready to run.  They will be visiting from sunny Florida that July 10th weekend and the three of us are running the 15K Utica Classic Boilermaker.

The race was capped at 13,000 this year and hit the cut off Saturday morning.  As soon as we read in the Saturday morning paper that there were just over 100 entries available, we knew it would close that day.  It’s such a fun race. It’s organized very well. The crowd support is outrageous.  The after party can’t be matched by any race.

July in Utica could be hot and humid or it might rain.  It might be in the low 60’s at the start of the race or it could be 80 degrees at 8 am. I’m not a warm weather runner. The heat is so draining and it feels as if I’m running with weights on my shoulders.  Give me 30 to 40 degrees any day. What ever the weather brings, I’ll be standing at the starting line, more nervous than any marathon, half marathon or 10K I’ve run before.  Not sure why I get so nervous for this particular race?

Do you get more nervous running a race out of town or in your own home town?

Crispy Kale Chips

A snack. A side dish. Fun to eat.  Ted said “They’re kind of like cotton candy. Just disappear in your mouth”.


But they’re better for you, rich in phytonutrients to detoxify and fight skin damage.  Eat them like potato chips!


1 Bunch serves about 2 to 4 people.

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Wash kale and pull the leaves from the tough stems. Dry completely with clean paper towel.

Place the kale in a single layer on a baking sheet large enough so you will be able to stir it.

Drizzle on the oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake for 10 minutes. Stir. Spread out again. Bake another 8 to 10 minutes until crisp but not burned.


So easy and no mess.


Wouldn’t you rather eat a whole huge bowl of home made crispy, slightly salty kale chips than fatty, over salted potato chips that were made in a factory?

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  • At 2011.05.17 07:04, McKayla @ Green Groats said:

    I know what you mean about being most nervous for races in your town! I’ve been running the beach to beacon 10k in my town for about the past 10 years, and it’s definitely the race I get most nervous/excited about.

    I want to run the boilermaker someday. Seems like a great race! I go to Hamilton in Clinton, so I’m familar with the area 😉

    LOVE kale chips!

    • At 2011.05.17 08:19, Joanne said:

      I got into the Beach to Beacon last year but missed the start of the race. I was SO bummed out.
      You’ll love the Boilermaker. Too bad you missed the entry deadline this year.

      • At 2011.05.17 07:57, Heather said:

        I’m ALWAYS more nervous for races in my hometown. I think it’s because I know so many people!

        • At 2011.05.17 08:19, Joanne said:


          • At 2011.05.17 22:21, Bela said:

            I am nervous before every race. I am hoping that will go away eventually! Kale chips, I keep hearing about them and have seen them at the store but have yet to try them!

            • At 2011.05.17 23:47, The Green Girl said:

              Thank you so much for posting this. I just picked up a bunch of kale at the grocery store today and this looks tasty!

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