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What do you do on a nice, snowy winter's day? how about making some spicy, crispy kale chips to keep you warm?

What you need:
Kale (I'm using fancy kale here, which I find works best, but any will work)
Olive oil
Cheese (I use grated parmesan or grated blends)
Spices to taste (I use chili powder, cayenne (red) pepper, cumin, paprika, and black pepper)

Large mixing bowl(s)
Baking sheets
Parchment paper
Oven

Step 1: Prepare the Kale

I don't have any pictures of this step but it's pretty straightforward.

Wash your kale under warm running water and shake as much of the water off of them as you can.

Kale leaves have a very tough rib running up the center of them, which we're going to discard. I'm sure there's a use for them, but I've not experimented with that.

Tear the kale leaves into bite-size pieces while removing them from the ribs. If you've purchased pre-cut kale (eg, from Trader Joe's) then all you need to do is wash the kale. Yes, even if the packaging says pre-washed.
The kale I use is lobed, and I find the lobes are generally bite sized, or two-bite sized which is fine.

Put the clean leaves into the mixing bowls... on to step 2.

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