Gina's Zesty Chard

Adapted from California Home Cooking by Michele Anna Jordan (Harvard Common Press, 1997).
Serves 4 to 6.
  • 2 bunches (about 2 pounds) of Swiss chard, washed but not dried, tough stems removed
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  1. Cut the wet chard leaves crosswise into ½-inch slices. Pour the olive oil into a wok or large sauté pan. Sauté the garlic over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the chard, toss quickly, cover the pan, and cook until the chard is wilted, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the lemon zest, salt, and red pepper, and toss quickly. Remove from the heat, transfer to a serving dish, and serve immediately.


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"Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. Man may be civilized in some degree without great progress in manufactures and with little commerce with his distant neighbors. But without the cultivation of the earth, he is, in all countries, a savage. Until he gives up the chase and fixes himself in some place, and seeks a living from the earth, he is a roaming barbarian. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization."
~Daniel Webster
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