Hi ~ I'm Nancy, a natural foods chef, MD, and culinary teacher serving up health-supportive, feel-good foods that nourish body and soul. I live in New York City, where I spend as much time as possible exploring local farmers' markets, experimenting in my kitchen, and savoring the fruits of my labors.

On occasion I envision a future that involves living in the Hudson Valley (also insert here, depending on the day: mountains of Colorado, coastal Maine, northern California...) with goats and rescue mutts, growing a side braid as thick as a horse's tail, and studying wild-crafting and herbalism (who doesn't nowadays?). But I digress.

This blog (originally named the smart palate) was born in early 2009 while I was attending culinary school at the Natural Gourmet Institute, as a medium to share my experiences in school, my home kitchen, and during an internship in traditional culinary techniques at Three Stone Hearth, a community-supported kitchen in Berkeley, California.

My foodstyle is rooted in my Mediterranean heritage and also draws inspiration from studies of traditional foodways, Ayurveda, and macrobiotics. My cooking is guided by what's in season and available at our local farmers' markets, with some decidedly un-local things like avocados and lemons thrown in, too. As you probably anticipated from the name of this blog, I am mildly obsessed with kale (and all things tall, dark, and leafy), and cardamom is my favorite spice. My kitchen's other frequent fliers include sea vegetablesbeetsmisobeansalmond butter, and coconut milk.

When I'm not experimenting in my kitchen or writing new recipes for the blog, I work as a personal chef and cooking instructor in NYC and cook for wellness retreats in the Hudson Valley.

For more recipes, photos, and cooking tips, hop on over to Kale and Cardamom on Facebook and connect with me (@kalecardamom) on Twitter and Instagram. If you have any questions, write to me at kalecardamom[at]gmail[dot]com, or leave a comment on the corresponding post.

Happy cooking!

The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.   -Thomas Edison

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