Breakfast With Lemuel Chenoweth

by haikuhouse

 I want to share a seriously good kale & mini-bell pepper recipe with you this morning…Also, a book that I rescued out of the dumpster on a job-site. (One of just a few books that I will tell you about soon!)

It’s called ‘The Great Bridge Building Contest’ & it’s about the West Virginian carpenter Lemuel Chenowith.

But first, breakfast:

Lemon & Parmesan Kale with Mini Roasted Bell Peppers
Oven temp: 450

2-3 stalks of kale

4 mini sweet multi-colored bell peppers, cut into strips

McCormicks Lemon & Pepper seasoning

Parmesan Cheese (I used the kind you shake from a jar)

Garlic Salt 

Olive Oil

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees & cut up your mini bell peppers.

Place them on a baking sheet with foil & drizzle olive oil with a pinch or two of garlic salt. Make sure the peppers are evenly coated. 

 Bake for about 25 minutes…They should look like the picture above & be a little browned up. 

Put the peppers aside & use the baking sheet with the same foil again for the kale.

Wash & dry the kale. Tear off the leaves from the stalk into bite size pieces. Spread as evenly as possible over the baking sheet. (I learned from Vivian Howard on A Chef’s Life not to let veggies overlap too much in the oven!) 

 Drizzle olive oil over the kale then shake on some lemon-pepper seasoning & parmesan.

Bake the kale for about 8 minutes…Any longer & it wil turn into kale chips. You don’t want that, however there will probably be a few crunchy pieces & that’s not a bad thing at all. 

 The only thing missing from this kale & bell pepper breakfast bowl is a thick, toasted slice of that amazing spelt bread I made not to long ago!

So just put the kale in a bowl & put the peppers on top. Simple. Healthy. REALLY good. 

 I ate my breakfast outside & finally got a chance to look through the books we found…So funny how these books tie in with my life but that’s a whole different conversation. Maybe over some dinner...?

It’s about a bridge building contest & although the architects bridge designs were grand…Lemuel, who wasn’t so educated, built a model he could prove would stand the test of time.  


“Suddenly, using the ring of he chair, he stepped onto the top of the model, and walked across it- from one end to the other. A gasp went through the audience. No way could it hold! Each one of them knew their mathematics. Had this been the actual bridge it would have been as if a six-hundred-foot man stood on it.
But the model held.”

   This book is really cool & the illustrations are cute. I love how the picture above shows the men building the bridge on wooden planks.

If you believe you might have a budding little engineer or architect on your hands, I recommend this book for him or her…

The last three pages show illustrations of all Lemuel’s covered bridges & one of them is in Missouri (where my grandmother was from)! 

    Hope as an adult you were able to enjoy this children’s book with me & if you have kids, I beg you to share it with them too.

Enjoy the recipe…I know you will!