2. In a large skillet or wok, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over high heat. Add half of the garlic and stir for 1 minute. Add half of the kale and stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes, until it turns bright green. Transfer to a large bowl and repeat with the rest of the oil, garlic, and kale. Taste the kale; if it doesn't seem tender enough, replace all the kale in the skillet, add 3 to 4 tablespoons water, cover, and steam for a few minutes. (The kale can be prepared ahead and reheated right before serving.)
Tell an Italian that you are going to create hams in Iowa equal to the famous prosciutto di Parma and they might fall to the floor laughing. But after moving to Iowa from Italy, that's what Herb Eckhouse and his wife, Kathy, did with their La Quercia hams. And they did it very well, defying skeptics.