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My CSA box last week¬†contained a wide variety of greens: spinach, bordeaux spinach, herbs, kale and collard greens. Collards, a member of the cabbage family and intensely popular in the south, are not a vegetable I’d knowingly encountered before. Apparently Iowa is not suited for growing collards, even though they are a cold tolerant veggie. (Twenty below is unlikely to suit any vegetable…)

The first step in solving a problem is admitting that you have one. I was totally ignorant on how to cook collard greens. I was a bit scared and not sure if I’d like them. All the recipes I was locating on the net were calling for cooking the collards with ham or bacon. Since I wasn’t willing to do this, I asked my culinary lifeline…MOM! Even though she’s not a southerner (unless southern California counts) Mom was able to tell me that you can cook collards just like spinach.

Collard greens with parmesan and walnuts

Collard greens with parmesan and walnuts

Empowered, I washed and cut the shload of collard greens I received. I recently cooked up some swiss chard, so I decided to do the collards a similar way. I sauteed onion and garlic in a mixture of butter and olive oil, salted, and added the chopped collards. It was actually looking pretty good, but as I plated up the green goodness it needed something more. In a flash of brilliance (see how quickly I progress) I sprinkled shredded parmesan on top, then finished it off with some chopped walnuts.

It was so yummy! I became a fan of collard greens today. Who would have thought? Maybe there is¬†a southern lady in me. Now all that’s missin’ is some black eyed peas!


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