Thursday, November 17, 2011

Do Collard Greens Make You a Southerner

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I was born and raised in Georgia but it wasn't until I moved to Tennessee that I realized I'm not a true Southerner (at least in the eyes of my co-workers).  I'd never had hot water corn bread, fried bologna, or collard greens. All of the ladies at work were shocked when they found this out and have made it their mission for me to experience all of these foods. 

Well, last week one of the ladies I work with had her farmer stop by with bags full of green beans, collard greens and mustard greens.  I wish I had taken a picture of this (it was hilarious) - there were black trash bags full of these vegetables in the middle of a clinic. 

I decided this was my opportunity to finally try collard greens!  I used the recipe from Betty Crocker's cook book to make them.  See how they turned out below!






I cooked the greens with ham hock, red pepper flakes, red bell pepper, balsamic vinegar and onions.  I served the greens with Oven Fried Chickem (Bisquik recipe) and Velveeta mac n cheese.

In the end, I don't think I'm a fan of collard greens.  I'm glad I tried them but that might be the last time I ever try them...hehehe.


 
What other foods do you have to eat to be called a true Southerner?



 
~Julia
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