Friday, January 1, 2016

HAPPY 2016! May you eat plenty of collards.

Every year we walk around on New Year's Day saying things like, "I just can't believe another year has passed." We should be a little more positive by saying this: It's the best day of the year to cook one of our favorite foods which, by the way is COLLARDS.

Not only do we eat collards, but we grow them especially to serve them on New Year's Day. We usually start in August, by planting and caring for them until there is a nice frost. Then it is time to harvest and serve them along with black-eyed peas, spicy Mexican cornbread and other New Year's Day dishes. It's an honored family tradition to eat them and we honestly LOVE them, unlike so many who turn up their noses at the thought of these delicious greens. And I'm not just talking about the cooking smell!

That means if we invite you to dinner on New Year's Day, you WILL be served other things, but collards will be the number one item on the menu and we really won't understand how you could not love them as we do.

After that, we will have collards, maybe even collards large enough to fill my SUV, and they will be good and good for you, but they won't be New Year's Day collards so they won't be as important as they are on this first day of the year! We will also add them to soups and smoothies and even saute them in stir frys but no other dish can compare to collards on New Year's Day.

As you might have noticed, I haven't been blogging for some time but I have decided to start again this year and will focus on gardening, recipes and ideas for those with allergies, healing herbs, and herbal remedies.

I wish you all a very happy New Year's Day. I hope your new year is prosperous, you are in health, you have the opportunity to eat collards like my family, and you will enjoy them as much as we do!

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