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So Far so good almost midnight and the snow is snowing, the wind is blowing and we can weather this

Friday, February 08, 2013

I am so sorry I am waxing poetic, it has not been a bad day. I just kept busy and just as I was about to relax and Spark I had some better new plans.

It was our GD's 10th Birthday on Wednesday but I could not catch up with them so I missed it. I did send her a talking card. I knew she had received it my computer told me so. Her Mothers (MY DDIL) Birthday was today.
Our son called and talked to his Dad and I made a plan to call later as he was driving to meet her. I called at the appointed time but they were still at their birthday function so I was playing PHONE TAG as they were playing LAZER TAG.
I caught up with them and our Plattsburgh son called to check on us. I had to call him back I knew he was concerned about the storm news. So long phone conversations a rarity for us, it was nice, It was family emoticon

I baked and cooked three sets of greens and cauliflower just so they did not go to waste.
Brussels Sprouts-easy to do, cabbage easy to do and collards-now that stuff is such a challenge I am determined to teach my taste buds to like it.

I steamed it,it was still tough.

I added lemon juice and olive oil and microwaved it- still tough.

I had other dishes in the oven so I added some Rice vinegar and wine vinegar to some of the collards and baked it in the oven till everything else was cooked.

It tasted great like beet greens but so much tougher. I think now that my tongue has the message that this is tough my taste buds are learning to like it.

We ate flounder with Cauliflower and cheese.

Shredded cabbage cooked with smart balance and black pepper -DH favourite way to have it.

I made some of the cauliflower in to a puree with egg whites and Parmesan cheese and put Collards in the bottom and spread the topping.
It baked to golden brown and it was great .

DH still does not like collards, but we can do this.
HUGS Pat in White Winyt maine
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  • POOHGIRL1970
    Can't say I've ever eaten collards....but you get an A for effort!
    1864 days ago
  • TERRI289
    The story of the collards.... emoticon
    1866 days ago
    Hi Pat, great job of trying different veggies. I like almost any of them but some I only eat occasionally.

    I've been listening to the weather channel trying to see how everyone is doing and sounds like Portland got hammered. Hope that it didn't get up to you.

    Stay safe and warm and have a great weekend.

    hugs...Mary Anne
    1866 days ago
    I hate to say it but I would only try it once, and then that would be it. I would not keep trying to learn to like something I found hard to eat ...... You are so good about that kind of stuff.

    Glad you were able to talk to kids, et al..... hope the snow storm has past and your area is on the way to getting back to normal.

    1866 days ago
    Pat, whenever we had collards we boiled them and then ate them with butter, salt, and pepper. We love our cabbage fried. Once I get better I will start doing some of the cooking. DH tries but he is fating me up. :( HUGS, Terry
    1866 days ago
    Glad you were able to talk to your family. emoticon

    Just reading about your cooking makes me hungry! emoticon
    1866 days ago
    I'm so glad you got to catch up with your family and get some great cooking in. I did not like the textures of the greens either but mitakenly thought I could cook them until they were like cooked spinach.
    1866 days ago


    As a true southerner (south Louisiana) you have to cook collard greens a LONG time to get them tender. They are however one of the great southern dishes when cooked correctly. They have a sweet-tangy taste.

    Here is a great recipe from Southern Living (not too unhealthy, you simply can't have collards without bacon). Some people put them on the stove at lunchtime and serve them at dinner (so cook for hours). This recipe calls for 2 hours and my experience says that is the minimum time it takes to get them tender. They WILL get tender you just have to keep cooking them.

    Southern Style Collard Greens

    Serves 10-12


    12 hickory-smoked bacon slices, finely chopped
    2 medium-size sweet onions, finely chopped
    3/4 pound smoked ham, chopped (traditionally ham hocks would be used)
    6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    3 (32-oz.) containers low sodium chicken broth
    3 (1-lb.) packages fresh collard greens, washed and trimmed
    1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1 teaspoon salt
    3/4 teaspoon black pepper
    Red Pepper flakes or tabasco hot pepper sauce to taste (add if you like things spicy)


    1. Trim and discard thick stems from bottom of collard green leaves. Tear leaves into 2-inch pieces. Place leaves in a large bowl of water. Swish leaves around to remove any dirt. Remove leaves from bowl, and discard water.

    2. Cook bacon in a 10-qt. stockpot over medium heat 10 to 12 minutes or until almost crisp. Add onion, and sauté 8 minutes; add ham and garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in broth and remaining ingredients. Cook 2 hours or to desired degree of tenderness.

    There will be what southerners call "Potlicker" remaining after cooking. This is the liquid remaining after cooking any greens. Southerners eat greens with baked cornbread to sop up the potlicker juices.

    Greens with pork(chops, roast or baked ham) and cornbread is a common meal in the south.

    Hope this recipe makes you love collard greens. They do take longer than other greens to get tender but they taste better.


    1866 days ago
    maybe you should 'devein' them the stems may be the problem and i find malt or apple cider vinegar does the trick..but i like l
    kale better still lol
    the lady mary emoticon
    1866 days ago
    I've only had collards once, and someone else cooked them, so I'm not much of a resource on that. Hope you are making out OK with the storm this morning. We have waist-high snow here, haven't measured it yet, but realized that the doors won't open enough for me to squeeze out through. Will have to go out the living room window when I go out to clear the doorways. The dog squeezed out through the small opening, but just barely, so there's no hope for me doing the same. The snow is still swirling and not much visibility. No plows have gone by since midnight so the road is impassable. Only snowmobiles going by every now and then. We don't have a snowmobile so will have to wait until tomorrow to go anywhere in the car. Best wishes to you and Fred...enjoy the snow day! emoticon
    1866 days ago
    Glad that you are safe. It was windy and snowy here but did not get much accumulation. My granny used to make all those kinds of greens when I was a kid. Never even so much as tried them. Collards greens stewed in pork broth was not so appealing to a kid. SHe was from SOuth Carolina so she was quite inventive with all kinds of greens. She een used to cook dandelion greens. Where she ever found those I don't even want to know!! LOL!! I am sure if you play around with cooking them you will find one way that works for you.

    Stay safe and warm this weekend!!

    emoticon emoticon
    1866 days ago
    Hope you're weathering the storm okay. It's drifting like crazy here. Part of my front walk is bare, only to have a four foot drift on one end of and a two foot drift on the other. I'm dreading shoveling that out!
    1866 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    I prefer Kale over collards. I know when our Son has fixed it, it seemed like it boiled for a very long time and he also seasoned it with bacon and ham. Not the healthiest side dish I'v had. I will have to look for recipes.

    So sorry you did not connect with your DGD but glad she got the cards.
    So glad you got to talk to family.

    Stay in, stay warm, and stay safe from this storm.

    Hugs, Sunny
    1866 days ago
    HUGs! Stay safe.
    1866 days ago
    Isn't it always nice to talk to family? emoticon
    1866 days ago
  • CJMOK1121
    All your cooking is making me hungry, they all sound so good and I like all of them. I'm glad your safe and warm in your house. I know the snow must be beautiful. I use to like the snow, but my bones and joints hurt so bad now when it gets that cold. Stay safe and have a good day.

    CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon Sending you sunshine.
    1866 days ago
    Glad to hear things were OK through last night. Sounds like you're eating well!! Hope you still have power today and things start to calm down!!! How much snow do you have? Stay safe!
    1866 days ago
    Hang in there! You are always so organized, a little snow won't hurt!
    1866 days ago
    Stay safe and warm. Glad you are well prepared
    for the storm. I love the cauliflower and collards.
    I made a pizza base once with cauliflower,
    parmesan and an egg. Baked it first, then added
    roasted vegetables. A great way to have pizza
    without the carbs. Have a good night. emoticon
    1866 days ago
    emoticon Sending Warm Blessings!!
    1866 days ago
    Stay safe & warm! emoticon
    1866 days ago
    stay safe & warm
    1866 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    There are Hurricane Winds of 76 Miles Per Hour at Logan Airport too. So stay Safe and Warm Indoors for your own safety. There are Power Outages though out the region too. Sounds like You and DH had a pretty nice day being able to talk with your 10 Year Granddaughter and Family. As far as the Collards go try pressure cooking them. That way they should not be so tough. I don't like them myself either. There are to many other vegetables to eat to worry about one. I would forget about this one myself. Get plenty of rest and sleep when you can. I know you are well prepared for this Monster Storm that is in the Northeast now too. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Enjoyable Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1866 days ago
    Stay safe and warm!! emoticon
    1866 days ago
    So glad your well prepared for this storm. I hope it isn't as bad as the weather man reports.

    I wish you two a quiet night, not a lot of snow, that the temperature doesn't drop too low and all the trees are free of damage.

    Sleep well.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1866 days ago
    I have been watching the Weather Channel on and off all day watching the storm progress. It's getting intense. Lots of power outages but lots of crews wating to repair all the lines but 'they' are saying it could take a few days.

    My friend Mary and I took our stuff for the sale at the church in Pe Ell tomorrow. The weather was beautiful. We were supposed to do the set up at 4 but I called and asked to do it earlier so we wouldn't be driving home in the dark on that winding highway. So we left at noon. When we got there I tried to call Elaine so she could come and let us in, found out my cell phone won't work there so went to my friends house down the block and used her phone. We got our tables set up and came back home. I figured out I was hungry and found it was 3 o'clock and I hadn't had lunch yet. So I ate an apple and some cold chicken.

    We wll go pick up my other friend Elinor and go to the sale and hopefully sell some stuff. Have a nice soup lunch there and see some old friends. It will be a fun day.

    I hope your power stays on and the trees stay upright.

    Chehalis, WA
    1866 days ago
    1866 days ago
    Stay safe and cozy!! emoticon
    1866 days ago
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    1866 days ago
    I have not tried collards so I can offer no help other than don't give up experimenting.

    Judy emoticon
    1866 days ago
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