This Southern California Girl who transplanted to the South 17 years ago loves her "Greens". Down in the south, New Year's day would not be complete without a taste of collard greens and black-eyed peas.
The tradition of eating collard greens on New Year's Day is said to bring good luck. I learned a few ways to cook up this inexpensive cheap dish over the years.
Well, I was one day off. I made my collards for tonight's dinner. Sauteed in olive oil with tons of garlic and onions and served over rice.
I started this neat tradition in 1993 with my family. The very first year that we moved to Raleigh, NC. I never heard of collards and let alone eat black-eyed peas? I thought my neighbors were nuts!! I said "No Way, I am a Southern California Girl". Well, I tried them and the very next year started our family tradition of making a huge batch of collards leaves and a great big batch Hoppin' John.
Whole Food always has a great "culinary specialist" out demonstrating different ways of cookin' these huge leaves. I like to roll them up like a dollar bills and slice them very thin.
p.s. I like it here in the "South"