Kay Wheeler Moore

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The Newfangled Country Gardener is for anyone who has a garden, would like to have a garden, or who simply enjoys eating the garden-fresh way. I don't claim to be an expert; in this blog I'm simply sharing some of the experiences my husband and I have in preparing food that is home-grown.

About the author

Kay Wheeler Moore is the author of a new cookbook, Way Back in the Country Garden, that features six generations of recipes that call for ingredients that are fresh from the garden. With home gardening surging in popularity as frugal people become more resourceful, this recipe collection and the stories that accompany it ideally will inspire others to cook the garden-fresh way and to preserve their own family food stories as well. The stories in this book center around the Three Red-Haired Miller Girls (Kay's mother and aunts) who grew up in Delta County, TX, with their own backyard garden so lavish that they felt as though they were royalty after their Mama wielded her kitchen magic on all that was homegrown. Introduced in Kay's previous book, Way Back in the Country, the lively Miller Girls again draw readers into their growing-up world, in which a stringent economic era--not unlike today's tight times--saw people turn to the earth to put food on the table for their loved ones. The rollicking yarns (all with recipes attached) have love, family, and faith as common denominators and show how food evocatively bonds us to our life experiences.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Collard Greens and Tomatoes: my previously nonexistent collards repertoire grows by leaps and bounds

Part of Hubby’s admonition about knowing “when to fold em” in terms of harvesting garden crops such as the collard greens at just the right moment involves finding quick outlets for the basketful of goodies he brings in.

Smiling like a Cheshire cat, he may tote in this container full of fresh produce and feel pleased as any successful gardener might, but inwardly I’m cringing. What now? I groan to myself. I don’t want to waste this lovely produce that God has provided for us, but how can I possibly cook everything before it ruins?

The website, www.nikibone.com, I’ve been bragging about saved the day again with Collard Greens with Tomatoes. Virtually any cook already has these simple ingredients on hand. The collards/tomatoes mixture made a great side dish. I’ve gone from a lifetime of never having much association with this wonderful veggie to becoming a daily companion of inventive ways to prepare it.

A word about the “rinse-well” portion of the recipe. One can’t over-rinse. Just as I was about to tear these tender collards into bite-sized pieces and throw them in the pan, a wee visitor crept onto the handle of my spoon. A mini garden worm had made his way into the house with the basket of veggies. He had managed to hide himself in a crevice of a collard leaf during my vigorous cleansing of the leaves under the faucet. Now, sensing danger as his leaf-home was destined for the heated pot, he was fleeing for his life. Busted! But t’was a lesson to me: rinse vigilantly; don’t lightly brush by that stage. After all, this is the G-A-R-D-E-N we’re talking about!

Collard Greens with Tomatoes

2 pounds collard greens, washed and cut or torn in bite-sized pieces
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning, or a combination of basil, oregano, and rosemary
1 (14-ounce) can no-salt-added tomatoes, chopped and drained, reserving liquid

Rinse torn leaves well; do not dry them. Put in a large pan and let greens wilt over medium-low heat. Add Italian seasoning and chopped tomatoes; continue to heat for about 5 minutes. Add as much of the liquid from the tomatoes as you want. Heat for about 4 more minutes or until mixture is hot. Serves 4.

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