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Autumn’s Comfort Foods

Quote of the Day: The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken. Maya Angelou

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We are stepping into a new season with autumn’s brilliant colors decorating our surroundings. This seasonal change makes me think about comfort foods.

Autumn’s Comfort Foods

Autumn's Comfort Food, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogWhile TJ is off cooking for the masses, I’ve decided to experiment with one of my favorite foods from childhood – collard greens.

I’ve had greens at a couple of restaurants and they were delicious tasting but lacked the texture and bite-size I desired. I decided to make my own from scratch. Here’s my recipe!

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Collard Greens
Southern style collard greens
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 1 pound fresh collard greens
  2. 3 cups chicken broth
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 2 ham hocks
  5. 1 large onion, chopped
  6. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 teaspoon sugar
  9. 1 teaspoon pepper
  10. 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  1. First wash greens and drain, then place them on cutting board and roll like a burrito. Cut the rolled greens diagonally into small 1-2 inch slices. Place greens into large pot already filled with chicken broth and the seasonings listed above. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, or until greens are tender.
  1. Before serving take a fork and sharp knife and cut the greens once more. It’s a quick and easy way to enjoy bite size pieces. Sprinkle some pepper sauce over the greens before serving, if desired.
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Growing Your Own

Autumn's Comfort Food, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogCollards may be grown twice annually in some regions. In the more northern areas, you can plant earlier for a fall or winter harvest. Collards are frost tolerant making them an ideal late season crop. The frost actually improves the flavor of collard greens; it makes them sweeter.

Whether you buy them from your local grocery store’s fresh produce section or grow them yourself, they’re a healthy and delicious green vegetable. Enjoy them with some country fried chicken and cornbread for a great tasting meal.

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Happy Autumn!



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