Thursday, July 28, 2016


If you are a fan of author Jan Karon's Mitford novels you know much of the book centers on the food shared at church gatherings and other events. According to the author, this would be how Louella fixes her famous greens.

2 pounds turnip greens or collard greens
2 ounces salt pork, chopped
2 ounces smoked bacon, chopped
1/3 cup chopped onions
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Remove the stems from the greens. Wash the leaves well by plunging them in a sink full of water. Drain the water, rinse the sand from sink, and repeat several times, until the water is clear. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the greens and boil for 2 minutes. Drain the greens and discard the water. Bring a fresh pot of water to a roiling boil. Add the salt pork, bacon, chopped onions and Tabasco. Add the greens, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer 1 to 2 hours or until the greens are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Note: You can find this recipe and many other "Mitford" recipes in Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader.