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Posted 5/19/2015 10:07am by Judy Lessler.

Collards, Strawberries, and Green Garlic:

For years collards were slow cooked to almost a puree. Southern cooks would simmer them with “seasoning” on the back of their stoves. Seasoning was generally ham hocks or fatty pieces that had been trimmed from hams, chops, or loins, and sometimes it was bacon or fatback. Recently, chefs have woken up to the benefits of this traditional vegetable It is healthy and has a robust flavor when prepare raw.

There are strawberries everywhere in NC this week and collards are at the end of their season. Try this great, raw collard recipe:


This version of the recipe calls for using Tahini Sauce as the basis for the recipe. Harland's Creek Farm suggests that you make the Tahini Sauce and store it in your refrigerator for use with greens all spring long. 


News Alert: I have been telling people that the stiff leaves on the green garlic are not edible. Yesterday, I remembered that Chef Justin Meddis of Roses Meats and Sweets  in Durham told me that he put them in stock. As I prepared to slow-cook a chicken I had purchased at the Apex Farmers’ Market, I decided to put it on a bed of stiff green garlic leaves.  When the chicken was done, I scraped up the fat-infused leaves and discovered that they were soft. Soon I had eaten them all with a bit of salt. I did not even wait to spread them on toast or crackers. They were delicious.  

Wind. I have been reading all about weather. Aristotle wrote Meteorology in 350 BC and discussed wind. He ridiculed people who thought that wind was moving air; rather, he taught that wind was a substance, like an invisible smoke, that was exhaled from the earth. In those days, the main natural philosophers used logic and deductive reasoning rather than observation, experimentation, and induction. Aristotle said that wind was a dry substance that was exhaled from the earth and that it coalesced and flowed through air similar to the way in which water coalesces and flows from rivulets, springs, branches, and rivers. According to him, a stiff or strong wind is analogous to a rushing or raging river.  

The ancients were very committed to logic only, and that impeded progress. This is why Julius Caesar did not have an I-Phone

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