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A family member was kind and generous enough to send me one of her cookbooks. She collects cookbooks and reads them like magazines, but this was one she didn’t use much. She’ll be thrilled to find I discovered some recipes I really liked. I tried the black bean recipe courtesy of Kay Ward.

Addictive black bean soup with tortilla chips

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Remember in middle school when the lunch lady plopped a lump of “stuff” on your plate? Upon inspection, I could never decipher the ingredients… meat and maybe something else. To me, meat loaf conjured images of nasty school lunch. I never had any desire to try it.

Now that I’m grown, however, my taste buds are happier, healthier, more open-minded buds. And boy, was I wrong about meat loaf. My husband and I fought over the last piece.

Served with fresh corn on the cob!

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I normally make my collard greens  the way mama taught me. Two bunches of collards, 1/3 cup of water and a ham hock. Stir them every time you think about it—-6 hours on low on the stove. This works. They are scrumptious.

I’ve tried flavoring with ham hock, pork neck bones, turkey necks, turkey wings, chipped pieces, onion, green bell pepper, celery, and every spice you could think of. But mama’s recipe remains tried and true.

For the fun of it though, I thought I’d try something different.

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