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Harlem Taught Grandma To Cook Southern Style Greens Until She Forgot

As much as I have fun inventing dishes, there are some dishes where I consider tradition sacred. Collard Greens which can include mustard greens, turnip greens or any combination of the three are always cooked with smoked pork, rutabagas, garlic and olive oil just like my Jamaican grandmother used to make them. I have no traditional American Southern roots except for those that my grandmother picked up in Harlem where she learned to cook as well as her mother who didn’t even teach her to boil water.