Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Delicious Greens!

As much as I rely on online sources for recipes and other food-related information, I still love a good cookbook.

Right now I'm enjoying The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook (recommend!!!), a gift from my friend (from way back in high school), Mark Kelly, public relations & advertising manager at Lodge Manufacturing.

Since I recall Mark as loving food but not necessarily cooking it, I was surprised to see a few recipes from him included in the cookbook. Turns out they are recipes he prepares on his Lodge Sportsman's Grill. I was so impressed with Mark's praise of the grill that--after some online research and reading many positive reviews--I ordered one for us. It'll be perfect in our small outdoor space, and if I ever take up camping (unlikely!), I can take it along with me. Guess Mark's pretty good at PR & Marketing...

While waiting for my grill to arrive, I made Southern Greens Soup. You're supposed to make it in a Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven, but since I don't have one of those, I used my grandmother's hand-me-down heavy iron dutch oven, which worked just fine.

The recipe was simple, and the results were delicious.

Turnip greens with white beans and (turkey) Polish sausage. That's what we're having.


  1. Gay, that looks great! Would it be possible for you to post the recipe - or a link to it?

  2. Southern Greens Soup

    2 T. oil
    1 med. onion, chopped
    4 c. water
    1 pkg. Knorr dry vegetable soup mix
    2 lbs. fresh turnip greens, washed, drained, chopped
    1 can white beans, drained
    1 pkg. Polish sausage, sliced
    hot water (optional)
    Heat oil in large Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add onions and cook until softened. Add water and soup mix, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes. Add greens and simmer 10 minutes. Add beans and sausage. Simmer until the greens are tender, about 15 minutes. Add hot water if you want a soupier consistency.

  3. Thank you, friend! Definitely will make.