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The Collard Patch Paperback – May 15, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Moon Books Louisiana (May 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097419123X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974191232
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,889,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


There are lots of reasons to love collard greens, aside from their excellent flavor, their meltingly tender texture after cooking and their versatility in many different dishes. The fact is, they are one of the true super foods of the egetable world, offering prodigious amounts of natural ingredients that have been shown to support and improve eye health, among other things. Frequently eating collards can reduce the risk of developing age related macular degeneration and cataracts, for example. Naturally low in calories, salt and fat, they boast high levels of vitamins A, B, C, and are rich in calcium, beta carotene and fiber, among many other nutrients and superb characteristics. When you eat collards, you're getting your vitamins in Mother Nature's original package! But even so, best of all, they just plain taste good! In fact, The Collard Patch will expand your idea of what green cuisine can be, with recipes for everything from Collard Crepes for breakfast to Jamaican Collard Stew for supper and Apple Collard Raisin Pie for dessert. --Dorothy Reinhold, recipe developer, Cut n Clean Greens

If the title of The Collard Patch summons visions of warm, sunny days, a beautiful table set in the solarium or sun room of a charming country home a home situated in a verdant, pastoral setting with meandering varieties of vividly colored flowers, you're getting the picture. Simply add to this scene you and friends sitting at this table, while mixed aromas of hot corn bread, and the unmistakable fragrance of hot collard greens and a baked apple pie are wafting into the room. Your host, a busy cook is coming in and out of the room, setting one tempting, mouth watering entree after another on the table before you. As she scutters in and out the room, your eyes look beyond the tall French door style windows onto a patch of neatly planted rows of large, leafy rosettes of something favoring cabbage, but with much darker leaves. Oh, that's the collard patch over there. Your host now enters the room, and with flushed excitement takes her seat nearest the entryway to the kitchen as both she, coauthor Paul Elliott, you, and other friends await the blessings upon the food and the first palate pleasing delights of collard greens, cornbread and all the country trimmings. You have just met the delightful and ever gracious host, Mary Cheatham, and marketing genius and author Paul Elliott, co authors of The Collard Patch. A simple browse through the pages of this wonderfully warm and enchanting book will transport you, as it has me, to the scene or scenes like the one described above. The only difference being, that as you prepare the incredibly delicious recipes that grace the pages of this uniquely written story book of recipes, you become the host, setting your easily duplicated entrees before your own friends. Never mind the fact that you may not be serving your dishes in a country setting ...the foo --Carolyn Forche, Author, Colors Come From God Just Like Me

The Collard Patch is gorgeous. Not only is it attractive, I love the lay out and the themes. The stories make the recipes come alive. I love my cookbook. Now if I could just cook. --Beth Boswell Jacks, Author of Snippets

From the Publisher

The Collard Greens Experience

Read The Collard Patch.

You will be . . . · Blessed by the memories of a callow youth in Collard Country · Informed about the process of growing, gathering, cooking, and eating collards · Enlightened by intriguing ways to cook cornbread

The Collard Patch is full of the gastronomic joy of Louisiana and Texas. Everywhere we go, people are trying to duplicate the pleasurable tastes we cook here. We are sharing La Cuisine Texianne™ with you in this book.

Cook these recipes.

You will enjoy your accomplishment. If you are not accustomed to eating collards, you will soon discover that you have missed incredibly tasty flavor. You will find yourself looking for collards every time you go to the grocery store.

Good luck shopping! The shelves labeled "collards" in the frozen food section are often empty. Try some of the lovely prepackaged fresh collards. If your store does not have these, demand them!

Eat this food—one of the world’s healthiest vegetables!

You will be satisfied by the work of your hands. Your body will benefit from vitamins A, B, and C; calcium; beta-carotene; and fiber in a marvelous natural food free of fat and low in carbohydrates. Collards and olive oil (so healthy!) are a blissful match.

Share your pleasure.

We are simultaneously publishing two cookbook readers: · The Collard Patch · Flavored with Love, Third Edition

Buy several of each. Keep some on hand to give as wedding gifts, holidays that slip up on you, and times when you simply want to say, "I love you."

Write MaryAndPaul@CollardLovers.com with your recipes!

"Send us your recipes, stories, and suggestions. You may be our guest in a future edition. Be sure to e-mail us and select your free gift. You will love what we have for you," say Cheatham and Elliott

Collard green cuisine—experience it!

If you think you don’t like collards, you haven’t tasted our collards!

More About the Author

Mary Lou (Gregg) Cheatham grew up on a farm south of Taylorsville, Mississippi, and north of Hot Coffee. She graduated from Taylorsville High School and received a B. A. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. She and her husband taught in Greenville, Mississippi, until they moved to Ruston, Louisiana.

In Ruston her husband taught music at Louisiana Tech. Not long after they moved to Ruston, their daughter Christie was born. Mary Lou taught part-time in a Christian school and enrolled at Louisiana Tech, where she received an A. D. in nursing. Afterwards, she worked as a registered nurse in a hospital.

When her husband became paralyzed with Guillain Barré syndrome, she quit working as a nurse to serve as his caregiver and patient advocate. During the busiest time of her life she wrote her first novel, SOLOMON'S PORCH, about a woman who takes care of her husband with GBS. Unlike most patients who recover somewhat after hours or days, he remained paralyzed five years before the Lord called him home, where she believes he now plays trumpet to the glory of God, even better than he did on earth.

Using the pen name of her imaginary cousin, Jane Riley, she wrote a story cookbook, FLAVORED WITH LOVE. After her sister gave her a pickup truck load of collard greens, she experimented with cooking collards and cornbread two years. The resulting story cookbook is THE COLLARD PATCH, co-authored by Dr. Paul Elliott.

Her daughter Christie requested that she write a devotional for every day of the year. The resulting book was DO YOU KNOW HOW GOD LOVES YOU? which contains intense Bible studies along with personal devotionals.

SECRET PROMISE (2012) is her latest novel. It is historical and inspirational with a romantic element. SECRET PROMISE takes place in 1907 in the fictional town of Taylorsburg.

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I am looking forward to baking Apple Collard Raisin Pie.
an honest reviewer
The Collard Patch By Mary Lou Cheatham Paul Elliott What a great idea for a cookbook, with stories and recipes.
Jill Vanderwood
And there are other recipes that sounds pretty good to me.
Steven A. Peterson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By an honest reviewer VINE VOICE on June 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
This sunny and delightful book will guide you along to the collard patch.Not a rushed introduction to the collard green, but a nice long and friendly visit to the rearing up of seedlings and growing up with collard greens in the backyard.
This is not just a recipe book but a book with lovely and fun farm stories,some Biblical quotes,recipe contributions from some of Mary Lou and Pauls many friends.
This book features many nutritional facts,fun facts and historical facts on this vegetable.It induces the reader into a relaxed,pleasant smooth ride into the country.
I read this book slowly,devouring a distinct southern flavor.It is written in a easy friendly style.A book being friendly ? You will quickly grasp the authors love for sharing recipes, stories of their friends meeting at the grocers or at church and exchanging recipes and suggestions for cooking collard greens in recipes they acquired from famous restaurants including appetizers and snacks,which was my favorite.
This is a book you will want to spend one long,lovely summer afternoon with, maybe beside a brook or under a shady tree.Although I didn't read the book in such a sweetly pleasant environment,I felt as though I had.
One suggestion I enjoyed and like to share is "don't discard the leftover liquid,instead make the easy soup", since the pot is already flavorful,you don't rinse and waste any precious flavors.
One of my favorite recipes was The Glorious Collard recipe and The Collard Green Puffs. I am looking forward to baking Apple Collard Raisin Pie.
This is a quality piece of work and I enjoyed every minute reading it.You'll love it for its healthy recipes,fun stories and joining the authors in a nostalgic look back with their childhood stories and pets.
Highly recommended ! Read slowly and enjoy.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Willie D. Crawford on November 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Collard Patch brought back a lot of memories, put a BIG smile

on my face, and "taught this old dog a few new tricks!"

Growing up on a tobacco farm in North Carolina, collards were a

staple in my community. For 20 cents we could buy enough seeds to

plant enough collards to last us all year. Yet, we only fixed

them one or two ways... mainly boiled or fried.

I only wish that we'd had this book when I was growing up. I

never DREAMED of collards as a dessert :-)

Since my whole family loves collards, my daughters, now starting

families of their own, will get copies as Christmas presents.

I highly recommend The Collard Patch to anyone who loves

cooking good, healthy, down-home food.

Willie Crawford - "The World's Leading Soul Food Expert."

Author - "Soul Food Recipes Learned On A North Carolina Tobacco

Farm" Author - "Git Off The Porch"
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paula W. Howell on October 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
Mary and Paul's book, "The Collard Book" is a feast of information, recipes, and stories. My personal favorite is the plain old steaming green "pot likker" with crumbled corn bread. Paul and Mary know southern cooking. Each recipe is filled with southern hospitality and love. Thanks for bringing back the memory of my grandmother serving me cups of steaming green pot likker with crumbled corn bread before dinner was ready. Warm memories, you will enjoy this book on many levels.
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Here's a culinary reference from two great cooks which opened my eyes to an entirely new realm of cookery; however, before I launch into the details of all that, I wished to spotlight the attractive and noteworthy cover of this splendid cookbook.

The front cover of "The Collard Patch" holds a special appeal for me. It consists of two photographs, one above the other. The bottom photo illustrates a view of perfectly cultivated rows of collard greens in the porous soils of the Deep South. I immediately thought back to my youth when local farmers here in the ancient Teays River Valley of southern Ohio, also a sandy-soil environment, farmed huge fields of turnips. At a distance, the rows of turnip greens looked very much the same. Growing up around those 1950s Appalachian farms were some great days for me and I savor anything that reminds me of that simpler era.

The second photo somewhat blends in with the first - it's a close-up of collard green leaves, the striated natural colors of which recall an artist's palette. The chief hue is what might be regarded as blue-green or perhaps sea-foam green. The color features of this picture reminded me of an ethereal view of surfer-quality waves along a Pacific shoreline as the evening rays of the sun shine back through them. Conceptually, it's really just several great aquamarine shades which manifest a peaceful ambiance, reminiscent of a slow-paced existence of the Old South.

The crux of the book is, of course, focused upon collard greens, a staple dish of the southern United States as much as are fatback, grits, pecan pie, and cornbread. Mary Lou Cheatham and Paul Elliott have achieved a superb final product by assembling both collard recipes as well as dishes related to that notable southern relative of spinach and kale.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lorrie Flem on November 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
I got your book today and stood in the kitchen about 20 minutes reading it instead of making dinner! I have 4 nieces and nephews in addition to my own 8 this week so dinner time is very important. Feed the troops and you are less likely to get overrun.

Well, your book really messed me up. I couldn't put it down. I loved Mary's chile story about Paul. BTW, your chili was a killer - my husband and boys loved it.

Me? I am a wimp for spicy food so you eat your chili and I'll stick to my fantastic clam chowder -which is a regular in my home all fall and winter. Sorry though, there are no collards in my chowder.

Truly, it is a delightful story/cookbook. Well done. Now I am off to buy some collards so I can try out some inspiring new recipes!

Mrs. Lorrie Flem

Publisher of TEACH Magazine

Rib to Randy, Mama to 8 precious children, Child of the King, Author, and Speaker.
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