Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Way Men Cook Breakfast

Hot Link Collard Eggs

The Way Men Cook Breakfast

By Rindy Swafford. Ruston Daily Leader

Who knew collards could be eaten for breakfast?
Ruston resident Paul Elliott found this fact out after a truckload of them landed in his lap.
Mary Cheatham’s sister had some collard in her garden, and it turned out to be a pickup truck full,” Elliott said. “So we had all these collards and had them in these big black garbage bags.”
His friend Mary Cheatham then wondered what they would do with all the collards.
The answer, for Elliott, was simple.
“We’re going to wash them and freeze them,” Elliott said. “So we had enough collards to do a lot of experimenting. And this recipe was part of that.”
He manufactured his recipe for hot link collard eggs out of things he enjoys – hotlinks, collards, and eggs. Also, in his two and a half years of living in Louisiana, this Texas native learned to season his recipe.
“Living in Louisiana, I’ve learned to enjoy well seasoned foods, so I added some of those and worked with the recipe until it suited my spicemouth,” Elliott said.
Elliott and Cheatham soon decided to add this recipe to the May 2006 release of their cookbook entitled The Collard Patch.
“We picked a lot of other areas that people have not thought of to use collards,” Elliott said. “People don’t usually think of collards in desserts; we’ve done it all and got some delicious recipes in the process.”
Elliott”s hot link, collard, and egg mix can be used to fill crepes or even soft tortillas. The size of the wrap or crepe depends on “how big a breakfast you want.”
Elliott’s cookbook not only contains information about how to create his recipes, but also it contains nutrition facts about the ingredients.
“In the process (of making the book) we put in some information on collard nutrition, how to grow collards, how to control pests and the series of stories from my youth that we titled “Growing up in Collard Country,” Elliott said.
This series contains stories about “people who didn’t know how to farm but moved out to a farm and boy did we get laughed at by the serious farmers” – Elliott’s family.
Elliott said the nutritional facts were included alongside some the recipes to let people know how healthy collards are.
“Well, we did it on some of them; on others you probably shouldn’t even ask because it’s in and effort to point out that collards can be very healthy, very tasty, and have many different ways they can be used,” Elliott said. “So if you think you don’t like collards, you haven’t tasted our collards; that’s the difference.”Elliott and Cheatham’s The Collard Patch can be found at Potluck Gifts and online at

The above story is quoted from The Ruston Daily Leader. Paul's recipe for
Hot Link Collard Eggs appears in a separate blog entry.

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