Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:17)

Southern Collard Greens

1 quarts water

1 pounds ham hocks

4 pounds collard greens, rinsed and trimmed

t. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

cup vegetable oil

Salt & pepper to taste

Place the water and the ham hock in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat to very low and simmer covered for 30 minutes. Add the collards and the hot pepper flakes the pot. Simmer covered for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add the vegetable oil and simmer covered for 30 minutes.