A Life on Hold
To think in a positive manner, life has given us all a chance to re-set and think about each other and how to look out for one another. I hope you are healthy and safe while sheltering at home.
In the last blog I talked about our upcoming CD Release Parties that were to happen in May and June. It looks as if we will have to wait until we have a healthier planet before we can return to live performances. I will stay in touch with any news on this front.
CD Release Still on Track
The CD release is still set May 1, 2020. Holly Cooper, who is handling the print PR for the project has sent me a pre-release review of "Choices" We're excited about the upcoming release but also realize that we have bigger challenges to face now.
Our First Review
Some stuff creeps up on you so organically, you just have to stop and collect your thoughts. A jazzbo vocalist that comes by her sense of soul naturally--her father was Martin Luther King's doctor and her mother danced in the real Moulin Rouge---the soul she brings to her jazz really does come from the soul. Not drama soul but elusive and spirited soul. A mainstream record that somehow sails way out of the ordinary, it helps to have up market tastes to enjoy this set but you'll be well rewarded in making the effort to come to it rather than making it come to you. The lady is no art chick. A solid tonic for jaded ears.
Chris Spector-Midwest Record
I am working to post a new Music page on joanwatsonjones.com. You will have a sneak peek of each song from "Choices" as well as tracks from the other CDs. That link will be in the next week or so. I'll send out a notice when it's online.
Slow Cooked Collard Greens
One of the biggest challenges at staying home full time is what to cook for varied meals. I'm sure this is a problem for many of us. Here's a recipe that has worked well for me. Let me know if it works for you.
Cleaning and trimming 5 pounds of collard greens is the hardest part of this recipe-after that, it's easy. Sauté onions and garlic in a large pot, then add the greens. (It may seem odd to precook them, but wilting the collards is crucial to getting them to fit in the slow cooker.) Transfer everything to the slow cooker, along with ham hocks or smoked turkey drumsticks for meaty, smoky flavor, and walk away for 4 or even 6 hours. Come back to tender greens and some tasty potlikker to spoon over grits with shrimp or cornbread
What to buy: Collard greens are often cooked with smoked ham hocks, but smoked turkey drumsticks are a great substitute and yield more meat than ham hocks.
2 pounds smoked ham hocks or smoked turkey drumsticks 5 pounds collard greens (about 6 bunches) 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium yellow onions, medium dice 4 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or stock 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cider vinegar 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1. Place the ham hocks or turkey drumsticks in a 3-quart or larger slow cooker; set aside. Using your hands, remove the collard leaves from the tough stems and discard the stems. Tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces, then wash and dry them; set aside. Heat the oil in a large, wide-bottomed pot over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion has softened, about 5 minutes. Increase the heat to high, add the broth or stock, stir to combine, and bring to a boil. Stir in the greens a handful at a time, adding more as they wilt, until they're all in the pot.
CyberStationUsa.com now is only streaming my radio shows. My website is now linked directly to their site and you may listen to older shows at joanwatsonjones.com/podcast. Check it out it makes life so much easier digitally!
While we stay home to stay healthy, I hope you remain well and in good spirits. Music is a great healer!
All the Best to You,