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Collard Greens and Kale {Giveaway}

Guys! I’m so excited about this! You know Ree right? Well she just released a new cookbook called The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations. And let me tell you, it is gorgeous. The book is organized in holidays from New Year’s Day to New Year’s Eve. And today I am giving away THREE SIGNED copies. Pretty awesome huh?

I have spent a lot of time basically drooling over this book ever since I laid eyes on it. There are so many delicious looking recipes in it. From Black Eyed Pea Salsa for New Year’s to Watermelon Sangria for the 4th of July to Oyster Dressing for Thanksgiving and Prime Rib for Christmas dinner. Each recipe is of course accompanied by Ree’s signature gorgeous step-by-step photos.

Speaking of gorgeous photos, there are plenty of her life on the ranch scattered throughout that makes this city girl rethink the whole big city life.

Basically this book is a must have. That’s it and that’s all folks.

And when you get your hands on a copy, this collard greens recipe is a must make.

I am in the process of planning our Thanksgiving dinner so when I sat down with my cup of tea and Ree’s book, I was looking for side dish recipes to serve. There are so many in there that look good, but around here we love, love, love our greens so when I saw her recipe for Collard Greens cooked with bacon and vinegar I was all over it. And when I saw the suggestion to mix collard greens and kale I swooned.

And then I made it.

And then we ate it. All of us. Every. Last. Bite.

Ree says they are good for the soul and boy is she right.

And now I am giving you a chance to win a copy of this gorgeous book, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me your all time favorite holiday dish. It doesn’t have to be Christmas or Thanksgiving, any dish from any holiday.

Giveaway rules:

One entry per person.

Winners will be picked at random and must respond within 48 hours or I will have to pick another winner.

Can only ship to US Mailing addresses.

Giveaway ends 11/13/13 at 5:00PM PST.

Ree is generously donating the signed copies of the books for this giveaway. I also received a copy. I have not been compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

Collard Greens and Kale {Giveaway}

Collard greens and kale cooked with bacon. Perfect for your holiday celebrations!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings



  • 1 bunch collard greens rinsed well
  • 1 bunch kale rinsed well
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon cut into pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Separate collard and kale leaves. Remove and discard the stalks.
  • Place the bacon in a skillet over medium heat and cook until the fat is rendered and the bacon is halfway cooked.
  • Add the garlic to the pan and cook, stirring for another minute.
  • Add in the greens. Start tossing the greens gently with tongs adding vinegar as you toss them. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve when they are halfway wilted.


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Keywords: bacon, Christmas, collard greens, giveaway, thanksigivng

  • Tammy
    November 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Omg love Ree’s recipes! I’m actually making her Tequila Lime chicken right now. Can’t wait to try it. So my all time favorite recipe to make for thanksgiving and christmas is herb crusted lamb chops with dijon mustard. It is sooo yummy I’m drooling as I’m writing lol. The lamb doesn’t over power and the herbs and dijon mustard go so well together. I also serve up some garlic cream cheese mashed potatoes with it as well. So delicious!!

  • Marilyn
    November 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Turkey is my all time favorite thing to eat during the holidays. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Lindsey V.
    November 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! I love Ree’s other cookbooks and would love the chance to win her newest one, so fingers crossed. :-)

    And to answer your question, my favorite holiday food is baked corn. Pumpkin pie is another favorite!

  • Doreen Darr
    November 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

    ok, let’s try this again! Granny’s homemade pasta and meatballs with sauce!

  • Lora
    November 6, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Green Bean Casserole, no doubt.

  • Amanda B.
    November 6, 2013 at 11:00 am

    My favoriet holiday dish has to be my mom’s day-after-Thanksgiving sandwiches! I look forward to those almost more than the meal!!

  • Pam
    November 6, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Grandmas coconut cake!

  • Katie Murphy Blankenship
    November 6, 2013 at 10:01 am

    My all time favorite holiday dish is my grandma’s stuffing. She makes it in a 9×13 baking pan and cuts it into squares. I adore it!!

  • Nancy L S
    November 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Momma’s Sweet Potato Casserole

  • Angie Thompson
    November 6, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I love sweet potato casserole so much! I eat it for dessert!

  • Barbara Miller
    November 6, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I have to say Turkey and stuffing for Thanksgiving!! My fav!

  • Caroline McKinney
    November 6, 2013 at 8:57 am

    A favorite in our family is the cranberry salad. It’s so delightful with pineapple, pecans, celery, marshmellows, etc! It pairs perfectly with turkey, chicken or ham. Another amazing dish is my mom’s oyster dressing! Mmm…now I’m making myself hungry!!!

  • Amanda Bradley
    November 6, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I love the southwest corn casserole my family has every Thanksgiving – green chiles and creamed corn give it the perfect sweet and spicy blend! Hi, hello, delicious!

  • Jessica A.
    November 6, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Definitely my mom’s stuffing. So many mushrooms in it.

  • Toni Russell
    November 6, 2013 at 8:37 am

    My favorite is my moms apples and spice donuts on christmas morning…all warm and soft with a slight sugary crunch when you bite into one. ..yummy

  • Rebecca Gibree
    November 6, 2013 at 8:34 am

    My favorite holiday meal would have to be my Nana’s meat stuffing, which is basically mashed potatoes and well seasoned ground beef mixed together, sounds boring but oh my goodness it’s amazing!!

    Or pumpkin pie… but really that’s an everyday favorite, not just a holiday :)

  • Judy
    November 6, 2013 at 8:31 am

    My favorite is green bean and corn casserole with smooshed Ritz crackers on top.

  • Kelly
    November 6, 2013 at 8:30 am

    My fave are my mom’s yeast rolls! She makes them every holiday, and I could eat just those rolls and be satisfied. :)

  • Mary Jo Edwards
    November 6, 2013 at 8:18 am

    My favorite holiday recipe’s ate my grandmother’s homemade Swedish Rye Bread and Homemade Swedish Potatoe Bologna.

  • Josie
    November 6, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I love all holiday food. lol. My favorite is either turkey and gravy or mashed potatoes. :)

  • Megan
    November 6, 2013 at 8:15 am

    My grandma’s super labor-intensive stuffing recipe. It takes hours, feeds an army, and is the best part of Thanksgiving!

  • leah g
    November 6, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Hopefully it can be two. On Christmas eve my family always has lasagna and tamales. Its a whole family effort. My sibs and I make the lasagna, while my dad takes care of the tamales and my mom yells at us from the living room. And the grandkids run around being cute. Its the only time a year when we are all together and its awesome. The food is pretty good too.

  • thefiveharts5
    November 6, 2013 at 8:12 am

    This looks fantastic! My all time favorite holiday ‘dish’ is my mom’s Clouds, a peppermint meringue with chocolate chips. It’s not Christmas morning without them!

  • emily
    November 6, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Matzoh ball soup made from scratch!

  • amosgw
    November 6, 2013 at 8:10 am

    All time favorite holiday dish is Yorkshire Pudding lots of gravy pls!

  • Susan Adrian
    November 6, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Oooh, I Love Ree’s recipes! In our house when I try a new one, if I say “It’s a Pioneer Woman recipe” the family relaxes. My favorite holiday recipe is our family’s English Toffee, which I make every Christmas.

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