Soul Food Cooking Classes Start this Week

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Andrew Wood, chef and class instructor at the learning kitchen for UW Health at the American Center, and Jim Krueger, Executive Director of the North/Eastside Senior Coalition, stopped by NBC15 News at 11 to talk about a program helping senior adults cook soul food.

The idea for the class came from a series of forums held with African American senior adults conducted by NESCO (located inside Warner Park Community Center), the Area Agency on Aging of Dane County and United Way of Dane County, according to Krueger. The purpose of the forums was to identify current issues facing African American senior adults and discuss strategies for addressing some of the needs.

Three of the senior centers in Dane County – NESCO, the DeForest Area Senior Center and the Colonial Club for seniors in Sun Prairie received grant monies for the AAA to pilot healthy cooking classes in conjunction with a UW Health at The American Center, using their learning kitchen.

A group of 12 African American seniors, and the cooks who make the meals at these senior centers will work with a UW Learning Kitchen Chef over the course of three cooking sessions to prepare the recipes at the UW Learning Kitchen.

They will then eat the food they have prepared at the end of each cooking session.

African American senior adults have been asked to submit recipes or suggestions for soul foods that will be adapted by dieticians from UW Health to make them healthier.

The classes will be held on Tuesday’s from Oct. 16 – 30, from 11-12:30 pm. Transportation is available. You must be 60 years or older and live in Dane County to attend the soul food cooking class.

The cost is $10 per person to attend all three cooking sessions.

To sign up please call the North/Eastside Senior Coalition at 608-243-5252.

MAMA’S Good-for-You Cornbread

• 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
• 2 tablespoons butter melted and a little to grease the pan
• 1 cup cornmeal
• 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
• 1 1/2 cups skim milk
• ¼ teaspoon white vinegar

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8-inch baking dish.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, skim milk, vinegar, and apple sauce. Pour the mixture into the cornmeal mixture and fold together until there are no dry spots (the batter will still be lumpy). Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.

4. Bake until the top is golden brown, and butter knife inserted into the middle of the corn bread comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the cornbread from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Glorious Collard Greens
• 5 lbs washed and dried collard greens
• 2 cups diced onion
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
• 1 quart chicken stock
• ¼ cup roasted garlic paste
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
• 1 lb hickory smoked turkey breast

1. Preheat large pot on high heat. Add oil, onions, and collard greens. Turn down heat to medium and cook until onions are clear.

2. Add salt, smoked paprika, and smoked turkey to pot and cook for 5 minutes until all moisture is evaporated.

3. Add vinegar. Cook for one minute then add chicken stock and roasted garlic.

4. Simmer in pot for 2 to 4 hours until collards are tender.