Here’s a lesson on the authentic soul of New York that would make the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown want to jump back and kiss himself. Chef Carl Redding, owner of Amy Ruth’s Restaurant in Harlem, was invited on the “Today” show to share some down-home cooking via the big city. Here are the recipes.
Southern Fried ChickenCarl Redding
Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium heat until hot (350º F). Season chicken with salt, pepper, and paprika. Dredge each chicken part in flour. Be sure the oil has reached the ideal temperature of 350ºF. Fry chicken 15 minutes until golden brown (turning occasionally). Remove chicken parts from hot oil and let it drain well on paper towels. Serve hot.
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'My Own Mom’s' Collard GreensCarl Redding
8 to 10 servings
Wash the greens thoroughly, taking out the large stems. Cut leaves into 1/2-inch slices. Cook the precooked smoked meat pieces in water for 45 minutes before putting the greens in the pot with the meat. Place greens into pot with cooked meat and water. Add green pepper, garlic, and onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the greens are well done, about 2 hours. Serve hot.
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Shameka Harris’ Candied YamsCarl Redding
Peel and cut yams into quarters. Boil yams in water, covered until tender (30 to 45 minutes). Drain and cool slightly. Place yams in long shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with salt, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Cut and distribute butter over surface of yams. Pour in water. Bake in a preheated 375ºF oven for approximately 45 minutes.
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Leola’s Red Velvet CakeCarl Redding
Cream shortening; beat in sugar gradually. Add eggs, one at a time; beat well after each addition. Make paste of cocoa and food coloring; add to creamed mixture. Add salt, flour and vanilla alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Sprinkle soda over vinegar; pour vinegar over batter. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Bake in 2, 10-inch greased pans for 30 minutes at 350°F.
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