Hoppin' John was something I heard of but never had - I think the Shenandoah is too far north for that tradition?
Around here the New Year's tradition for luck is pumpkin vegetable soup. I went riding today and didn't get past the first friend's house I visited. They insisted I come in and have some. Pepo was happy though - he got to chow on salad in the side yard.
Well, I can't say one way or the other about luck - I'll have to chance it, because I can't stand black-eyed peas.
The other Southern tradition on New Year's Day is to eat collard greens for wealth. Don't like collards either.
Anyone have a good receipe? I've never made them for New Year's.
They are super simple.
I just add a one pound bag of black eyed peas in a crock pot, add a few hamhocks for flavor, and add enough water to cover.
Cook on high for 2-3 hours
Add diced onion and celery, a little S/P, dash of Paprika and Cumin, and cook on low for another 5 or so hours.
Serve with rice and cornbread!!!
You could also substitute bacon in place of hamcocks if you would like.
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I decided that as long as I stuck with greens, it was all good so I made mustard greens sauteed in bacon drippings. Love BEP. Really don't much care for collard greens, not more than a small taste anyway.
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I boiled a bag of frozen okra, with a few drops of vinegar, so it slides, but is not slimy.
Then added a can of diced tomatoes with peppers and onions, a larger can of low sodium V8, half a jar of mild Picante chunky sauce, some green olives and a can of black eye Ranch Style peas.
Added garlic salt and pepper, mixed it well and put it in four containers.
Warmed one for dinner, one for supper, will have the other two tomorrow.