Dec 31 2012

Happy Healthy New Year

Published by at 1:31 pm under General Topic

In addition to sharing my recipe for Hoppin John- a recipe guaranteed to give good luck in the New Year, I am passing along this quote I read in Penny C. Sansevieri’s newsletter:

An old Cherokee told his grandson: “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealously, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is good. It is peace, joy, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.” The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?” The old man quietly replied: “The one you feed.” (author unknown)

Hoppin’ John Black-Eyed Peas

My mother served black-eyed peas  on New Year’s Day  she said it would bring good luck for the whole year. Here is her recipe from her recipe notebook

One pound dried black-eyed peas

Two tablespoons oil

One half-pound salt pork, diced

One cup thinly sliced onion

Six cups water

Three cups beef broth

One tablespoon butter

One teaspoon salt

2 cups cooked long grain rice

One fourth to one-half teaspoonTabasco


Yield: 10 or more servings

Sort, wash and drain beans in a colander. Soak overnight in six cups of water or cover with water in large pot, bring to a boil, boil for two minutes, cover, and set aside for an hour. Do not drain.

Put oil, salt pork, and onion slices in heavy five-quart pot and cook slowly for about 10 minutes, until salt pork has browned and onion is golden, Stir in soaked beans and their water bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer gently for 40 to 60 minutes, until tender.

When black-eyed peas are cooked , there will be some rich “pot liquor” left in the pan. Drain this off into a glass measuring cup. Gently fold cooked rice into peas. Pour back a cup of the pot liquor. AddTabasco, salt and pepper to taste. Cook stirring, for two to three minutes, until broth has thicken slightly. Serve warm.





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  1. Sheilaon 02 Jan 2013 at 3:52 am


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