Tuesday, January 3, 2012

It's a Southern Thing

Black-eyed peas for New Year's that is.

Yes, it's a southern tradition

that dates back to the Civil War.

Black-eyed peas should be eaten

on New Year's Day, don't you know.

They bring luck and prosperity for the new year.

We started with chips, salsa,

and fresh made guacamole.

A simple table set for four to

celebrate the beginning of a new year.

No need for a centerpiece as the

food will be the star of this table.

Casual Settings

Napkins of a Provencal Print

Ringed with Bands of Pewter

A Favorite Pewter Tureen

Whimsical Salad Bowl

Paired with Complementary Pewter Salad Servers

Black-eyed Peas and a Healthy Mixed Green Salad

Black-eyed Peas for the Coins

Greens for Paper Money

Cornbread for Gold

Perfect Meal for a

Lucky 2012

Dad's Black-eyed Peas with Ham Hocks

1 and 1/2 cups black-eyed peas
2 smoked ham hocks
Some salt port, diced
1 small can tomatoes
1 can Rotel tomatoes w/ green chilies
1 medium onion, sliced
Pepper to taste

Wash and cover peas with water. boil fast for 10-15 minutes. Let stand 30 minutes. Do not stir so that peas don't break. Add water if necessary. Add meat and simmer until tender. Add other ingredients and simmer until it tastes done. Remove bones. cut meat off the ham hocks and add back into soup. Serve with green salad and cornbread.