Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A New Year ~ 2014

January 1st

New Year's Day 2014

The champagne is chilled.

Black-eyed peas 

are on the stove cooking.

We are dressed and ready 

to share the day with friends.

Black-eyed peas on New Year's Day

 is a southern tradition that dates 

back to the Civil War.

It's believed they will bring 

luck and prosperity for the new year.

We'll start with chips, salsa,

and fresh made guacamole.

A simple table is set 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 2014

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
(I now use 2 cans since they are smaller.)
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.

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  1. Cute post - I have heard of the tradition of eating black eyed peas, but have never had them - maybe I better reconsider!!! Love the doggy coat!!

  2. Sarah, I love this casual setting for New Year’s Day. The menu is about the same here for today, I have my black eyed peas ready to cook. Sadie looks adorable and ready to greet your guests!
    Have a wonderful and happy day to start the new year.

    The French Hutch

  3. I LOVE BLACK-EYED PEAS! And this looks so good right now as it is -20 outside! SARAH! I was thinking of you last night, and wondered how your Christmas went! This was such a great but quickly passing holiday. But my husband and I, since we are teachers, are home for this week and next week, we are back. But it's been great traveling to California and coming back to snow.

    Your table settings are always so grandly put together, giving your guests a double feast. Much love to you and yours in 2014, and your pup knows how to work that sweater!!!!!! Anita

  4. I love black eyed peas, too! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Lucky you!

    Happy, happy new year to you friend!

    May your 2014 be bright. :)

  5. Happy New Year Saah.
    May it be healthy and filled with wonderful friends and happiness.

  6. Sarah I can't believe I've never had black-eyed peas! I guess this is what we miss in California.
    And yet I love hearing about the 'old southern traditions' and I even copied your recipe. Your fur baby looks so sweet in his little outfit and your table looks lovely. I can't think of a nicer way to begin the new year than in your warm home. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and here's wishing you all the blessings of health and happiness in 2014. Thank you for your friendship. I truly appreciate it.

  7. Yum Sarah!
    Love the black-eyed pea tradition and your meal looks so good and is served so elegantly! Happy New Year!
    Miss Bloomers

  8. Happy New Year Sarah! We make sure we get our good luck black-eyed peas in some form or another on New Year's Day! Love the addition of the Rotel in your Dad's recipe. Chloe and Gracie are green with envy over Sadie's adorable MacKenzie-Childs'esque sweater :) Best wishes to you for Happy & Prosperous New Year!

  9. Beautiful your pewter.

  10. How cute your poochie looked, all dressed up for the party!!

    I have yet to taste black eyed peas but one of these days...thanks for the details on preparing them.

    I like your casual tablesetting & I know your guests enjoyed the meal.

    I hope 2014 is a happier one for you & yours.

  11. Your black eyed peas look very tasty! Love those napkins.

    We had white bean, spinach and chirozo soup for New Years day. Had to add the pork in the chorizo, because pork is also lucky on New Year's day, because it only roots forward, not looking back!

    Happy New Year Sarah!

  12. Hi Sarah,
    Happy New Year to you! I'm hoping to make it through this next year of "firsts" and then on to 2015. I'll bet you're wishing the same.
    Your menu sounds wonderful and I love the casual setting. Your pewter tureen is fabulous. I just love your style. Your darling Sadie looks adorable, all waiting for guests. Thanks for your kindness and friendship this past year. xo

  13. Sarah, I made a big pot of black-eyed peas yesterday too. Thanks for joining the Open House party and have a wonderful 2014!

  14. Certainly looks like a great party. I'll have to make your Black Eyed Pea recipe. I love them but have neve made them. YUMMY! Happy New Year!

  15. Beautiful table. I had my black eyed peas, cornbread and collards yesterday so I'm set for the New Year!

  16. Love that tureen! Happy New Year Sarah!

  17. Dearest Sarah,
    Guess I did eat right as a true southerner. We gathered with a group of friends for a New Year's luncheon and everyone did bring something. But there was cornbread as well as black-eyed peas and collard greens. I had made sweet potatoes with orange zest, juice and brown rice syrup; a healthy version for diabetics.
    Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year in good health.
    Loved your simple but very pretty table setting for the New Year.
    And, I did sign up via email to your blog - you might want to add a request at the top of your blog since your BlogFeed is not showing up on the sideline... Wish I could help you getting it back up!

  18. Hi Sarah. Thank you for visiting my blog today and leaving the sweet comment. I love your pewter, especially the salad servers. Blue & white with pewter is a show stopper in my book. I enjoyed the southern tradition of Black Eyed Peas, for the first time, at a prior boss's New Year's Eve party about 10 years ago. I found it enchanting. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year. ~ Nancy

  19. Beautiful table, Sarah. It looks very relaxed too. Happy new year to you and your family!...Christine

  20. Would you believe this is the first New Year I haven't cooked black eyed peas and greens? I'll probably be broke this year. :) Your table looks really pretty and Sadie looks so cute in her checked sweater.

  21. Sarah, your black eyed peas look so much better than mine looked. I'm saving this recipe and will definitely be making it that way next year (and probably before then). Love the pewter tureen, and those salad servers are so pretty. Of course, I love the napkins too. And oh how precious your little puppy looks, all dressed up for the new year. Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2014! laurie

  22. What a way to start off the new year! Delightful post!

    Happy New Year


  23. Fun Sarah! I love the first photo with the ornament, so cute! Sounds like a delightful day, your guests are "lucky" indeed!

  24. Happy New Year, Sarah! Your fur baby looks so cute….

    Here's to a happy and healthy 2014! Cheers!

    Ricki Jill

    PS LOVE the napkins. They are so much fun!

  25. Hi lovely lady.
    We Love black-eyed pea down in Texas all year! your meal looks so good and is served so elegantly! YUMMY! I hope you and your family have a wonderful 2014 Happy New Year!


  26. I looks and sounds delicious to me. I haven't seen black-eyed peas with the tomatoes cooked in them. But, my parents always stewed tomatoes to garnish their black-eyed peas.

    Happy New Year, Sarah. I wish you a year of joy and peace.

  27. We just had black eyed peas again tonight so I'm hoping we'll be double lucky. I look forward to what we share in this new year.

  28. This is a wonderful way to start the new year. As a Southerner myself, we too started with black eyed peas, greens and pork. Wishing you all the best in 2014!!

  29. What a lovely party. We had black-eyed peas as well. Here's hoping for a bright new year.

  30. I was just reading about black-eyed peas and I see above me Linda had them too. This is all new to me! How fun to have a traditional meal for New Year's! I adore your pewter soup toureen with its lovely cover! I hope 2014 is a wonderful year for you! How they fly.

  31. Hi Sarah, I am sure that my fellow New Englanders are missing out on this black-eyed peas idea! Your recipe looks and sounds delicious!! And I love guacamole. I could eat it on anything. Your dishes are wonderful with the dainty flowers and striped handles. I wish you a very happy and healthy New Year full of much joy. Linda

  32. Here's to a fabulous New Year to you and your family. What a fabulous--and lucky feast. I'm going to have to try that recipe.


  33. You put on quite a nice feast! I've never had black eyed peas! I know everyone in the south just sighed! I only heard about this tradition through blogging. Wishing you a lucky 2014!

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  35. the dishes . . . the bands of pewter . . . the linens . . . the food . . . all look wonderful.

    We celebrated quietly on New Year's Day with a family bicycle ride to Ojai and then a long walk with Lulu to experience the lowest tide of the season. We were standing on sand where we are normally in our kayaks.

  36. You always have a lovely table, Sarah. That is the cutest salad bowl!
    I have tried black-eyed peas several times, but they are just too earthy for my palette...the only other legume/bean I can think of that I am not crazy about are lima beans.
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  37. Peas and cabbage have been the tradition as long as I can remember. I love them both.

  38. Hi Sarah. We have lived in the south for 11 years but I haven't gotten around to making black eyed peas. Maybe next New Years!

  39. Cute dog. Beautiful and interesting post. Happy New Year!

  40. Happy New Year Sarah!
    It looks like you had the perfect start to the New Year.
    wishing you every thing wonderful in 2014!

  41. I wish I had been there to celebrate with you. What a great meal and table! You do everything well, Sarah.

    Wishing you the best for 2014!



  42. We did the black-eyed peas again this year along with collard greens which are also supposed to bring prosperity. We still have a little bit lift in the fridge. I'm going to scarf them down tonight. I want to be as prosperous as possible this year!!! :-)

    Happy New Year to you! Have a great week!

  43. Sarah,
    Yum! Your black-eyed peas recipe looks delicious! We have to try it our house, even if it is past new year's day.


  44. Sarah, what a lovely post! We, too, take our New Year's Day meal very seriously! We always have black-eyed peas, cornbread, greens and pork. I have never see a recipe like yours for the black-eyed peas. I would love to try it - thanks for sharing!

  45. You have so much more energy than I could muster for New Year's Day. Looks like a delightful gathering. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

  46. I like it when the food is the centerpiece on the table:@) Happy New Year Sarah, wishing you all the best in 2014-enjoy!

  47. I want to wish you all the best in 2014.
    You are such a nice person Sarah.
    Glad I "met" you:)x

  48. Your black eyed peas looked very delicious, Sarah.Happy 2014!

  49. Happy New Year! Your meal looks delicious! My family's tradition for good luck on New Year's Day is pork roast and sauerkraut. My husband's family did black-eyed peas, but I never did learn to cook them, so sauerkraut wins out in our house. ;-)

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  50. Dear Sarah,
    Your New Years buffet looks gorgeous. I love the prewter tureen, very elegant. Ant the perfect match to Quimper pottery. I wish you and yours a Happy New Year.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  51. Sarah, what a great post! We always have black eyed peas and cornbread! It's a must! You'll be ready for a grand 2014 now! I'm missed reading your blog. I think I'll be back in blogland now, drop in to see me!


  52. You are set for the new year! Love those Provencal pieces and linens!

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  53. O, yes...we've eaten BlackEyed Peas on NY's day all my life.
    We had some then and another pot cooked with ham hock this weekend. We like Hot Water Cornbread with ours, just like my mama used to make. :)

  54. O, yes...we've eaten BlackEyed Peas on NY's day all my life.
    We had some then and another pot cooked with ham hock this weekend. We like Hot Water Cornbread with ours, just like my mama used to make. :)

  55. I'm not sure if my previous comments went through but I love your fur baby in a sweater!

  56. Hi Sarah! Happy New Year! We had the guacamole. Now we need the black-eyed peas! I copied your recipe. Looks like a perfect winter meal. My Dallas kids have the shivers too! I have to send New Year cards because I missed everyone for Christmas! I'm glad you like them. My corner card shop only had two options. Love your cheery festive occasion!

  57. Looks like your New Years Day meal was YUMMY! Love your ant bowl, so cute. Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  58. Hi Sarah and Happy New Year to you! Oh, your blackeyed peas look so good! We had ours too. Your table is so lovely and I would have loved to have sat there and sampled those peas! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  59. What a homey, yummy meal, Sarah. We don't have the tradition of Black Eyed Peas up here, but I have learned about them from you and others in the south. I wish you and yours every blessing in 2014!
    PS I hope you are not experiencing the freakish cold weather that I've heard about!

  60. Hi, Sarah. It's Kelley, from Kelley Highway. Thank you again for dropping by and leaving your kind comment.

    I too prepare black eye peas for New Year's, only Mother always prepared black eye peas and rice, an oven-roasted chicken, curry sauce, jellied cranberry, slaw, dinner rolls and bbbbbutter. Yummy, yummy!

    A very happy New Year to you, dear!

  61. Sarah your table looks beautiful and the food sounds YUMMY!! Happy New Year!

  62. Happy New Year!…the table setting is beautiful and the wonderful food of New Year's day traditions look delicious…thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  64. Sarah, you are the third person that I have read that cooks black eyed peas for the New Year. I didn't know of that fun tradition. You Southern gals have a great dish for the New Year! Hate to admit, but I have never cooked or eaten black eyed peas. Think I need to give them a try. I love the pewter! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  65. Hi, Sarah. sometimes simple is so perfect as your table! I wish you a happy new year! ~Zuni

  66. My favorite champagne! Happy New Year to you all!


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