Happy New Year! Here is a recipe from my food/restaurant/eating blog:

Mouth Brothels

My family is a stickler for having black eyed peas on New Year’s Day. The rest of meal could change but it still had to center around this little legume. These beans really swell when cooked, so they’ve come to symbolize prosperity and plenty of people believe that eating such meager fare on the 1st of January will bring better tidings for the rest of the year.

I took the bone from the holiday ham my parent’s had and used it as the base for Hoppin’ John. This traditional rice and bean dish is a good hearty way to see in the New Year.

hoppin john and cornmeal

Hoppin’ John

1 tablespoon bacon grease
1 large ham hock
1 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 pound black-eyed peas, soaked overnight and rinsed
1 quart chicken stock
Bay leaf
1 heaping teaspoon of Creole seasoning…

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