Happy New Year!

Black-Eyed PeasMy friend Amy Achilles Stefanos turned me on to the fact that in the south eating black-eyed peas is a New Year’s tradition.  Those of us in the north had never heard this, but if it brings me (and my new blog) luck in the coming year I’m all for it.

Not knowing exactly how to prepare them I went to the Allrecipes app and started to search.   With lots of options to choose from I went with a soup made with smoked turkey and hot sausage (substituting chicken sausage for the beef sausage the recipe called for).   This was a very easy and tasty recipe to make – once I found a store that carried frozen black-eyed peas and the smoked turkey leg.   I struck out looking at Shaw’s, Price Chopper, Stop & Shop and Trader Joe’s.  It wasn’t until my wife suggested we try a Price Right since it carried more ethnic foods that I hit pay dirt.  I suspect Amy didn’t have this same problem down in Dallas!

Served this, with warm cornbread, to my in-laws as well as some friends visiting on New Year’s Day.  You can find the full recipe here. Highly recommend it!

Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Black-Eyed Pea Soup

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5 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Amy

    Yum, Bob! Looks and sounds like you cooked these up right. Hope this becomes a New Year’s tradition for you as well.

    p.s. You’re correct. Our grocery stores had stacks of dried, canned AND frozen within an arm’s reach.

  2. Jacqui

    Could have asked me! Not all Northerners are in the dark on this one! We have had black-eye peas for many dinners on New Year’s including this one where we had Black eye pea stew (made with sausage too!) and of course greens for money! Hope your meal brings lots of luck in 2013!


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