Happy New Year! (and Hoppin’ John)

I quit ringing in the New Year a long time ago. I honestly can’t recall the last time I was up to see the ball drop in Times Square, or to even watch the acorn drop in downtown Raleigh. This year I went to bed at nine p.m., nursing a head cold, or something I’ve picked up and once there, I read a little of Tara Westover’s, EDUCATED before the book was falling out of my hands at like, oh, I don’t know, nine-o-five p.m.

One thing, however, that will happen here at our house for New Year’s day is making a good old traditional meal called Hoppin’ John. You know we here in the South love our collards and black-eyed peas on just about any occasion, but today, it’s about good fortune. Depending on the source where you can read about the history of this meal, in some accounts, the peas represent coins, and the greens paper money. Or the peas represent good luck, and the greens – well, still money.

In Wikipedia, the article written takes into consideration some of these variations on the tradition. It doesn’t matter to me exactly what’s the real reason behind it – all I know is it’s GOOD, and we love it. Over rice, topped with chopped onions, tomatoes, (maybe a splash of vinegar) and a side of cornbread, of course!

The peas are already on and boiling

The greens ready to add into the slow cooker with the peas

Finished result – not mine, but hopefully it’ll look this good! Yum.

Happy New Year to all!

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