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Black-Eyed Peas
A Southern Tradition for Luck and Prosperity in the New Year


...these flavorful legumes are traditionally, according to Southern folklore, the first food to be eaten on New Year's Day for luck and prosperity throughout the year ahead.

The practice of eating black-eyed peas for luck is generally believed to date back to the Civil War. At first planted as food for livestock, and later a food staple for slaves in the South, the fields of black-eyed peas were ignored as Sherman's troops destroyed or stole other crops, thereby giving the humble, but nourishing, black-eyed pea an important role as a major food source for surviving Confederates.

Today, the tradition of eating black-eyed peas for the New Year has evolved into a number of variations and embellishments of the luck and prosperity theme including:

* Served with greens (collards, mustard or turnip greens, which varies regionally), the peas represent coins and the greens represent paper money. In some areas cabbage is used in place of the greens.

* Cornbread, often served with black-eyed peas and greens, represents gold.

* For the best chance of luck every day in the year ahead, one must eat at least 365 black-eyed peas on New Year's Day.

* Black-eyed peas eaten with stewed tomatoes represent wealth and health.
Popular Ways to Serve Black-Eyed Peas
Even most avid fans of black-eyed peas will concede that enjoying the flavor, frequently described as nutty, earthy and buttery, is an acquired taste. Whether to enhance or disguise the flavor, depending on your point of view, there are several popular ways to serve black-eyed peas, other than as a simple side dish:

* Hoppin' John - Although served throughout the year as well, Hoppin' John is one of the most traditional New Year's Eve and New Year's Day dishes in the South. Black-eyed peas are cooked with rice, pork (such as chopped pork or ham, hog jowls or hambones, fatback or bacon) and seasonings. Sometimes chopped onions and hot sauce are added. Hoppin' John and other New Year's Recipes from About.com's Guide to Southern Cooking

* Texas (Black-Eyed Pea) Caviar - This is a popular casual alternative that blends Southern and Mexican flavors with black-eyed peas and is usually served with tortilla chips. Texas Black-Eyed Pea Caviar Dip Recipe from About.com's Guide to Southern Cooking

* Black-Eyed Pea Salad - There are many recipes for salads made with black-eyed peas, a good choice for a side dish served with other dishes. Visit About.com's Guide to Southern Cooking for the following version, made with a cider vinegar and basil dressing. Black-Eyed Peas Salad with Basil Dressing

To Eat or Not to Eat Black-Eyed Peas
Whether you choose to follow the Southern New Year's tradition or not, black-eyed peas are a good source of nutrition. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, black-eyed peas are low in fat, contain no cholesterol, and are low in sodium. They are high in potassium, iron, and fiber and a one-half cup serving of cooked black-eyed peas counts as one ounce of lean meat from the Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs and Nuts Group of the Food Guide Pyramid. Black-Eyed Peas Nutritional Information from About.com's Guide to Nutrition.

More About Black-Eyed Peas
Black-eyed peas are actually not peas at all, but rather a variety of bean related to the cowpea and categorized as legumes, having both edible seeds and pods. According to the Library of Congress, they have been cultivated in China and India since pre-historic times and were eaten by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Early records from 1674 indicate that black-eyed peas were transported from West Africa to the West Indies by slaves. Subsequently, they reached the Lowcountry coastal regions of the Carolinas and Georgia, also via the slave trade, more than 300 years ago.
http://gosoutheast.about.com/od/restaura...edpeas.htm
thanks... I knew about the folding green and the peas for good luck but never the corn bread for the gold... we be rich in crumbly gold... <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/cheers.gif" alt="Cheers" title="cheers" />
black eye peas!
Yak

(s'alright, I don't like Tater salad OF ANY KIND either.)

Some southern boy..

Now the Collards Ham and Corn bread..
mmmmm...
Quote:black eye peas!
Yak

(s'alright, I don't like Tater salad OF ANY KIND either.)

Some southern boy..

Now the Collards Ham and Corn bread..
mmmmm...
Wha' happened? Did they feed you the kind from a can?
I survived lots of lean times on blackeyed peas, but they was the homegrown kind.
not any kind!
for me it's the difference between yuck and unbearable.
it's the only kind of bean I don't like.
so I'll have pintos instead
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AGREED™

l hate tater salad and casseroles.

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The anti tater salad coalition!
you both would not only like MY tater salad... you'd both love it. I've turned many a tater salad hater into a lover. Really. Lol

I've a house full of young punks... they'll find this amusement and this generation is frugal in their own ways-
I will be cooking up a pot of black eyed peas with ham and some cornbread to go with it sometime tomorrow.

Happy New Year, HM!!!!

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I just put in the cornbread- and realized that 2008 is a ONE year- a beginning year with 2007 being an ending NINE year.

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I love blackeyed peas, especially Fergie.

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Seriously, I was introduced to BEP's when I was a little kid on family vacation in Tennessee (sp?) at my maternal grandparent's. My grandmother made the best fried chicken on the planet. Collet greens and BEP's rounds it out. Oh, for the simple, glorious days of old.
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(s'alright, I don't like Tater salad OF ANY KIND either.)

AGREED™

l hate tater salad and casseroles.

Rofl Rofl
Tuna casserole made with tuna, noodles, mushroom soup and peas is how you test to find the real men. Only women and children will eat tuna casserole. A man will just scowl and go look for a sirloin or some pork chops.
I only tried that delicacy once... my father would never eat that 'kind of shit'... though quite the enthusiast for any one pot meal he was always creating...and mine always thought Hamburger Helper's were an exotic addition to the menus... lol

I made an awesome oven dinner the other night... damn it was perfect. I had some pork chops cut into like...medallions, really tender filets. And I put them in a big huge pan and put two packets of dried onion soup mix on them, and a lot of water and cooked them... no wait, I cooked them first in the big pan in the oven at about 375 and they got pretty browned and nice pretty quick... THEN I added a lot of water that I had dissolve a lot of chicken boullion into and heated so it was hot when I poured it in that pan... then I made up two rice kits-cheese and broccoli and put them in their own pan. All of the rice kit parts in at once... and put them in the oven while I cooked that liquid covered pork medallions some more... then I took the meat pan out and made gravy with cornstarch in the pan with everything still in it and put it back in the oven til the rice was done.

Dinner was cooked pretty effortlessly and without additional fats within 45 minutes... I made a big pot of broccoli and put a chunk of butter on it when drained and smothered that in Parmesan... I owed a crew of guys working for me dinner and they could not believe how delicious this simple meal was. They were all big gravy lovers so that there was so much made the guys *smile*... lol dinner for 6 for under $8/9 dollars and in less time than a trip out for icky old fast food.
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(s'alright, I don't like Tater salad OF ANY KIND either.)

AGREED™

l hate tater salad and casseroles.

Rofl Rofl
Tuna casserole made with tuna, noodles, mushroom soup and peas is how you test to find the real men. Only women and children will eat tuna casserole. A man will just scowl and go look for a sirloin or some pork chops.[/quote]

Amen!!!! My mom used to make that crap and I'd head to McDonald's.
Blackeyed peas, cornbread, canalope, and.....CORNMEAL FRIED OKRA!!
Spinkle on a little green pepper juice and WOW!
Only purely vegetarian meal I ever counted anywhere near the top of the list.
Dad and Sis were born in Texas, and Mom was born and raised in Texarkana, Arkansas.
They all knew how to cook that kind of food. I learned how to enjoy (Hell, there was no learning how, it was so hard to beat it) that type of food, but so many claim such fried diets are hard on the heart these days.
Well, I guess I'll live till I die cause I sure can't give up homemade deep fried apricot pies, southern fried chicken, Okra, BBQ ribs, either Babyback, or big 'ole racks of beef ribs slow cooked over charcoal and Hickory chips. Pan fried trout or smallmouth black bass rolled in cornmeal.
Now all that is livin'.
I have been keeping to fresh foods, like salad and fruit for the past few daze fsbirdhouse and now I'm really hungry for big food again!

I was at the store the other day and got to talking with the cashier about how good those little gobs of frozen dough that you let rise and bake yourself are... and Lmao

your people fed you right that you have the foodie memories ingrained in your soul too... I swear I can smell and taste my grandma's Great White Northern beans that she'd cook so slow and gentle that they were so incredibly delicious... flavored up with ham hocks and sprinkled with the hot pepper juice out of the jar... she's been gone since the 60's... she used to let us sneak Kraut out of her big crock on the back porch which she seasoned with caraway seeds... and let us play games with the big banana peppers she's scrunch up and fold til they fit in her canning jars... we didn't have toys to play with---only each other, things we'd come across and food! lol

here's a pic of my grandma and we four little heathens... lol

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Quote:your people fed you right that you have the foodie memories ingrained in your soul too... I swear I can smell and taste my grandma's Great White Northern beans that she'd cook so slow and gentle that they were so incredibly delicious... flavored up with ham hocks and sprinkled with the hot pepper juice out of the jar...
My grandpa cooked beans like that, too. Except his tastebuds were gone, so he salted the daylights out of his portion, covered up the salt with black pepper and smothered it all with tabasco sauce.
My dad was raised in Idaho lumber camps in the 1920s and his family's way of announcing that dinner was ready was to holler "LITTLE WHITE BEANS ON THE TABE!"...(they always said tabe instead of table.)
Gardener,
How do you people do dat?
I mean post personal pictures?
I guess I haven't read all the new features this upscale forum has to offer now, but when it comes to computers I am so illiterate, I probably couldn't understand easy directions.
I made a statement a couple years ago about catching fish as long as my arm here in the Snake river, but then realized it sounded exagerated. I've got the pictures on the computer to prove it but don't know how to post them.
Vianova put a picture of a nice big trout on that thread back then, and I've been ashamed ever since! Ha!
Not Gard, but you upload them somewhere on the net, like Photobucket, and post the link to them between the thingies.
http://photobucket.com/

Free hosting and allows hotlinking. There should be instructions at the url. When you post a pic, it will be furnished with several tags including "IMG" which replaces the function of the Img button here. You'd just highlight your pic's IMG tag at Photobucket, copy, then past in your post here. You won't even have to use the Img "thingies" here. If I can do it, you can do it! :uni:
Quote:Gardener,
How do you people do dat?
I mean post personal pictures?
I guess I haven't read all the new features this upscale forum has to offer now, but when it comes to computers I am so illiterate, I probably couldn't understand easy directions.
I made a statement a couple years ago about catching fish as long as my arm here in the Snake river, but then realized it sounded exagerated. I've got the pictures on the computer to prove it but don't know how to post them.
Vianova put a picture of a nice big trout on that thread back then, and I've been ashamed ever since! Ha!

Fsbirdhouse my friend, you go to where Val linked you to... make an account-then it will have a space with a browse button to the right of it... hit browse and find the picture wherever you've stored it and highlight it and then hit save on the computer window and then photobucket will download them to your photobucket account.

You have to scan them into your computer or download them from your digital camera to get them on your computer.

Oh, good you've already got it in your computer so just find the file where it's at- hit the browse button on the right of the big space once you get your photobucket account and VOILA... then to post them = now photobucket has it already to go-once it downloads into photobucket there'll be 3 rows of urls to use for different things...

the bottom one if you just hit it and do a control C it copies it... then paste it otherwise you copy it and go uptop of our posting screen and once you've pasted your picture's url highlight that and hit the Img button...

I know you can do it, so baby get to it!

Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson on harp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6_8oDEOGmQ
O and hit Ctrl N for a new window and split them in half so you can read the directions as you get down to it! I want to see that fish too... <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/applause.gif" alt="Applause" title="applause" />
Thanks ladies,
My son is coming up from Pocatello tonight, and I'll get him to help me through the instructions you sent. If all goes well I'll post some pictures here tonight or in morning.
Over the years I've probably taken pictures of about 2% of my catch off of the river here in town, so I have lot's of pictures. I guess I should scan them an save them to computer as well.
After my last hard drive froze up with a lot of my pics scanned onto it..I put a lot of them into my photobucket account. Two places kept are better than one! good luck... it's easier than it sounds.
CDs are good storage places, too.
<img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/dunno.gif" alt="Dunno" title="dunno" /> I don't have a CD burner on my machine... wahhh everybody's always got the good stuff! hell, maybe I even do, never even looked at it I was desperate to get hooked back up after the deep freeze.
http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj17 ... ure048.jpg

This fish was caught this fall about two hundred yards from the front door of my home.
Only got as far as posting the link to picture from photobucket.
What step am I missing for complete picture display in this thread?
The Img brackets?
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Hey! I got it figured out!
That is a nice fish! Hi
Why thanks Valentine!
too, you know you can go back into your own posts and edit them Fs... I can go fix that pic if you want me to... you are a cutie and the fish is... ummm gorgeous. How much did that big guy weigh? I cooked one like that a few months ago.. It was about 3/4 that size so I just chopped right through the whole thing 3x and braised it...fed about 6 people.

I've got a neighbor who went out fishing this morning. He said they catch a lot of perch and he'd give me a bunch of them if they were lucky. Asked me if I knew how to cook fish... LOL

I can't catch them but I can cook them.

Cheers
Quote:That is a nice fish! Hi
What Val said.

(BTW, when I need to figure out computer stuff, I ask the kid.)
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