Our grandson turned one! Oh how the days are long but the years are short! His mother threw a wonderful Dr Seuss party for the family and everyone had a great time! All the decorations were so cute and fun. She wants to decorate his room with Oh The Places You'll Go story so I made a quilt and framed two of the pages to help get her started.
There are a lot of traditions that are observed around the world on New Year's Day and here in the southern United States it is eating black eyed peas for good luck. The tradition dates back to our Civil War in the 1860's. At first planted as food for livestock, and later a food staple for slaves, the fields of black-eyed peas were ignored as General 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.
One of my favorite ways to serve them is with rice, ham and tomatoes in a dish called Hoppin' John.
Old South Hoppin' John
Cheap. Fast. Good!
by Beverly Mills & Alicia Ross
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped ham
2 tsp mince garlic
4 cups chicken broth
1tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cup long grain rice
2 cans (15 oz) black-eyed peas
1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes
saute onion and garlic a couple of minutes in oil then add ham
next add chicken broth and spices and bring to a boil
add rice and lower heat to simmer 20 minutes
while rice cooks drain and rinse peas
When rice is done add tomatoes and black-eyed peas.
Cook, stirring, until the tomatoes and peas are thoroughly mixed in with the rice.