Green onions are sprinkled atop the plated hoppin john

Hoppin’ John

When I read other people’s blogs, and they talk about having a taste for something or a craving, I often think that’s a weird way to begin their blog post, unless they’re pregnant, when it’s completely understandable.   This post is probably punishment for being so judgmental, and I would like to apologize for my behavior, not that I actually posted a rude comment or anything.  I just feel guilty.   This is a really weird confession to make, but I had a weird craving.  I woke up one morning, and as I was going through my usual morning activities […]

Hoppin John Soup is a hearty and delicious New Year's Day treat

Hoppin John Soup

For as long as I can remember, I have begun the new year with black eyed peas, cornbread and cabbage.  My mother assured me that these items were necessary for health and prosperity in the new year.  It was a southern tradition that I grew up with. In my childhood, New Year’s Day  meant a pot of black eyed peas and stewed or fried  cabbage served alongside  some ham with a warm piece of cornbread.  When I left home, I continues the tradition, but my husband was not a fan of black eyed peas.  For him, I began making Hoppin’ […]