Sunday, December 30, 2018

Prepping for the New Year

Let's start in the kitchen!

It has been a few years since I cooked black eyed peas on New Year's Day. When the children were little, I made this every year. I'm not sure why I stopped. This meal is tasty, simple to make, and very nutritious.

Today's holiday meal prep was grocery shopping.  With my list in hand, I went to Walmart and Harris Teeter.  I also picked up a few items to make munchies for New Years Eve.


To make my black eyed peas, I bought green peppers, onions, the black eyed peas, and cayenne pepper.  I already had chicken stock, garlic, scallions, and ham. I also bought some frozen yeast rolls.  I could make them myself but then we would have a LOT of them and I'd rather just thaw and bake a few at a time.

Tomorrow, I will dice the vegetables and put them in the refrigerator until I need them.  Then I will sift through the black eyed peas to make sure there aren't any little stones in them.  Then I will rinse them and let them soak overnight in water.

Tuesday morning, I will drain the black eyed peas and pour them in my crockpot.  Next I'll add approximately 5 cups of chicken stock, the vegetables, the ham, and the seasonings.  This will cook on LOW for about 8 hours and then we'll have a nice New Year's Supper.

Do you have your New Year's Day meal planned?
If so, what are you having?

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8 comments:

  1. I had black eyed peas today and the priest wife told us that this was a traditional new years dish in the South!

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    1. Elizabeth, did you like them? Mine are all set to cook tomorrow and I can hardly wait!

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  2. I don't have a plan yet, but it will likely be some sort of soup. It's time to cut back a little after the lovely indulgences of Christmas. I've never had black-eyed peas, although I've certainly read about them. I've never seen them in the stores here.
    Happy New Year, Gina.

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    1. Happy New Year, Lorrie! They sell them here uncooked (like in my picture) and canned. I don't know how long the canned ones take to cook. (or what preservatives are in them).

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  3. Marvin always makes Hoppin John for NewYears...it is what we call it here in the south but it is the same recipe as yours . I prefer to eat my greens in a salad but many eat greens as it is a wish for more money in the new year.lol

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    1. Arlene, I know that collard greens are popular here with the black eyed peas. I'm passing on those. Cornbread too but I'm going with the yeast rolls. :-)

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  4. I bet making your traditional meal brought back memories. I like buying those rolls for special occasions to, it is nice to just thaw out what you need instead of having so much around.
    For lunch I made hubby's favorite Hot Chicken wings, for our supper we just cut up some summer sausage, cheese and crackers and I made a taco dip to go with our tortilla chips, that is our tradition is to have taco dip and chips on New Years eve :) Only time of year we have it.

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    1. Connie, hot chicken wings!!! Yum! I'd love to have your recipe! I make a taco dip usually on Super Bowl Sunday. Not too often as it must have a zillion calories!

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