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Who had black eyed peas today?

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  1. I did. At three places. Not including at a party last night.

      1. In the words of Bill The Cat....

         
        1. Me and Mrs. O. We'll have some again today, and probably share with a friend as well.

          1. Not this New Year's. But I did have White Canellini beans.

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              1. re: Khatru

                Well, actually, until moving to VA, I'd never had or would even think of having black-eye peas for New Year's.

                The legume of choice for New Year's in NY (at least in my family) was (& still is) lentils.

            1. I did. I live in Central PA, ( so Pork & Sauerkraut w/Mashed Potatos). My family from the South, so...(Black-eyed Peas, 5 Green(s) mixture , (Turnip, Kale, Mustard, Collards and Rape) and Rice. Everyone was Happy!

              1. No. I havnt had them in months. Is there a reason why I might have had them today?

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                1. re: Harters

                  American tradition to eat them on New Year's Day -- supposed to bring good luck,

                  1. re: pikawicca

                    Unless you're in Pennsylvania Dutch country. Then it's pork and sauerkraut.

                    Edit: Oops, I just saw that someone else had already mentioned that.

                    1. re: pikawicca

                      Thanks. You folks do have some weird traditions :-)

                      1. re: Harters

                        I have heard of this tradition- but in the Northeast- at least the Boston area, it is not a traditional food for New Years Day. As a matter of fact, there is really no traditional food for New Years Day- but a lot of people in this area always have Chinese Food on New Years Eve.

                        1. re: macca

                          I thought it was Chinese food on Christmas day for Jewish people?

                          1. re: rccola

                            Could be- but here in the Boston area, it is Chinese on NYE! Have been celebrating like this my entire life!!

                      2. re: pikawicca

                        Isn't it more an American southern tradition? I grew up in northern NJ and had never heard of this tradition until the Internet. And then it always seemed it was BEPs, some type of pork, cooked collard greens, and cornbread.

                    2. Daughter made them and they were delicious. Hoppin' John, porky-good. With greens and more pork.

                      1. Oh brother. I just knew someone would bring this up:-) we were sidetracked NYE and are having them tonight. I told my husband better late than never and he agreed. So here we go. Good luck to us for the next year for those of you who don't understand.

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                        1. re: miss_belle

                          ...supposed to have 'em on New Year's Day! Not NYE.

                          1. re: Khatru

                            Isn't that funny. Our family tradition has always been to have them NYE to prepare for the new year. Along with the understanding that the next day was late but better than no black-eyed peas at all.

                        2. I made black-eyed peas and Collard Green Soup for New Years Day. I make a huge pot and to share with friends and family, pay it forward and spread the good luck and fortune!

                          Simple recipe found on Whole Foods.

                          1. I don't suppose that menudo counts, but it's the tradition here. I had two bowls full.

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                            1. re: EWSflash

                              I applaud that. I've never been where it was a tradition, although given its purported morning-after curative qualities I can see why it'd be at least a habit. Best of all is that it has those earthy, lusty flavors that characterize a lot of other NY dishes; it fits right in. And it just occurred to me that although it's not at all traditional, some kale or collard greens would be really good in that.

                              Any route to a good Happy New Year is a good and happy one.

                            2. Not this year. I had them last year.

                              1. I made hoppin john from this recipe and it was delicious!

                                http://gardenandgun.com/article/hoppi...

                                We live in the south and eat black eyed peas often, but always on New Year's Day.

                                1. Yup--had leftover Hoppin' John and cornbread for lunch today. Dinner last night was the same (plus a pork chop for my very carnivorous husband). Darn tasty stuff.

                                  1. Today, yesterday and the day before that!!!
                                    With ham hocks and collard greens!!!

                                    Good Luck for 2013!!

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                                    1. Yup, with rice, oxtails and corn bread. Yum!

                                      1. had it Christmas eve... i was not a fan of my friend's recipe I think. I love beans but black eyed peas did little for me. will have to try them next time I go to the south! :)

                                        1. Yup!

                                          Made a small pot of black-eyed peas. Served with rice it becomes a week-long tradition!

                                          For New Years I prefer a very simple preparation. The beans produce such a hearty comfy flavor when cooked low and slow that they don't need a lot of other ingredients imo.

                                          1. We had dinner on New Year's Day at a friend's house. She made a great one-dish Southern meal...it had black eyed peas, greens chopped smaller than usual and Andouille sausage, topped with a cornbread mixture and baked.

                                            The cornbread layer was moist and spicy, and the rest was just delicious! I'm not even going to ask her for the recipe- I'm going to make sure that's where I'm invited next New Year's Day!

                                            1. I made some on New Year's Day.

                                              1. Had a can on the shelf- drained them, baked them just a bit (about ten minutes, just to dry them off) and fried them in nice hot oil for two or three minutes 'til they were nice and crispy outside and still slightly creamy inside. Dusted them with smoked paprika, garlic powder and a little bit of Herbamare, and had 'em with a bowl of collards with butter and salt. Very easy and super tasty, surprisingly excellent munching. And, of course, I'm hoping 2013 will be a luckier year for all of us. But I'd do it again just for the snackisfaction!