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Old 12-31-2007, 07:35 AM   #21
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When I first moved to Texas I'd never heard of the ham hocks, black-eyed peas, cornbread and greens combination for New Year's.

It's become tradition. It's fun! Enjoy.
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:07 AM   #22
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I'll be joining you Uncle Bob. I always make some black-eyed peas and ham on New Years Day.
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:14 AM   #23
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Your menu is on the money, Bob; mine differs only in the greens, which will be a mix of Collards, Mustard greens and kale.
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:52 AM   #24
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Am I the only one that will be eating black-eyed peas and hog jowl/ham hock/pork of some kind on New Years Day?????

I'll also have a pone of Cornbread that will make you wanna slap ya mammy!!
The black eyed peas were pretty good when I had them in the Army but I didn't get a recipe. Could you please tell us how you make them??
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:58 AM   #25
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I cook the blackeyed peas with some ham, then the rice is cooked separate. We don't have greens, but our "green" is cole slaw. We also have some good cornbread with NO sugar. When the food is plated, it will be a serving of rice with blackeyed peas served over and diced sweet onion on top and cornbread along side. My mother uses hog jowl, but I don't. The ham is a good flavoring for the peas. We only have the peas one time a year. I don't enjoy the taste or the texture, so it is only for tradition that I serve them. The rest of the meal I enjoy.
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Old 12-31-2007, 09:22 AM   #26
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The black eyed peas were pretty good when I had them in the Army but I didn't get a recipe. Could you please tell us how you make them??
Morning Bill. Happy New Year!

I don't have a 'formal' recipe for black-eyed peas. It's more of a seat-of the- pants deal for me. Here are some basic ideas. Use dry peas that come in 1 pound bags. About 1/2 bag will make a nice pot for 2 or 3 folks. Cover well and soak the peas over night in plain water. This re-hydrates them speeding up the cooking time. Pour off the excess water (there should be some, so soak in plenty of water) Boil/simmer the peas in water until done. Seasoning meats can be almost anything. Hog jowl, ham hocks, bacon, chunks of ham, andouille, tasso, smoked pork neck bones, country ham, a ham bone, etc. etc. Other seasongs can include, onion, bell pepper, garlic, parsley, green onions, salt, and pepper to name a few. The simplest idea is just boil/simmer them, seasoned with some type of seasoning meat with salt and pepper. From there just...

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Old 12-31-2007, 10:25 AM   #27
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Oh yeah!!!! Black eyed peas, collard greens, cornbread, sweet taters, sliced ham, iced tea and apple cobbler for dessert!!!
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I`m not sure if this counts or even if it would meet anyones standards, but this was last nights dinner:
hmmmmmm looks pretty good, but more like red beans than black-eyed peas...
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yes, it`s red beans, it`s all I had in other than Haricot.
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Old 12-31-2007, 11:03 AM   #30
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Here in southern Il, the tradition is ham'n beans (using the last of the Christmas ham), corn bread and cabbage. If a hambone is not available, hog jowl or ham hocks are used.
We'll be cooking ours tonight, as our youngest grandson's 10th birthday is tomorrow, and he wants cheeseburgers for his birthday dinner.
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