Hoppin’ New Year

Black-eyed peas and collard greens have always been a staple in our household, and my mom being a true southerner served them throughout the year…… especially on New Year’s Day. The custom of serving the peas and greens on the first day of the year stems from the belief they will bring good luck to whoever eats them. There are many recipes for cooking these beans, more popularly known as “Hoppin’ John”. My aunts and uncles each had their own style of preparing the dish.

My Aunt Glenn and my mother both would have the pots on the stove early on New Year’s Day as the meal must be eaten before midnight. Their menu was simple: black-eyed peas, ham-hocks, smoked neck-bones with ribs as a side dish and rice.

The stories and theories as to the origins of this meal is something I’m still researching and hope to share next year. But in the meantime, stay safe and have a most prosperous New Year!!!


December 21st

Friends are enjoying the winter solstice by watching the sunset on Guia de Isora. They’re on the western part of the island of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands for the holidays. Today the sun is at its lowest point in the sky and will be the shortest day of the year. Just imagine …. in a few weeks the days will begin to lengthen and warmer weather will return!!!

Enjoy the season,