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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Black Eyed Peas, Collard Greens and Apple, Dijon Pork Chop



Happy New Year Everyone!

I thought I would give you a little history as to why black eyed peas are thought to bring good luck by eating on New Year's Day.  According to Wikipedia,  the traditional meal features black eyed peas, collard, turnip or mustard greens and pork.  The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity and good luck; the greens symbolize money; the pork, because pigs root forward when foraging, represents positive motion.  

To be within the tradition of New Year's Day I have made Black Eyed Peas, Collard Greens and Apple Dijon Pork Chops.
I hope that you have had a safe celebration of the New Year and lots of black eyed peas for good luck!





Black Eyed Peas:


Rinse Peas.  Pick through and take out mushy peas and the bits.


Rinse one last time and bring the water to a boil.


Put peas in boiling water and simmer for 30 minutes, add additional hot water to keep peas covered during cooking.


The water looks brownish as the peas begin to cook.  Keep cooking at least for 1 hour before you taste the juice and peas.  At that time you can add salt and the bacon and or smoked meat.




After you add the bacon, cook for another 30 minutes reducing the juice.  Taste the peas and make sure they are tender and flavorful.  Add salt it needed. 

The Recipe:

Black Eyed Peas


1 quart of fresh Black Eyed Peas
2 slices Apple wood smoked bacon
Salt and Pepper to taste


Rinse peas thoroughly.   Pick through peas for soggy peas and discard unwanted matter other than firm peas.  Take away any other strange objects, vines etc.  Rinse peas again.  Bring six cups of water to a boil.  Add peas to boiling water and reduce to a simmer.  Cook for thirty minutes.  Add extra hot water if the water has depleted down to the level of the peas or below.  (You want to maintain the water level above the peas about one to two inches).  Cook for an additional thirty minutes.  At this point you need to taste and add salt to your taste.  Also add the bacon to the peas.  Cook for another thirty minutes.  You can season your peas with Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce if it suite your taste.

Be sure not to cook down all your liquid.  You need some to sop up with your cornbread!

Happy Eating



Happy New Year everyone and I hope you eat a lot of peas for good luck in 2013!

Collard Greens:




Place smoked turkey wings in a stock pot along with three quarts of water.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.


Meanwhile, remove the stems that run down the center by holding the leaf in your left hand and stripping the leaf down with your right hand.


Wash greens throughly.


Stack six to eight leaves on top of one another, roll up and slice into one-half to one inch slices.


Remove turkey wings from the pot.  Place greens in pot with the broth from the turkey wings and cook for another forty five minutes to one hour, stirring occasionally.  When done, taste and adjust seasoning.   






Collard Greens
1 lb. smoked turkey wings
1 lb. or large bunch of collard greens
3 quarts of water
salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, bring three quarts of water to a boil and add smoked turkey wings.  Reduce heat and cook for 45 minutes.

Wash the collard greens thoroughly.  Remove the stems that run down the center by holding the leaf in your left hand and stripping the leaf down with your right hand.  Stack six to eight leaves on top of one another, roll up and slice into one-half to one inch slices.  Remove wings from the pot.  Place greens in pot with the broth from the turkey wings.  Cook for another forty five minutes to one hour, stirring occasionally.  When done taste and adjust seasoning to your taste.


Apple, Dijon Pork Chops




The Recipe:
Apple, Dijon Pork Chops

2 pork chops, 2" bone in chops
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon white wine
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried Thyme
1 green apple

Oil baking dish.  Place pork chops in baking dish.  Mix the Dijon, honey, wine, rosemary and thyme together.  Pour mixture over the chops.  Core and slice apple and place apple on top of chops and remainder around the chop.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until it reaches 145 degrees.  Serve with apples and sauce drizzled over chops.

Happy Eating and Happy New Year!  Yea 2013!





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