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Thread: Eating black eyed peas on new year's day - the history

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltjoey View Post
    I was born in Georgia. My Mom died at age 91 a few years ago. We always had black-eyed peas, collards or turnips, ham of some kind, and cornbread for New Years Day. She said the black-eyed peas represented coin money, collards/turnips were paper money, and ham to be thankful to have meat to eat. She grew up in the depression era and her mother died when she was 8 years old.
    For New Year's Day I cooked black-eyed peas (local fresh-frozen from Publix), collards out of my husband's garden and roasted a chicken. The peas and collards were cooked with smoked ham bones. It is a tradition I remember since I can remember! MMMMMMMM, Good.

    I also learned to cook the pork and sauerkraut while we were stationed in Germany in the 60's and cook it occasionally at different times. Sear and brown the pork tenderloin or what ever type you choose. I use two jars of regular kraut and 1 jar of Barvarian type. Rinse it good because the kraut contains a lot of salt. Put the kraut in the crock pot cover with water, add the carmelized pork and cook all day, 5-6 hours. The pork just falls apart. Make a thickening out of flour or cornstarch to thicken the kraut and pork. Make mashed potatoes to serve with it. MMMMMMMM, good!
    My family loves it.

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    Yesterday, and for many years in the past, we have been enjoying "Hoppin Johns" and greens at the home of a friend who was originally from the south. Her recipe included the black-eyed peas, rice and ham and was served with collard greens. I must admit that this year they were her best ever and I had second helpings. I love the tradition and the food which tastes great to a gal from the San Francisco Bay Area who loves her grits as well.

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    We have our Black-eyed peas for New Years. (and through out the year)
    We served Black-eyed peas, ham, corn bread and green beans.

    I cooked up the dried beans with garlic, onion and ham Hock. We love Black-eyed peas in our home!


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    That is good to know. New Year's Day was for watching football in our house so when my mom would fix it we had the black eyed peas and cornbread on New Year's Eve which wasn't every year. She also served it with fried salt pork. (My family was from Kansas.) My husband's family was from WA State so they never are either one. One year my husband and I were spending New Year's with his aunt (from Missouri) and she made the traditional meal - I was so thrilled, until I ate her black eyed peas - which she failed to season, and the cornbread was so dry it was hard to swallow. I thought every older woman could cook like my mother - boy was I wrong.

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    I'm from Texas and have always eaten black eyed peas on the New Year. I grow a small garden each summer and make sure i plant peas to last through the next year. I shell them and put them in the freezer and serve them whenever we want them and always on on the 1st.

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    I have never eaten black-eyed peas. In our family in Illinois we always had oyster stew for New Years. We could get oysters in any month with a R in the name. So not in the summer as they would not stay fresh shipped on railroad cars from the Gulf.

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    Thank you for posting this! My adult daughter asked me about the history of eating the peas this New Year's and I didn't know. Just did it because my Mama always had them and it is Southern tradition. When I married in 1979 and moved to Ohio ("up North") Mama INSISTED I pack China Doll black eyed peas and cornmeal....which she was pretty sure were not available in the Yankee regions. I have a hoard of them in my pantry even now....

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    Thank you for the history lesson! I've never had black-eyed peas, but would be willing to try them.
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    We also had blackeyed peas -I have never liked them - maybe that explains things---LOL
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