Happy New Year!

2012.  How did we get here so fast?  A new year.  A blank page.  All my blog pages seem to be blank these days.  I really would love to be blogging more.  So I’m making one (1) New Year’s Resolution.  Blog more.  I’m happier when I’m blogging.  So I better get busy, right?

If you don’t live in the South, you’re wondering what in the world this picture is doing here.  Black-eyed peas.  A southern New Year’s tradition.  Something about good luck for the year.  And you must eat them on New Year’s Day.  I confess that I spent a good number of years up north not eating black-eyed peas on January 1st.  But not any more. 

So this is what we had for lunch today.  And they were quite yummy.  I used Pioneer Woman’s recipe on her blog.  Only I used red peppers instead of green ones.  And I added the tomatoes she talks about.  Here’s the recipe…… even though now it’s too late to make them for good luck in 2012.  Well, unless you plan to eat them at just before midnight.  You might be able to get them in.

PW’s Black-eyed Peas

But the very best part of our meal?

The cornbread.  In an iron skillet.  And it’s vegan.  No eggs, no milk.  And it was the yummiest cornbread I’ve ever had.  Honest.  I’ll make it again soon and do step-by-step pics.  You need to try it.  Healthy.  Cornbread.  Do those two words go together? 

They do now.  At least they do at my house.  And we’ll be having cornbread a lot more often with all our soups, chilis and beans at our house.

Remember my resolution.  More blogging in 2012.  I expect you to hold me to my resolve.

Happy New Year!

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9 Responses to Happy New Year!

  1. Diane Heller says:

    Nothing better than Hoppin John on New Year’s Day. I grew up in the North where the traditional New Year’s Day was pork roast with sauerkraut. When we all get together, we have some of each.
    Love to see the cornbread recipe!

  2. Cyndie says:

    Awesome! You have definitely whetted my appetite. I love cornbread but rarely eat it because the recipes aren’t healthy, can’t wait for this one. Happy new year and thanks for your resolution to do more blogging, I for one am so looking forward to it.

  3. Patty Spinelli says:

    I can’t wait to get the recipe for the cornbread. I have also gone vegetarian. I am trying to
    go vegan but I am having trouble about giving up CHEESE!
    Happy New Year!

  4. Susan Bancroft says:

    I love BEP’s on New Year’s!! I made the traditional ones, but I also made PW’s “Zannie’s Black-Eyed Pea Dip,” and it was awesome! Bill and I stood there at the cooktop after it came out of the oven and MIGHT have eaten the whole thing….for breakfast!! (For dipping, we used those super-thin Xochital chips…more dip, less chip!) I also need your cornbread recipe, please!! Happy to see you blog again, Barb! 🙂

  5. sue says:

    The O’Kelleys had the very same meal on the January 1, as well. I am taking no chances on the luck thing this year!

  6. One must never tempt the fates. Always eat your Black-eyed Peas and cornbread before midnight on January 1st. Even if your luck doesn’t improve, it sure makes a great start to the new year. And the left overs get better every day! In fact I’m sure there’s a State Law involved here somewhere. I wouldn’t change a thing if I were you! Just sayin’!
    Have a blessed new year and pleasantly filled tummies!


  7. Carolyn says:

    I have missed your posts. I will look forward to your resolution! I, too would like the corn bread recipe. I always make mine in a cast iron skillet. I love the crunchy parts.

  8. Deb Rimmer says:

    Also looking forward to the healthy corn bread recipe. Quilting and cooking and wonderful blogging STYLE! Keep up the good work :-).

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