January 1, 2015

Black Eyed Peas and Happy New Year!




My childhood home was one block from my grandparent's home.  I would walk from my house to their house.   Everyone, friends and family, always used the back door.  As a matter of fact, my grandmother had a sign that hung on her back door that said "Back Door Guests are Always Best".   When I would enter through her back door, I would be met with the familiar aroma of something delicious cooking on her 1940's gas stove.  I spent a lot of time at their house, and a lot of time in my grandmother's kitchen watching her cook for herself and my grandfather.  She was a wonderful cook, and I think like most good cooks, she found great pleasure in doing it. 

I had ham left over from Christmas, and I put the peas and the ham in a crockpot and cooked them all day today.  As I was preparing them this morning, I fondly remembered how they would eat black eyed peas on a plate - not in a bowl - and thought it would be a great New Year's Day blog post.  My grandfather always used a regular sized plate for every meal, and my grandmother always used a salad plate.  I often eat on a salad plate myself.  Smaller portions, you know.

This is such an easy meal to fix just like anything you do in a Crockpot.  I did a quick soak of the peas this morning according to the directions on the package.  I placed the peas in a crockpot with a package of black eyed peas, one medium sized onion (diced), one-half jalapeƱo pepper (diced), salt, pepper, and covered the peas with water and cooked in the Crockpot on low all day.  (I did cook the peas on high for a few hours,)

That's all there is to it.  Easy, comforting, old-fashioned cooking.  



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