Thursday, January 1, 2009

No Chestnuts, but an Open Fire




I dined on one of the traditional "lucky" New Year's Day foods at my daughter's home this evening: Hoppin' John, a combination of seasoned blackeyed peas and rice. My son-in-law, who is a pretty good cook (actually, he's a really good cook, but I don't want to inflate his ego too much), prepared the meal. In addition to the blackeyed peas and rice, he baked a delicious cornbread casserole, and dressed up a spiral-cut ham with a liberal application of maple-flavored Log Cabin Syrup. Yummy!!


The front section of their large home (living room, dining room, kitchen and den) is heated during the winter by a wood-burning stove. We had a lovely fire this evening to take off the chill, and I couldn't resist getting a few photos of the flickering flames.


I came back home warm and full of good food, an altogether satisfactory end to the first day of this new year.

6 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Pat, So you all had Hoppin' John also. I make it every year--and it's delicious.

Sounds like you had the first of many great days in 2009.

Hugs,
Betsy
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TSannie said...

I'm having my Hoppin' John tomorrow - too darn lazy to make it today. O bother!

JC said...

I don't think I've ever had Hopping Johns. I've done the blackeyed peas and greens. HAPPY 2009.

Moannie said...

Whatever it is it sounds delicious. JP and I eat rice a lot. Today we are going to have my special prawn curry and rice. I'll make a lot, as usual then tomorrow we will have refried rice, with flash cooked broccoli, red peppers, scallions and mushrooms, with two beaten eggs stirred in at the last moment..Yum!

Sherry Peyton said...

I am aware of the Southern tradition of hoppin john. It sure sounds good, as did the entire meal. Sounds like you had a lovely day. Blessings Pat for the new year!

Jeannelle said...

So that's what Hoppin' John is! The whole meal sounds yummy.....we love cornbread around here.

Happy New Year, Pat!