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.


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.

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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!