We love Hoppin' John, but I wanted to add a healthier version to my holiday cooking repertoire. I developed this new (and faster) version for those of us who need to start the New Year on a healthier note. I like to mix my chopped green onions in with the cooked hot rice before serving. —Debra Keil, Owasso, Oklahoma
I really love African flavors, but you don't really encounter them much in America. Here the combination of native African ingredients, all of which are readily accessible to Americans, really transports you to a new culinary place. —Michael Cohen, Los Angeles, California
"Tradition has it that if you eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day, you'll enjoy prosperity all year through, but I serve this tasty combination of pasta, peas and tangy tomatoes sauce any time," writes Marie Malsch of Bridgman, Michigan.
"All in the family" is how Kathy Herron describes her tasty baked beans. "My mom got the recipe from my aunt, then shared it with me when she saw how much my husband enjoyed the dish. It's great to take to potlucks and picnics," jots Kathy from Jamestown, New York.
I've always wanted to try black-eyed peas, and I happened to have smoked sausage on hand one night, so I invented this full-flavored stew. It's the perfect way to heat up a cold night without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I usually doubled with seasonings because we like our food spicier.
A close friend passed on this recipe. It's been in her family for years, and now it's a favorite in ours, too (my husband and I have an 11-year-old son). In fact, we've turned having Black-Eyed Pea Chowder into a New Year's tradition at our house
For a large crowds, I've sometimes doubled the recipe. Everyone that I've made it for has enjoyed it. I even have a friend who doesn't like black-eyed peas but loves the chowder.
This recipe is from a bean soup gift pack I developed as a fund-raiser for our church. We provide it along with the beans and a packet containing all the spices. The recipient just adds water and a can of tomatoes for a delicious pot of savory soup.
-Doris Cox, South Orange, New Jersey