I didn't have my camera with me to take pictures but here is a good one from one of my favorite blogs, deepsouthdish.com. You can also find the recipe at this link.
This dish is also known as "hoppin' john" but everybody's got their own way of making it their own. My mom cooks her black-eyed peas with a ham bone for flavoring. She usually serves it with collard greens or cabbage and homemade cornbread (in a cast iron skillet).
This dish is a Southern classic. It's a tradition to eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day to bring good luck and fortune to you throughout the year. My grandmother used to follow the tradition of putting a dime in her pot of peas for someone to find...that person would have great wealth. As a kid, I remember being afraid to eat the peas because I might choke on the dime, lol.
Whatever your New Year's (food) tradition is, I hope you have a great New Year's Day. I appreciate all the warm welcomes to blogland that I've received for the past few months. I'm so glad that I started blogging this year. I've truly enjoyed "meeting" all of you and can't wait to continue this journey into 2012.
I'll be eating left over black-eyed peas and rice and watching football games tomorrow. Football on New Year's Day is my yearly tradition :)