easy black eyed pea recipe

Easy Black Eyed Pea Recipe- Just in Time for New Year’s Day

When I was 9 years old, my mom and I moved to Texas.  That’s where I first learned of the tradition of eating black eyed peas for good luck on New Year’s Day.  Given that we were from California, my mom would make our black eyed peas into a salad with raw veggies and a light dressing.  My husband on the other hand always made his grandfather’s simple and easy black eyed pea recipe with basically 3 major ingredients.   He’s been making this recipe for me for about 14 years now (we just celebrated the 15th anniversary of our first date on December 20, 2016) and I must say that it never disappoints.

If you’re not familiar with the black eyed pea tradition for good luck, here’s a bit of backstory.  According to About Food:

“On New Year’s Day, you’ll find people throughout the South eating black-eyed peas and greens……Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s has been considered good luck for at least 1,500 years.”

Well I think many of us can agree that 2016 was not our favorite year.  Therefore, I think it’s imperative that we do what we can to ensure that 2017 ROCKS!  I know that I will be having my black eyed peas, will you?… Read Full Post

holiday gift guide

Holiday Gift Guide for the Hard to Buy for People on Your List

Here is my holiday gift guide for the hard to buy for person or people on your list.  We all have that person on our list that essentially has everything they need/ want or a family member that lives far away so you don’t know exactly what to get them. Here are some of my favorite places to shop, because I have way too many hard to buy for people on my list.
  1. For those recipients that love fruit you can always do a fruit of the month club, but my particular favorite fruit this time of year are navel oranges from is Pearson Ranch. When I used to live in New York City I found the winter months to be the most difficult time for me, one problem was the fact that I could never find great fruit. I started doing some online research and I came across Pearson Ranch. I love their California navel oranges.

    navel oranges
    Pearson Ranch Navel Oranges

  2. Another website that I like to find gifts is the MOMA store.  They have a great selection of fun deals under $50.  These items are very high design, high concept, so they will always have great impact.  Whether it’s a large gift or stocking stuffer, these gifts will not disappoint.  
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short rib

Non Traditional Holiday Meal Ideas

I enjoy traditional holiday meals with turkey or ham, stuffing, potatoes and pumpkin pie, etc., especially on Thanksgiving.  There is something very comforting about knowing that you will have it at least once a year, maybe more with leftovers.  Unfortunatley, some of my family members are not fans of the traditional stuff, so here are some options if you want to take a break from the traditional holiday meal this year.

Order BBQ from the famous Salt lick in Texas.

This is what we did last year from Thanksgiving and it was a hit.  Not to mention the fact that it reminds my husband and I of our time at the University of Texas at Austin. My favorites are the brisket and the sausage, both are gluten free as is the BBQ sauce.  I would order soon if you want it for Thanksgiving.  We’ve done it for Christmas dinner too, so if you miss Thanksgiving you can get for Christmas or other holiday celebrations.

salt lick bbq

Short ribs

We made short ribs for Christmas dinner last year and it was great.

short ribs

Make Turducken

I have to say that I haven’t done this before, but my husband has and he said it’s great. You can get a turducken from the Cajun Grocer and if you order soon you can still get it in time for Thanksgiving.… Read Full Post