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Rule 1, "find the right recipe!" 
Jan. 2, 2012 7:46 pm 
Updated: Jan. 6, 2012 6:45 pm
I should have asked long ago, just what it would take to make an edible batch of Black Eyed Peas!  Following advice from here at AR, I managed to produce a pot of "peas" that were not only edible, but have caused me to have a whole new outlook on the dried "pea." 

I used (as advised) frozen black eyed peas, added half a bag of "multi-bean mix" that I'd soaked overnight.  Toss in a hefty amount of onion, a couple cloves of garlic, and let it cook all day at which time I put the pot into the frige overnight.  I found that they needed a hefty quantity of salt, but then I've been hitting the salt shaker rather heavily of late...  For liquid, I used a mix of turkey broth Deni had given me, some ham broth I had made with the last bone with meat, and a bit of bacon for the fat... I'd thought I had a ham hock, but it turned out to be a pastrami sandwich! 

So, the morning of the gathering, I pulled the pot out of the frige, and plugged it back in again to let it simmer a while.  Before leaving the house, I fished out the bits of bacon and taste tested one more time.  I have a new respect for the "black eyed pea!" 

My point tonight is, that so many folk had told me that black eyed peas don't taste like "mud," IF they're made properly!  Many of you here offered opinions on the "right" way to make them.  You were ALL right, though I left out the tomatoes as many advised, and made sure that they were of a consistancy that wouldn't be mistaken as a "soup," but more of a side dish - which was my intent. 

I'm also quite pleased to report that the New Year has provided me with some new toys...  Since I'm currently watching the last disc of the last season of NUMB3RS, I ordered and recieved the first 5 seasons of the Closer.  Also, yesterday I was given a bread machine, which had been given to my friend Rose - who would no doubt never use it!  Unknowingly, I mentioned to her one afternoon that I was thinking of buying one, to which she replied, "I have one that you can HAVE!"  OMG, what a cool extra gift this holiday season!  It sat in the trunk of my car till this afternoon, but as of now I've the instruction book by my side, and the machine is on the dining table, awaiting my finding a new home (storage) place for not only it, but also my new pressure canner.   

So all, be well, and I hope that the year 2012 brings good fortune to all of us!  Meanwhile, be healthy, be happy, be crazy!
Jan. 2, 2012 8:13 pm
Wow Stevie! How exciting for you with all these new "toys". I know you will make good use of them. I had a bread machine once but after a while I sold it because I was eating too much bread! That was a silly thing to do and I have regretted it ever since. Maybe one day I will get another. And the black eyes peas you mentioned---I love them and am so glad you found a recipe that made you enjoy them too. My daughter and my husband never liked them much but he would eat them to please me on New Years. My daughter was not that kind! She still won't touch them! I used to do a lot of pressure canning when we had a big garden and a growing family. I am alone now and it really would not be financially advantageous to do a lot of canning. I really did enjoy it though and know you will too once you get into it. I am so excited for you and will be looking forward to your posts about what you are doing! Hoping for a wonderful, happy and blessed New Year for you and Carolyn!...Ginny
Jan. 2, 2012 8:16 pm
OOPS! Stevie, I know you don't have a "Carolyn" I had you mixed up with someone else! I know you too but my mind just took a walk tonight and I should have just gone to bed!! Still am excited for you and your new kitchen adventures to come!! Love ya......Ginny
Jan. 2, 2012 9:42 pm
Ginny, so pleased to hear from you, despite the slight "oops!" Just looking thru the book of recipes for the bread machine, and can't wait! I want to make pumpernickle, and rye... white or wheat! My personal fav (but will have to find rec.) is "Dill Rye..." Wonder if "rye with caraway" could be converted? Still, bread at the touch of a button! Who knew? It's a new year, and life is GRAND! Hope you are well, and have a great NY!~ Be well, friend!
Jan. 3, 2012 7:48 am
Another great blog entry, Stevie. But I'm kind of stuck on "pastrami sandwich" mistook a frozen pastrami sammie for a HAM HOCK??? ROFL! I've got just one word you - Sharpie! I have 3 in the drawer with my storage bags. Use them all the time.
Jan. 3, 2012 11:16 am
lol, Lucy! Love it, but alas, sometimes I don't label... the bread/meat... what can I say? l Guess it's time for a new roll of painter's tape! Be well!
Jan. 3, 2012 12:41 pm
Sounds like you got the new year off to a good start. I'll take your word for the black eyed peas being good. I got a chuckle out of the pastrami sandwich masquerading as a ham hock. I have had that happen too. Have fun with the bread machine, but be prepared to gain weight LOL!
Jan. 3, 2012 1:47 pm
Yep, sharpies in the kitchen are a must here, loved the hidden sandwich. Have fun your new toys! I have a recipe for "Texas Caviar", I think that's what it was called, made with blackeyed peas. I like the peas like that real well.
Jan. 3, 2012 6:08 pm
Stevie, that is funny about the pastrami sandwich. Reminds me of the old George Carlin bit where he took something out of the fridge and it was so old he said " Hmmmmm. Meat or Cake?" A few of my freezer packages have been a surprise to me when they've thawed. I always think I'll remember what it is when I put it in there. Ha Ha! As for the bread machine, look out. You get so in love with the smell of it baking that you want to make another loaf and another and so on. I love mine and use it for burger buns and just every kind of bread I want in a hurry. Good New Years to you.Enjoy your toys! : )
Jan. 3, 2012 6:52 pm
BSM, my black eyed peas, a mix of 1 pound of peas mixed with half bag of dried mixed beans (soaked, of course,) between 15 of us, there was according to Denise, "a scoop left!" They didn't taste like "mud" at all! I was SURE that was a ham hock! Be well...
Jan. 3, 2012 6:55 pm
Cat, I have a sharpie in the kitchen... but most of my "freezer" stuff is back here in the sitting room... Looks can be deceiving I guess! I'll search for a "Texas Caviar" recipe! Be well, and happy new year!
Jan. 3, 2012 7:00 pm
Linnie, I just KNEW that when I looked at that bag I'd know it was pastrami! In the meantime, I was SURE I had a ham hock... lol! Mystery meat is always "fun!" Can't wait to get some flours for the machine... rye and such! Returned from having "my head shrunk" to the aroma of baked bread! OMG! Haven't tried it yet... but I just KNOW I'm going to love this thing! Will have to look for burger bun rec's! Be well, be happy!
Lee B 
Jan. 3, 2012 7:45 pm
Western Caviar: 2 15oz. cans of black-eyed peas 2 cloves of garlic,minced 1 medium onion,chopped 1/2 t. salt 1 t. pepper 1/3 C. parsley,fresh 1/3 C. olive oil 3-4 T. red wine vinegar Rinse and drain beans.Place in a food processor with remaining ingredients.Process with an on and off motion for about 1 minute.Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to blend.Serve with chips and/or crackers Stevie-haven't tried this, but I would if I liked this type of bean. Good luck...and yes,freezer surprises can be a real "treat" (LOL) sometimes! ;-}
Jan. 6, 2012 6:45 pm
Thanks, Lee! I'll jot this down, and give it a try... Happy New Year, and be well throughout!
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Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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