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Happy New Year 
Jan. 1, 2012 10:45 am 
Updated: Jan. 2, 2013 11:45 am
With the new year comes (hopefully) closure to the old of last year and a welcome to the new and unknown of this year.  We all seem to try to line these things up w/the changing of a number on the calendar, though we are lucky if this actually happens.

There are many traditions I have seen throughout the year for New Years:  kissing your girl at the stroke of midnight, drinking one's self into a coma to celebrate (however one does that), making resolutions that rarely are kept longer than 48 hours.  The one tradition that I have kept throughout the years, no matter where I was or what I was doing, was to have black eyed peas, specifically in Hoppin' John Soup.  According to my family's tradition, eating black eyed peas on the first day of the New Year is supposed to bring good luck.  Considering the year I have had last year, I'd hate to see what "luck" I would have had if I had not eaten any.

But neither here nor there, to the store I went this morning to procure the ingredients for my Hoppin' John Soup.  This was actually what put me on the map here at allrecipes.com as about 7 years ago I put my quick hoppin' john recipe up here and I have been getting great reviews for it ever since.  I just couldn't believe that other were using it, and their stories about using it really makes my family smile.  How neat that my father's recipe is in others kitchens and used (sometimes more than just the once a year).  

What makes the recipe so great is that its almost impossible to screw it up.  I've used different sausages, dried black eyed peas, no tomatoes, different types of rice, even added potatoes and the like.  Its a great recipe to share and play with.  I hope everyone enjoys it again this year, and may 2012 be better than any year you've had so far in this crazy world!
Jan. 1, 2012 1:02 pm
Happy New Year to you, ThoHug! Looks good!
Jan. 2, 2013 11:45 am
For the Hoppin John Soup:calls for a packet of long grain uncooked rice and seasoning packet..what seasoning packet? and which brand?
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About Me
I am a father of 2 children. Recently divorced, I fill my time cooking and playing cards.
My favorite things to cook
Soups are so easy, yet so diverse, we truely love the wintertime, for we can go overboard on soups. Frying comes next (with fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans being a family favorite that gets cooked at least once a month). Next to this is sautee and grill items.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hoppin' John and BBQ are my family "traditions"...
My cooking triumphs
Breads are by far and away one of those things that you learn through error. I can safely say I feel very comfortable making bread now. I do not recommend bread making machines, as "hands on" tends to allow you to really get to know what bread is, and how it is made. The machines leave something
My cooking tragedies
When I was a child, I burnt a steak to death on the grill. The grill took some time to get used to, including chicken (over and underdone), and bbq (over chared). Making bread was also a tragedy originally, with bread that didn't rise, or did but too much, or was burnt. Bread was hard... but now, a true enjoyment.
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