"My grandma always made Hoppin' John on New Year's Day when I was growing up in Virginia. I now live in New Mexico and decided to put a hot, southwestern spin on the recipe this year, hence the name. It's simple and tasty, and has some heat. I only added two jalapeños, but you could add more if you like it hotter. If you don't like hot food, you might want to eliminate the jalapeños completely. I got the base recipe from Paula Deen's website, but I made several of my own changes and additions, and here's the final product. My husband and I both loved it."