I made this for the first time this year, and it was pretty good. I gave it four stars because, being a Northerner, I don't really know what it was supposed to taste like. I made as written (after searching all over my small city for a store that carried ham bones), except I browned the ham bone, onions and celery on the stove, then cooked it all day in the slow cooker. I added in the beans and some pre-cooked quinoa (instead of the nutritionally useless rice) about two hours before service, and I used homemade turkey stock instead of chicken stock because I had it on hand. I also added some greens and halved grape tomatoes at the end, for color and nutrition. I might make it again, but rarely, because I found it to be extremely strong in the ham flavor and rather greasy, I guess because of the ham bone. It's tasty, but left me craving a salad, even with the added veg. I'll try to remember to get some Hoppin John if I can the next time I visit the South so I can see what I'm missing.
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I made this for the first time this year, and it was pretty good. I gave it four stars...