After the Party a Southern Feast

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No self respecting southerner would ring in the new year without a batch of Black Eyed Peas; add some Collard Greens and my Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread and you will insure a lucky 2017!  Join me in 2017 for a cooking class, Click HERE for the schedule.

Wishing you and your family and healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!

Black Eyed Peas

4 slices bacon chopped or 2 sliced of ham cubed

1 tablespoon butter

1 large onion chipped

2 cloves garlic pressed

1 green bell pepper chopped

1 pound dried black eyed peas

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

4 cups chicken broth

2 bay leaves

Wash and pick through peas and place them in a large soup pot.  Cover the peas with water and let them soak overnight.  Drain peas in a colander and place bacon in the bottom of the soup pot set over medium high heat.  Cook bacon about 3-4 minutes until it begins to render some fat.  Add the butter and onion to the pot and cook for about 10 minutes until onions are soft and clear.  Add garlic to the pot and cook 1 minute more.  Next add remaining ingredients, reserving salt and bring pot to a simmer.  Reduce heat holding peas at a simmer until they are tender about 1 ½ hours, if pot gets too dry add water as needed.  Salt to taste and serve.

Collard Greens

4 slices bacon chopped

1 medium onion chopped

2 cloves garlic pressed

1 pound collard greens

3 cups chicken broth

Pinch of crushed red pepper

Salt to taste

Prepare greens by washing them and picking out any tough stems.  Layer the leaves, roll into a cigar shape and using kitchen shears cut into a chiffonade about 1 inch wide. Place bacon in a chef’s pan set over medium heat cook until bacon is rendering fat, about 4 minutes.  Add onion and cook for about 5 minutes, add garlic and cook 1 minute more.  Add chicken stock to the pan and heat to a simmer.  Place greens in pan and toss them until they are wilted.  Add crushed red pepper and salt and cook on simmer for about 30 minutes until greens are tender.

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

1 ½ cups yellow cornmeal

½ cup flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

¼ cup butter melted and cooled

1 ½ cups milk

2 eggs

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup fresh or frozen corn

Jalapeno seeded and chopped

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.  Add wet ingredients and mix until combined.  Add cheese and corn and jalapenos and toss.  Pour batter into a greased 9-10 inch round baking dish, bake for 5 minutes, turn heat down to 375 and continue baking for 18-22 minutes until cornbread is firm and beginning to brown.

About Lorie Fangio

I am a lifestyle advisor with a passion for connecting families Around the Table for mealtime. We are becoming a society that doesn’t even speak to each other, texting and internet relationships are the norm and it is impacting our culture. I believe the human connection as we know it, is in danger. Finding time to spend together as a family unit can be difficult especially with dual family careers and children that are often hyper scheduled. My mission is to inspire families, with a no nonsense approach to real food. Gathering Around the Table is key to the foundation of familial relationships. Sitting down to a meal is much more than breaking bread, it is a bonding ritual for families that actually protects our kids from all the dangerous stuff in the world. With tips and techniques we can all get our families Around the Table!
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