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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A New Year ~ 2014

January 1st

New Year's Day 2014

The champagne is chilled.

Black-eyed peas 

are on the stove cooking.

We are dressed and ready 

to share the day with friends.

Black-eyed peas on New Year's Day

 is a southern tradition that dates 

back to the Civil War.

It's believed they will bring 

luck and prosperity for the new year.

We'll start with chips, salsa,

and fresh made guacamole.

A simple table is set to

celebrate the beginning of a new year.

No need for a centerpiece as the

food will be the star of this table.

Casual Settings

Napkins of a Provencal Print

Ringed with 

Bands of Pewter

A Favorite 

Pewter Tureen

Whimsical Salad Bowl

Paired with Complementary 

Pewter Salad Servers

Black-eyed Peas and 

a Healthy Mixed Green Salad

Black-eyed Peas for the Coins

Greens for Paper Money

Cornbread for Gold

Perfect Meal for a

Lucky 2014

Dad's Black-eyed Peas with Ham Hocks

1 and 1/2 cups black-eyed peas
2 smoked ham hocks
Some salt port, diced
1 small can tomatoes
1 can Rotel tomatoes w/ green chilies
(I now use 2 cans since they are smaller.)
1 medium onion, sliced
Pepper to taste

Wash and cover peas with water. boil fast for 10-15 minutes. Let stand 30 minutes. Do not stir so that peas don't break. Add water if necessary. Add meat and simmer until tender. Add other ingredients and simmer until it tastes done. Remove bones. cut meat off the ham hocks and add back into soup. Serve with green salad and cornbread.

Let's Dish @ Cuisine Kathleen
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Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Cute post - I have heard of the tradition of eating black eyed peas, but have never had them - maybe I better reconsider!!! Love the doggy coat!!

The French Hutch said...

Sarah, I love this casual setting for New Year’s Day. The menu is about the same here for today, I have my black eyed peas ready to cook. Sadie looks adorable and ready to greet your guests!
Have a wonderful and happy day to start the new year.

The French Hutch

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I LOVE BLACK-EYED PEAS! And this looks so good right now as it is -20 outside! SARAH! I was thinking of you last night, and wondered how your Christmas went! This was such a great but quickly passing holiday. But my husband and I, since we are teachers, are home for this week and next week, we are back. But it's been great traveling to California and coming back to snow.

Your table settings are always so grandly put together, giving your guests a double feast. Much love to you and yours in 2014, and your pup knows how to work that sweater!!!!!! Anita

thistlewoodfarm said...

I love black eyed peas, too! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Lucky you!

Happy, happy new year to you friend!

May your 2014 be bright. :)

Sue said...

Happy New Year Saah.
May it be healthy and filled with wonderful friends and happiness.

Leslie Harris said...

Sarah I can't believe I've never had black-eyed peas! I guess this is what we miss in California.
And yet I love hearing about the 'old southern traditions' and I even copied your recipe. Your fur baby looks so sweet in his little outfit and your table looks lovely. I can't think of a nicer way to begin the new year than in your warm home. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and here's wishing you all the blessings of health and happiness in 2014. Thank you for your friendship. I truly appreciate it.

Sonia said...

Yum Sarah!
Love the black-eyed pea tradition and your meal looks so good and is served so elegantly! Happy New Year!
Miss Bloomers

Mary said...

Happy New Year Sarah! We make sure we get our good luck black-eyed peas in some form or another on New Year's Day! Love the addition of the Rotel in your Dad's recipe. Chloe and Gracie are green with envy over Sadie's adorable MacKenzie-Childs'esque sweater :) Best wishes to you for Happy & Prosperous New Year!

tablescapesbybev said...

Beautiful table...love your pewter.

Rettabug said...

How cute your poochie looked, all dressed up for the party!!

I have yet to taste black eyed peas but one of these days...thanks for the details on preparing them.

I like your casual tablesetting & I know your guests enjoyed the meal.

I hope 2014 is a happier one for you & yours.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Your black eyed peas look very tasty! Love those napkins.

We had white bean, spinach and chirozo soup for New Years day. Had to add the pork in the chorizo, because pork is also lucky on New Year's day, because it only roots forward, not looking back!

Happy New Year Sarah!

kitty said...

Hi Sarah,
Happy New Year to you! I'm hoping to make it through this next year of "firsts" and then on to 2015. I'll bet you're wishing the same.
Your menu sounds wonderful and I love the casual setting. Your pewter tureen is fabulous. I just love your style. Your darling Sadie looks adorable, all waiting for guests. Thanks for your kindness and friendship this past year. xo

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Sarah, I made a big pot of black-eyed peas yesterday too. Thanks for joining the Open House party and have a wonderful 2014!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Certainly looks like a great party. I'll have to make your Black Eyed Pea recipe. I love them but have neve made them. YUMMY! Happy New Year!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Beautiful table. I had my black eyed peas, cornbread and collards yesterday so I'm set for the New Year!

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

Love that tureen! Happy New Year Sarah!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Sarah,
Guess I did eat right as a true southerner. We gathered with a group of friends for a New Year's luncheon and everyone did bring something. But there was cornbread as well as black-eyed peas and collard greens. I had made sweet potatoes with orange zest, juice and brown rice syrup; a healthy version for diabetics.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year in good health.
Loved your simple but very pretty table setting for the New Year.
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Nancy said...

Hi Sarah. Thank you for visiting my blog today and leaving the sweet comment. I love your pewter, especially the salad servers. Blue & white with pewter is a show stopper in my book. I enjoyed the southern tradition of Black Eyed Peas, for the first time, at a prior boss's New Year's Eve party about 10 years ago. I found it enchanting. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year. ~ Nancy

xinex said...

Beautiful table, Sarah. It looks very relaxed too. Happy new year to you and your family!...Christine

Babs Richman said...

Would you believe this is the first New Year I haven't cooked black eyed peas and greens? I'll probably be broke this year. :) Your table looks really pretty and Sadie looks so cute in her checked sweater.

Laurie Ritchey said...

Sarah, your black eyed peas look so much better than mine looked. I'm saving this recipe and will definitely be making it that way next year (and probably before then). Love the pewter tureen, and those salad servers are so pretty. Of course, I love the napkins too. And oh how precious your little puppy looks, all dressed up for the new year. Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2014! laurie

20 North Ora said...

What a way to start off the new year! Delightful post!

Happy New Year


thepaintedapron.com said...

Fun Sarah! I love the first photo with the ornament, so cute! Sounds like a delightful day, your guests are "lucky" indeed!

Art @ Home said...

Happy New Year, Sarah! Your fur baby looks so cute….

Here's to a happy and healthy 2014! Cheers!

Ricki Jill

PS LOVE the napkins. They are so much fun!

Diane Jordan said...

Hi lovely lady.
We Love black-eyed pea down in Texas all year! your meal looks so good and is served so elegantly! YUMMY! I hope you and your family have a wonderful 2014 Happy New Year!


Beverly said...

I looks and sounds delicious to me. I haven't seen black-eyed peas with the tomatoes cooked in them. But, my parents always stewed tomatoes to garnish their black-eyed peas.

Happy New Year, Sarah. I wish you a year of joy and peace.

Lulu said...

We just had black eyed peas again tonight so I'm hoping we'll be double lucky. I look forward to what we share in this new year.

designchic said...

This is a wonderful way to start the new year. As a Southerner myself, we too started with black eyed peas, greens and pork. Wishing you all the best in 2014!!

Linda Primmer said...

What a lovely party. We had black-eyed peas as well. Here's hoping for a bright new year.

Jacqueline said...

I was just reading about black-eyed peas and I see above me Linda had them too. This is all new to me! How fun to have a traditional meal for New Year's! I adore your pewter soup toureen with its lovely cover! I hope 2014 is a wonderful year for you! How they fly.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Sarah, I am sure that my fellow New Englanders are missing out on this black-eyed peas idea! Your recipe looks and sounds delicious!! And I love guacamole. I could eat it on anything. Your dishes are wonderful with the dainty flowers and striped handles. I wish you a very happy and healthy New Year full of much joy. Linda

All About Vignettes said...

Here's to a fabulous New Year to you and your family. What a fabulous--and lucky feast. I'm going to have to try that recipe.


Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

You put on quite a nice feast! I've never had black eyed peas! I know everyone in the south just sighed! I only heard about this tradition through blogging. Wishing you a lucky 2014!

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Art and Sand said...

the dishes . . . the bands of pewter . . . the linens . . . the food . . . all look wonderful.

We celebrated quietly on New Year's Day with a family bicycle ride to Ojai and then a long walk with Lulu to experience the lowest tide of the season. We were standing on sand where we are normally in our kayaks.

Marigene said...

You always have a lovely table, Sarah. That is the cutest salad bowl!
I have tried black-eyed peas several times, but they are just too earthy for my palette...the only other legume/bean I can think of that I am not crazy about are lima beans.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

LV said...

Peas and cabbage have been the tradition as long as I can remember. I love them both.

Rhondi said...

Hi Sarah. We have lived in the south for 11 years but I haven't gotten around to making black eyed peas. Maybe next New Years!

travelwithintent.com said...

Cute dog. Beautiful and interesting post. Happy New Year!

Teacup Mosaics said...

Happy New Year Sarah!
It looks like you had the perfect start to the New Year.
wishing you every thing wonderful in 2014!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I wish I had been there to celebrate with you. What a great meal and table! You do everything well, Sarah.

Wishing you the best for 2014!



Alycia Nichols said...

We did the black-eyed peas again this year along with collard greens which are also supposed to bring prosperity. We still have a little bit lift in the fridge. I'm going to scarf them down tonight. I want to be as prosperous as possible this year!!! :-)

Happy New Year to you! Have a great week!

Botanic Bleu said...

Yum! Your black-eyed peas recipe looks delicious! We have to try it our house, even if it is past new year's day.


Diane said...

Sarah, what a lovely post! We, too, take our New Year's Day meal very seriously! We always have black-eyed peas, cornbread, greens and pork. I have never see a recipe like yours for the black-eyed peas. I would love to try it - thanks for sharing!

Entertaining Women said...

You have so much more energy than I could muster for New Year's Day. Looks like a delightful gathering. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I like it when the food is the centerpiece on the table:@) Happy New Year Sarah, wishing you all the best in 2014-enjoy!

La Table De Nana said...

I want to wish you all the best in 2014.
You are such a nice person Sarah.
Glad I "met" you:)x

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your black eyed peas looked very delicious, Sarah.Happy 2014!

Jenny Harris said...

Happy New Year! Your meal looks delicious! My family's tradition for good luck on New Year's Day is pork roast and sauerkraut. My husband's family did black-eyed peas, but I never did learn to cook them, so sauerkraut wins out in our house. ;-)

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Johanna Gehrlein said...

Dear Sarah,
Your New Years buffet looks gorgeous. I love the prewter tureen, very elegant. Ant the perfect match to Quimper pottery. I wish you and yours a Happy New Year.
Best greetings, Johanna

Nancy's Notes said...

Sarah, what a great post! We always have black eyed peas and cornbread! It's a must! You'll be ready for a grand 2014 now! I'm missed reading your blog. I think I'll be back in blogland now, drop in to see me!


The Tablescaper said...

You are set for the new year! Love those Provencal pieces and linens!

- Alma, The Tablescaper

bj said...

O, yes...we've eaten BlackEyed Peas on NY's day all my life.
We had some then and another pot cooked with ham hock this weekend. We like Hot Water Cornbread with ours, just like my mama used to make. :)

bj said...

O, yes...we've eaten BlackEyed Peas on NY's day all my life.
We had some then and another pot cooked with ham hock this weekend. We like Hot Water Cornbread with ours, just like my mama used to make. :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I'm not sure if my previous comments went through but I love your fur baby in a sweater!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Hi Sarah! Happy New Year! We had the guacamole. Now we need the black-eyed peas! I copied your recipe. Looks like a perfect winter meal. My Dallas kids have the shivers too! I have to send New Year cards because I missed everyone for Christmas! I'm glad you like them. My corner card shop only had two options. Love your cheery festive occasion!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Looks like your New Years Day meal was YUMMY! Love your ant bowl, so cute. Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

Shelia said...

Hi Sarah and Happy New Year to you! Oh, your blackeyed peas look so good! We had ours too. Your table is so lovely and I would have loved to have sat there and sampled those peas! ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Pondside said...

What a homey, yummy meal, Sarah. We don't have the tradition of Black Eyed Peas up here, but I have learned about them from you and others in the south. I wish you and yours every blessing in 2014!
PS I hope you are not experiencing the freakish cold weather that I've heard about!

Kelley said...

Hi, Sarah. It's Kelley, from Kelley Highway. Thank you again for dropping by and leaving your kind comment.

I too prepare black eye peas for New Year's, only Mother always prepared black eye peas and rice, an oven-roasted chicken, curry sauce, jellied cranberry, slaw, dinner rolls and bbbbbutter. Yummy, yummy!

A very happy New Year to you, dear!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Sarah your table looks beautiful and the food sounds YUMMY!! Happy New Year!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Happy New Year!…the table setting is beautiful and the wonderful food of New Year's day traditions look delicious…thanks for sharing your recipe!

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Jann Olson said...

Sarah, you are the third person that I have read that cooks black eyed peas for the New Year. I didn't know of that fun tradition. You Southern gals have a great dish for the New Year! Hate to admit, but I have never cooked or eaten black eyed peas. Think I need to give them a try. I love the pewter! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Hi, Sarah. sometimes simple is so perfect...as perfect as your table! I wish you a happy new year! ~Zuni

Steph's Stitching said...

My favorite champagne! Happy New Year to you all!

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