Attention! I have been on vacation! It’s a miracle.

I will confess I did work at the store yesterday, New Years Eve. ¬†Suki was my sid kick and I have to confess it was fun to be back in the saddle. . Anyhow I’m back at home again taking a little needed time off. A couple more days and I be completely recharged.

Jay and I celebrated the New Years Eve with a fancy meal at The Lazy Ox. Champagne and Truffled pasta were one of the many items we tasted. I will give it a 8 for the food, 6 for the decor and a 10 for the company. It was a nice and much needed date night.

Now its New Years day! So far so good. Spending all this time at home with my family has given me the oportunity to cook more . I love to cook!~!!! Today I am looking forward to making southern black eyed peas with buttermilk cornbread. YUM! I only wish all my family in Texas could magically appear to play some poker and have some southern peas with us.

NYP boiling HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

Here is my recipe for Southern Black Eyed Peas and Buttermilk Cornbread.

One 1-pound apple smoked bacon
1 cup chopped yellow onions
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
4 cloves garlic peeled
5 sprigs fresh thyme
4 bay leaves
3 teaspoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
8 cups Chicken Stock
1 pound dried black-eyed peas, rinsed, sorter over, soaked overnight in water to cover and drained
1 tablespoon minced garlic


Brown the bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, salt, cayenne, garlic cloves, thyme, bay leaves and parsley. Cook, stirring, until the onions are wilted, about 5 minutes.. Add the stock, peas, and garlic. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the peas are tender, about 1 1/2 hours.

Remove the bay leaves and serve warm.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Buttermilk Cornbread:

1 cup self-rising cornmeal
1/2 cup self-rising flour
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour batter into a greased shallow baking dish. Bake for approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.


Spitfire Girl