I know I'm almost a week late, but I hope everybody had a great New Year's eve. I caught some kind of nasty bug last week, so have been out of commission. I tried to make the best of things, with lots of ginger tea and HBO series DVDs.
Any decent cooking was limited to New Year's Day, since I was determined to make some Hoppin' John. Growing up here in the frozen north, I didn't know about the southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas on Jan. 1. I'll let real southerners, or wikipedia, explain the reasons for this. I'm happy letting the calendar tell me to eat some black-eyed peas. Served here with quinoa and fried red kale and yellow sweet pepper.