Dec 31, 2008

Have a Fat and Sassy New Year

Okay, my lovelies, don't ever say I never did anything for ya.

I think there's some kind of tradition that says you should eat black eyed peas on New Years day, right? Or did I dream that? I think it's something like,

"It is heretofore decreed, in the year 1808, that every year on January 1 you should eat black eyed peas, for they are good for you and pretty easy to cook and don't take up a lot of room on your plate. And they shall bring you good fortune. Especially if you sprinkle some hot sauce on the top of them, eat them with cornbread or cook them in bacon fat. For it should be known throughout the world that pork back is where it's at. So let it written - so let it be done."

At least that's what I think it probably says.

So this New Years Eve when you are out partying and wearing your best duds, when you are contemplating and journaling all of your resolutions, when you are sipping champagne at the stroke of midnight, or when you are - much like me - doing none of the above, this should make your New Years Eve or New Years Day celebration even better!

* I would like to give credit where credit is due. I got this recipe from Jessica. And although I didn't ask her permission to use it on my blog I feel fairly certain when she saw me lick the bowl clean at a party and then beg her for the recipe, that she knew this day was coming. It's that yummy!

So here you go, my lovelies, may your New Years Eve / New Years Day be as tasty as this!

Hot & Cheesy Black Eyed Pea Dip

1 (16-ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained, rinsed

1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained, chopped

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 envelope buttermilk ranch salad dressing mix

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Spoon into a baking dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Serve with crackers or tortilla chips.

P.S. Remi just walked into the room and said, "MOMMA! I could kill somebody!" I'm not sure what that means, nor do I want to, but I'm pretty sure she wants you to make this dip. Stat!


Rhonda said...

Wow! It must be some pretty lethal dip, then!

Don't you love it when the very worst of us show up in our kids?

My delightful Asia, at three years old, was putting her baby doll to bed in her little cradle. (Little did she know I was watching through the crack in the door, with much love and pride.) She lovingly put this wee one in bed and covered her up. Then she patted her wee head.

And then she cruelly cried out, "Go to sleep! And that means NOW!"

Oh, so proud.

Shelley said...

Happy New Year to you guys. May God bless you all in the coming year. Thanks for the recipe, sounds great.

Karen said...

Happy New Year...

That dip looks yummy. I have a huge bag of Tortilla chips and I think I have most of the dip ingredients...hmmmm :-)

Tassie said...

Thanks for the recipe! My mom usually has my family over to eat black-eyed peas (which I hate) and she puts them in something she calls "Hopping John." Anyway....Thanks for being so funny--your blog is the first I check everyday...even before me own.

Melissa said...

Don't forget the pork and collards. Two other musts for the New Year. Mama always said it's for luck and good fortune. I think it's for high blood pressure and regularity, but you can take it for whatchu will.

Happy New Year sister. Let's make a meeting happen this year, k? Okie dokie, gotcha thanx.

Hairline Fracture said...

I MUST make that dip! Thanks for the recipe!

Lula! said...

I am making onion dip for tonight...a bag of frozen, chopped onions, 3 pkgs. of cream cheese, 2 cups of shredded Italian cheese, 1/2 cup of mayo, all mixed together, sprinkle with paprika, bake at 450 for 20 minutes, serve with Fritos Scoops.

It's divine. It's annointed. It's heavenly. Amen.

p.s. Having ham baked in Co-Cola, black-eyed peas (cooked with seasoned fatback, of course!) and cornbread tomorrow. 'Cause I'm a hardcore southerner, and I don't mess with tradition.

Heather said...

Can you do me another favor and eat a big ole spoonful in my honor?! Because this Southern Girl gags just a little (ok ALOT) when black-eyed peas get anywhere NEAR my mouth or nose! Maybe that's why this year STUNK! I probably shouldn't have messed with tradition, huh?! So, can I eat some by proxy?! PLEASE with sugar on top and a slab of pork back on the side, we REALLY need for 2009 to dawn a little brighter. Thanks so much! ;)
Have a wonderful New Year.
Thanks for adding some much needed laughter to my life.
And I can't EVEN imagine where Remi heard that before!! ;) Tell the AG to straighten up. ;)

Sidney (Sixy Mama) said...

From another true Southerner (native Texan, baby!) who really doesn't like blackeyed peas either, and I'll second that that may be the reason 2008 wasn't the best.

Eat some in my name, please...well, not in a divine way, just take a spoonful for me, cuz I could definitely use some good stuff happenin' this year...

Have a Happy New Year!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Oh my GAH, that sounds fabulous.
Happy New Year!

Amy Waldron said...

Many blessings to you and the family for a healthy and happy 2009!

Be Blessed,


happymcfamily said...

I think the weirdest new year's tradition that I've heard thus far is that one of the college guys that comes to our church has peed every year for the last 7 years as the ball has dropped.

Kendrawolf said...

I love black-eyed peas. I haven't had fresh ones in years! I think I may have to grow them myself to get them. This sounds like a good recipe though!

txjules said...

I totally made this and we LOVED it! It will certainly be making it's rounds at the next church "potluck" or as some like to say "potbless" :)
Have a Happy New Year!!!