Hoppin’ John

There have been very few New Years Days in my adult life that I have not eaten black-eyed peas in some form.  I’m not a superstitious person, but I happen to love black-eyed peas, so why tempt fate?  Can always use a little extra luck to start the year, right?  This is the rendition of Hoppin’ John I’ve been using over the years.  It’s been a lot of recipes mish-mashed into one.  This year I admit I lightened it up a little bit with less oil, turkey bacon instead of regular bacon, etc, but it was still excellent.  It may have to make an appearance more than just New Years Day!




Blue Cheese Bacon Dip

Not even remotely healthy, but very tasty dip for parties and get-togethers!  I serve it with pita chips, crackers, and grapes. It’s one of my favorites.  Although it specifies half and half in the recipe, I’ve used heavy cream with success when it’s been the only thing on hand.   I believe this originally came from Cooking Light a couple of years ago.