If you want to insure good luck, health, and wealth for the New Year, you are not Texan if black-eyed peas and cornbread are not on the menu. The black-eyed pea tradition started during the War Between the States since that was all that was left when Union soldiers raided southern farms. Black-eyed peas was cow feed by those from the North and not worthy of taking. Here is a lot more info on the tradition -- much of which I did not know. Eating black-eyed peas on New Year's was simply something you did -- the background info was not particularly important.
Since I've been limited by a bummed ankle, I cheated this year by opening cans instead of starting with dry peas. Actually, I asked hubby to get the peas and he did -- two cans. One cannot be overly choosy when hubby is doing the shopping.
I also cheated on the cornbread, used Jiffy instead of making from scratch. I have the ingredients, but what the heck? Open a package, crack one egg, pour 1/3 cup milk and stir is much easier than gathering, measuring, sifting, etc.
Hubby and I are now insured to have a prosperous, healthy, and happy 2010. I hope you do too!
Until next time, God bless.