Happy New Year !

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We hope 2018 is awesome for you, take care everybody !

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Slow-Cooker Hoppin’ John

This is the Hoppin’ John recipe we’ve fixed for the last few years to enjoy on New Year’s Day. Eating Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day (some say eating it right after the ball drops) is supposed to bring good luck for the upcoming year and who couldn’t use some extra good luck?

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups chopped* turnip greens (thoroughly rinse the greens, you’ll be amazed at how much dirt can get trapped in the leaves)(the original recipe doesn’t say to, but we removed the stems** before chopping up the greens)
  • 1 (10-oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chiles (we used Rotel original)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (32-oz.) cartons vegetable stock (this time we had to use unsalted vegetable stock)
  • 1 smoked turkey leg (we used all 3 that were in the package since 2 of them were so much smaller, it was about 1 ½ pounds total)
  • 2 cups instant rice
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce (we used Frank’s Redhot Original)

Directions

  1. Using a 4- to 6-qt. slow cooker, add all the following ingredients to it, mixing them together: black-eyed peas, turnip greens, diced tomatoes and green chiles, onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic. Afterwards, stir in the vegetable stock. Original directions said to submerge the turkey in the mixture but we just put the turkey legs on top of everything else in the slow cooker. Put a lid on the slow cooker and let the dish cook on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours or until the black-eyed peas are tender.
  2. Now take the lid off the slow cooker long enough to stir in the rice and put the lid back on afterwards. Cook the rice for 20 to 30 minutes (we went with 30 minutes) or until the rice is tender Stir in the salt and hot sauce and this dish is ready to be served.

*While the black-eyed peas are supposed to represent coins, the greens are supposed to represent paper money which is why we tried to cut them so they’d look like dollar bills.

**You can remove the stems from the greens by folding the leaves together and pulling the stem out by hand or cutting the stem off with a knife. Both get the job done but the hand method does result in leaves that don’t look quite as nice as those done with the knife method.

The following 5 pictures show what turnip greens look like and the two different ways you could remove the stems:

This recipe is supposed to make 10-12 servings.

The last time we made this, the dish was salty but because of using unsalted stock this time, the two teaspoons of salt worked perfectly. You get some smokiness in the dish thanks to the smoked turkey legs but it doesn’t overwhelm the dish. The hot sauce adds a little bit of vinegar to the dish which contrasts with the savoriness but doesn’t bring a ton of heat. Because mommy likes a little more heat in her food, she added some more hot sauce to her own portion. The rice feels kind of soft but that could be due to us getting distracted and not hearing the timer go off. We have no clue how long past the initial 30 minute cook time it had been cooking before we got back into the kitchen. We did like the firm but cooked texture of the black-eyed peas against the soft rice. As far as the other components, you don’t taste any ingredients individually but you know they came together to produce a tasty dish !

We got this recipe from a Paula Deen book or magazine.

We weren’t paid in any form to mention Rotel, Frank’s RedHot, or Paula Deen.

Take care everybody !

Salami Snack

This is what we’re eating on New Year’s Eve !

Ingredients

  • 2 (4 oz. each) packages of genoa salami, cut in half
  • 1 (32 oz.) jar of whole pickled pepperoncini, sliced (we would’ve bought them pre-sliced to save ourselves some time but we could only find them whole)
  • 1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese, softened

Directions

  1. Take a halved slice of salami and spread a layer of cream cheese over one side. Lay a slice or two of pepperoncini on the cream cheese and tightly roll up the salami. Insert a toothpick into the middle of each one you make if you don’t want to eat these directly with your hands (the salami can get a little greasy). You can enjoy eating them right away but we like letting them chill before digging in.

This might sound like a weird combination but it is really delicious ! It’s a great snack to have at any party, not just on New Year’s Eve !

Recipe source unknown.

Take care everybody !

Breakfast Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup whipped cream cheese
  • ¼ cup small-curd cottage cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. confectioners’ sugar, plus more for topping
  • 4 frozen waffles (untoasted)
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. jam (any flavor) (we used strawberry flavored jam) (we used 2 Tbsp. per waffle sandwich to create the ooze effect and to fill the pockets)
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more if needed
  • Ground cinnamon, for topping

Directions

  1. Take a medium-sized mixing bowl out and add the cream cheese, cottage cheese and confectioners’ sugar to it, stirring to combine. Take half the waffles and spread your desired amount of jam over them. Now take the mixture from the bowl and spread that over the jam and top with the other two waffles left.
  2. Take a large skillet and add the butter to it. Turn the heat up to medium-high* and let the butter melt in the skillet. Once the butter’s fully melted, place the sandwiches in the skillet and let them cook until they look nice and golden and have a nice crispiness to them, cooking the sandwiches for roughly 3 minutes* per side, adding additional butter to the skillet if necessary. (Don’t be afraid to turn down the heat if the sandwiches are cooking too quickly.)
  3. Once the sandwiches are done cooking, take them out of the skillet and let them sit for one minute. Sprinkle confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon over the sandwich if you want.

*We cooked ours on medium-low heat for 2 minutes per side.

Serves 2.

We really loved this dish. It felt like a “funday” breakfast to us. We found that the cinnamon added more flavor but we still enjoyed the dish without the cinnamon or extra confectioners’ sugar. The filling was sweet and a little tangy, we enjoyed the creaminess of it against the crunch of the waffles. In order to enjoy that contrast though, you need to eat it right after it’s done cooking. Unfortunately the sandwich will get soft as it sits.

We got this recipe from Food Network Magazine.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Food Network Magazine.

Take care everybody !

Football Fudge Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 package of 13 x 9 chocolate fudge brownies
  • Additional ingredients listed on fudge package
  • White writing gel

Directions

  1. Cook the fudge brownies according to the directions on the back of the box that they came in.
  2. Once the fudge brownies are cooked and have cooled down to room temperature, take a football-shaped (or oval-shaped) cookie cutter and punch out as many football-shaped pieces of the fudge brownies as you can (with the cookie cutter we had, we got seven football-shaped brownies out of each batch).
  3. Take the writing gel and duplicate the design seen in the photos below.

These came out looking so cute ! This isn’t so much a recipe as it is a decorating idea, something to give your snacks a football theme.

Recipe source unknown.

Take care everybody !

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. (16 oz.) dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham (we used ham from the “Brown Sugar-Bourbon-Glazed Ham” recipe
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup julienned or chopped carrots (we chopped our carrots)
  • ½ tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 carton (32 oz.) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water

Directions

  1. Using a 4- or 5-quart slow cooker, add all the ingredients to it, stirring to combine. Put a lid on the slow cooker and let it cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or until the peas are tender.

Serves 8.

This is such a scrumptious, filling and satisfying soup to have on a cold day. As the soup cooks, the house gets filled with all the aromas from the soup which just gets you that much more excited to eat this when it’s done cooking. The soup has a smokiness and a light sweetness to it that we think comes from the ham. The onion still has a little bit of bite to it even after all the time spent cooking it. You could use other types of cooked ham but we think the soup tastes the best when the ham from the “Brown Sugar-Bourbon-Glazed Ham” recipe is used in it.

Recipe source unknown.

Take care everybody !