According to lore, during the Civil War, the Yankees pillaged and plundered the south until there was little left for southerners to eat except for black-eyed peas and greens. The south survived and thrived on these nutrient rich, common foods and today they are a staple we love to enjoy anytime. Add some cornbread-another southern staple-and a fortunate New Year is almost guaranteed!
The Goodnight Way
1 can whole corn, drain half the juice
1 can black-eyed peas, drain half the juice
1 bell pepper, diced (The red or yellow ones make it pretty, but green will do.)
½ cup green onions, diced (any onion will do)
1 medium tomato, diced
1 tsp. minced garlic
Optional: If you like spicy, add a chopped jalepeno.
Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
½ cup vinegar
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
Mix the sugar and vinegar together until the sugar melts. Then add the oil and mix well. Pour over the vegetables, stir and chill for about an hour until the flavors get well acquainted. Can be made the night before. Serve as a cold side dish or as a dip with tortilla chips or Fritos.
WISHING YOU A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS 2015!