Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year and Hello 2012!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! We spent Christmas in Louisiana with my family

Loved every minute of it!

We flew back to Washington in time to see in the New Year - quietly! I seem to have caught a cold back home in the *warm* south so didn't really feel like going all out for a big New Years day meal. But I still had to get in the required New Years day staples - black eyed peas and greens for luck and money! So I decided to just dump it all in a pot and see what happened. The result was pretty tasty and worthy of a repeat so I thought I would write it out and share.

New Years Day Black Eyed Pea "Gumbo"

2 Tablespoons bacon grease (or vegetable oil)
2 heaping Tablespoons all purpose flour
1 large onion, diced
1 small bell pepper, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch greens (I used Kale, but any would do)
2 cans black eyed peas
1 can diced tomatoes with chiles (Rotel)
Smoked Sausage or smoky ham or smoky bacon (smoke is the theme - for flavor). Whatever you have on hand. I used 3 links of good smoked Louisiana sausage that I have in my freezer courtesy of my parents.
3 cups chicken broth
Spices/seasoning to taste - I used Tony Chachere's Creole seasoning & garlic salt.
2/3 cup uncooked rice

Heat grease or oil in a skillet until hot. Add flour and stir continuously (heat medium-high) until you have a roux that is light reddish brown - you could go darker, but I didn't want to have a strong roux taste. Add onions, bell peppers, celery & garlic and cook down until vegetables are tender. Add greens, peas, tomatoes, sausage, broth and seasoning. Bring to a boil. Add rice. Cook until rice is tender (about 30 minutes). Serve with cornbread.

Wishing you a very prosperous, healthy and happy 2012! Thanks for taking the time this past year to check out my blog and what I have going on. Your comments have been much appreciated!

Joining in for Mosaic Monday this week over at Little Red House


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Hope the cold passes quickly! Happy New Year Suzy:@)

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Happy New Year, Suzy! Looks like a great time with your family, and a delicious looking gumbo!

colorchic said...

Looks like a warm, fun family! And the gumbo looks delicious! Happy New year!

Barbara F. said...

This looks and sounds so good. Hope your cold is gone. xo

Leslie's Garden said...

Hope you're feeling better soon. Seems like that sickness is making the rounds. Happy New Year!

Foley said...

What a rowdy looking group!! Happy New Year...

Denise said...

Don't you just love being a Southern girl. This is a particularly wonderful tradition.
Happy New Years!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the traditional meal, too! Happy New year! ♥

Anonymous said...

It was wonderful having all the family home for Christmas! And the gumbo looks wonderful & sure it was delicious. Love you, Mom

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Happy New Year, Suzy! Looks like you had a great time in Louisiana with your family. Sorry you caught another bug!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Forgot to say how delicious your gumbo looks!

mary said...

Looks like you all had fun. And your gumbo, that looks very yummy. Happy New Year!

Festive Season

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Suzy, I love gumbo and yours sounds and looks delicious! Love the family photo, and happy that you got to spend Christmas with your family. Even Mr. Jigs got to go to Louisiana!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Happy New Year and it looks like you had a great time with family. the gumbo looks delisch~

Mary said...

Omigosh, that looks delicious! Hope you are soon over your cold. Wishing you much joy in the new year. Thanks for sharing at MM. :) xoxo

Kathleen said...

Happy New Year, Suzy! That's a great family picture. Glad you had a good time, and I hope you are feeling better!

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Happy New Year, Suzy. I hope 2012 is a healthy and happy year for us all. What a beautiful family you have.

Kathy Faucheux said...

I love your blog! The recipes are great, and it really is the cutest blog on the block! Nice job!

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