Hoppin John

Hoppin John

Hoppin John is a Southern tradition. The peas represent coins, and the greens represent dollars... and serving with cornbread symbolizes gold. Eating it on New Year's Day is believed to ensure luck and prosperity for the whole new year. This year Mark and I officially became Southerners with our first batch of Hoppin John!

Baby Spinach Feta Salad

Baby Spinach Feta Salad

Baby spinach is wonderful. Growing up, the only place we could find it was in our garden. Thankfully, it is now available at any grocery store, and so unless I am making a Ceasar salad, I typically ignore the iceberg lettuce and head straight for the “real” greens. The feta plays satisfyingly well against the crunch of the peppers and the roasted onions.

Gazpacho

Gazpacho

My friend Angela, speaking little to no English, relocated from Spain to the USA in the early '90s with her husband. In Angela’s part of Spain, gazpacho (gahz-PAH-cho) is served year round as both a cool drink and a cold soup. This is my take on her family favorite.

Sauteed Kale

Sauteed Kale

Sauteed kale is a quick and easy side or an excellent addition to salads, pasta, or the protein of your choice. Sometimes we throw a few cranberries into the mix to add a punch of flavor.

Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus is a quick, easy side. To keep asparagus fresh after purchasing, trim a half-inch from the stems and arrange in a glass filled with an inch of water. Refrigerate until ready to use. Think of it as a green bouquet for your refrigerator!