Monday, December 31, 2012

Hoppin John Poem in a Shop

Today is the last day for IPYPIASM & I decided to write an actual poem for the occasion. I have to say that this placement was QUITE nerve wracking because the grocery store was INSANE today! I guess the double-whammy of snow & New Year's Eve was enough to make everyone come to the store. I was amused because our store was remodeled a couple of months ago & they moved everything around. And obviously all these extra shoppers hadn't been in since the remodeling - they all just moved around in circles with confused looks on their faces. I should have been taking pictures of them. Instead, I placed my poem (after I got my two cans of peas), took my picture & skedaddled to the next aisle. Whew! Now I can relax back into my life of obscurity.

Note: Hoppin John is eaten on New Year's Day for luck. Go here to read more about it.

And here's the recipe I'm making tomorrow:

Hoppin' John Soup
Serves 6

1 large onion - chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 pound kielbasa -- chopped
2 cans black-eyed peas -- drained
1 can navy beans -- drained
1 cup brown rice, cooked
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper -- optional
1/2 teaspoon thyme
salt and pepper -- to taste
2 cans chicken broth

In a soup pot, heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion and cook till translucent. Add kielbasa, peas and beans, rice, broth and seasoning. Stir well to blend and heat. Mash beans slightly to help thicken soup (use the back of your spoon or a potato masher). Serve when hot.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Serve with corn muffins (make or buy), and a big spinach salad.

Happy New Year everyone!


  1. Love this!! What a serendipity for someone today :>) Happy New Year's!!

  2. Love it! My black-eyed peas are on the stove this minute. We always eat them on New Year's Day. We need the extra luck this year.

  3. Love the poem and your sneakiness.

  4. Shoot! I wanted to cook my onions until truculent! ;-)

  5. my black eyed peas are on to soak!!!

    Happy New Year!

  6. that's spectacular! a moving poem AND a recipe. 2 points at least.

    happy new year.

  7. Oh, baby. I made Hoppin' John last year but this recipe sounds great. I may have to try it. Happy New Year to you, Dana, and Mike.

  8. I don't think anyone would go wrong with this tasty recipe. Happy New Year.

  9. The recipe sounds easy enough for me to make. I'll have to try it!

    Happy New Year to you and Dr. M.

  10. You should have left the recipe with the poem!

    Happy New Year!

  11. Love the poem! And the soup sounds great. Happy New Year!

  12. Oh Karen you are too funny - the soup is simmering even now & I think the onions WERE truculent!

    Nance - the recipe was on the back. I hope someone decided to use it :)

  13. Your creativity never ceases to amaze!

    Happy New Year, Dana.


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