Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Hot Mess of Deliciousness - Happy 2011 Y'all!

Does look a little bit like a hot mess doesn't it?  Well it was a delicious hot mess and I think we have all bases covered here for health, and wealth, and prosperity and forward progress into the new year.  The Cajun ate the entire plate, including every single drop of the greens which frankly, took me by surprise. I am impressed.

1.  Black-eyed Pea Jambalaya - Deep South Hoppin' John

If you're gonna do a Hoppin' John, might as well make it a Deep South Hoppin' John! The Trinity, plus bacon, ham, smoked sausage, black-eyed peas - loaded with layers of flavor like a jambalaya should be, and with just enough of a Cajun kick, this one is a winner.  

2. Smothered Pork Roast and Gravy with Rice

My hands-down favorite on the entire plate. A pork shoulder smothered down in a garlic and onion, rosemary and thyme infused gravy, and cooked in covered Dutch oven, low and slow. Don't miss this one. A-mazing.

3. Greens and Black-eyed Peas

This actually started off as a Greens and Black-eyed Pea soup, but I just used a slotted spoon to extract out the goodies so it could be plated.  Just excellent.

4.  Smothered Cabbage

This one hasn't made it to the site yet, but it's basically sliced cabbage, smothered down with cooked ground beef, tomatoes, onion, garlic, some rice and some seasonings. A deconstructed cabbage roll so to speak. Pretty darned good way to consume some cabbage.

A delicious hot mess!

As to all of you, I want to thank you all for being a part of this experience here with me. I appreciate your visits, your comments and emails, the stories, the memories, and the recipes that you have so freely shared with me. I appreciate and value your friendship, much more than I suppose any of you will ever know. I am humbled and I thank you.

I wish you all health, prosperity, joy and happiness in the new year. May you always have a table full of plenty, with good home cooked food, precious time spent with friends and family, and making memories to treasure all of your life. Happy New Year to you all.
“In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want.” 
– Traditional Irish toast

Love to you all.