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.

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  1. Looks like a great feast! We had hopping john and ham biscuits for lunch.

  2. Looks deeelicious Mary. I'm gonna have to do some research on "hopping john". Don't know what that is here in Miami.

  3. Ok, read your I understand what "hopping john" .....I think.

  4. My house is smelling good....and dinner will be ready around 6ish! Blackeyed peas (aka Hopping John), rice, turnip greens with bits of country ham, scalloped tomatoes, country ham baking in the oven and corn bread....oh, and sweet tea with lemon! YUM! Of course, we have this traditional New Year's Day feast all throughout the year...Double YUM!

  5. You're killin me here, always knew I wasn't meant to be born a Yank, now you've gone and proved it. I'll be right overs ~ for the leftovers:) Love your blog.

  6. Sounds like a great lunch to me Steph!

    Joyce, essentially it's just black-eyed peas cooked with the rice in it. It's more of a Carolina/Low Country southern thing - mostly down here in this part of the south we eat our stewed black eyed peas served over rice, like the rest of the beans we eat!

    Beach Realtor, now that is one mighty fine meal for sure!

    Thanks so much and c'mon over sweet Sue! As always in the south, there's plenty to go around just in case somebody drops by, as they very often do!!

    Happy New Year Y'all!

  7. Happy New Year Mary! I haven't made Hoppin John, or eaten it either. I think I'm gonna have to make it after seeing yours. I'm looking forward to your cooked cabbage with ground beef post. I love stuffed cabbage rolls, but they take alot of time to make, and I'm rather lazy lately. :)

  8. Happy New Year Mary! That sure is one great display of southern goodness my friend!

  9. Happy New Year Mary! I've had my black-eyed peas and collard greens, I am ready.

  10. That hot mess is an inspiration if I ever saw one. Yummmers indeed.
    Hey, the thanks are extended right back to you for being such a generous hostess and sharing the recipes each time you invite us to join you. I have had a blast getting to know you through your cooking and your humor and your beautiful spirit. Shoooooweee, it looks like another good year for Ms. Mary and the kitchen richness you bestow on us your followers. You're a goodie Ms. Mary, XOXO, Happy 2011, The Olde Bagg herself, Linda

  11. I agree, one hot mess of deliciousness. I love how you numbered the items. Good stuff. I do like the sounds of that cabbage...I'm such a cabbage lover.

  12. Love the sound of the cabbage dish! Will you be posting that soon? Here in Colorado, we had North Carolina style pulled pork with sauted cabbage and purple hull peas. (I'm a NC transplant)

  13. Now that's my kind of plate... hot brown and plenty of it! It sounds amazing.

    Always a treat to read your blog. will be back whenever we get a fresh post in 2011... have a great year


  14. I believe your title says it all.

  15. I love all of your 'hot messes' Mary! Keep 'em comin'! I must apologize to you, as I have done to all of my favorite blogging friends, for my absence of visiting and commenting. we have had serious emergency health issues with my dad (who now live with us in the cold months) for one month now. I hope to be a better blogging friend if things ever calm down. I miss you stopping by too. Happiest of new years to you and your family. I look forward to reading your 2011 posts, even if I can't comment more often. Love, Roz

  16. A "hot mess" is a wonderful thing if this is what it is!!!

    We did hoppin john, pork roast, and collard greens.

  17. I love you for this one! I come here to get recipes my grandmother and mom used to make. They are exact. :)

  18. I found this on pinterest. Looks similar. I was dying to make the cabbage.

    1. Yes, that is similar - I can't believe I never published the recipe. I know I wrote it up - just need to get back to it!!


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