How to Make Black-eyed Peas

stewed black-eyed peas

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Black-eyed Peas are a must for many on New Year’s Day, as they are said to bring good luck in the New Year. Whether or not that’s true, they will definitely bring you warmth and goodness anytime you cook them. A Louisiana and Southern tradition since the early days of our country, Black-eyed Peas are comfort food as rich in tradition as they are in flavor. Here is Sweet Daddy D’s simple, no-angst recipe for Black-eyed Peas, simmered in rich stock with Creole seasoning and Andouille Sausage. Serve this over rice for memorable and traditional New Year’s fare, but I bet you’ll end up wanting these year-round.

Black-eyed Peas with Smothered Cabbage and Baked Ham on a paper plate
Black-eyed Peas with Smothered Cabbage and Baked Ham

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Aunt Ellen’s Fruit Cake

Fruit cakes right out of the oven

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Fruit Cake-the Brussels Sprouts of Holiday treats! Come on, they can’t be that bad….they go all the way back to the ancient Egyptians and are a staple of traditional Christmas on multiple continents. Don’t give up on fruit cake until you’ve tried Aunt Ellen’s Fruit Cake. It’s full of sweet candied and dried fruit, marinated in Cherry Brandy, then mixed with nuts in a spiced batter that’s baked to golden perfection before being soaked with more Cherry Brandy! The outcome is a sweet, moist pastry that just says Christmas is Here! If you haven’t tried fruit cake, this is the one to try. If you are a fruit cake lover, then you’ll know that Aunt Ellen’s Fruit Cake is the best you have ever had! 

Four fruit cakes on a cooling rack
Aunt Ellen’s Fruit Cake

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What You Need to Know About Fruit Cake

Fruit cake in an angel-food pan

Fruit cake…that dense, dry cake full of everything but flavor,  a punchline made infamous by Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show in the 1960’s when he said:

The worst Christmas gift is fruitcake… There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other, year after year.”

From then on, fruit cake was the Tonight Show’s Christmas punching bag. But before you judge it too quickly, let’s take a closer look at this much-maligned confection. Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Fruit Cake”