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       Volume I - January 12, 2007

Happy New Year!
by Alice Osborne & Patty Liston

"The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!" -Edward Payson Powell

With this thought in mind we want to share a New Year's dinner tradition meant to give a meaningful start to the coming twelve months: serve black-eyed peas and lentils as part of your New Year's meal. Black-eyed peas stand for humility and thus invite good fortune. Lentils stand for prosperity, and thus lay the groundwork for the new year's finances. Together, these legumes are not only tasty, but a fun way to set the stage for 2007!

Here's a great crock pot recipe that incorporates black-eyed peas and lentils:
1 C black-eyed peas
1 C lentils
1 med. onion, chopped
1 C carrots, diced
1 C celery, chopped
4-6 C chicken stock or broth
1 tsp salt
˝ tsp pepper
Dash garlic powder
1 bay leaf
Pinch dried basil
2 C leftover ham, diced (optional)
Saute vegetables in olive oil until translucent. Combine all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low temperature for 5 or 6 hours, or until peas and lentils are soft. (May need to add extra water or stock during cooking.) Remove one or two cups and puree, then return this mixture to the crock pot. Serves 6-8.

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