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New Year's Day Tradition

Southerners enjoy a New Year's Day tradition of eating Black-Eyed Peas and Greens.  The "peas" are for good luck and the greens are for prosperity.  I will be perfectly honest and say that I am not a fan of either and have found a wonderful way to disguise the Black-Eyed Peas in my Aunt Nita's salsa recipe. 




Aunt Nita's Salsa Recipe

One can Black-eyed Peas, drained
One can Black Beans, drained
2 Cans White Corn, drained
2 cans Yellow Corn, drained
1 can Mexican Style Tomatoes- DO NOT DRAIN! 
2 bunches green scallions, thinly sliced
2 Jalapeno Peppers, seeded and diced
Dash of favorite hot sauce

In large mixing bowl mix tomatoes, peppers, onion and hot sauce.  Fold in drained vegetables and mix well.  This recipe is better is even better the second day!   Keep refrigerated. 

This is an excellent recipe for any time during the year. It is also very flexible.  My aunt brought me some salsa Thanksgiving and made it with chickpeas (AKA Garbanzo Beans) instead of the Black-eyed Peas. Also very delicious! 

I make mine slightly different because I have a wimpy palate.  Instead of the 4 cans of corn, I mix in two cans of "Fiesta Corn" which includes red and green chiles.  This adds flavor because I delete the hot sauce and jalapeno peppers.  (I told you- wimpy palate!).  I serve mine with some whole grain taco chips.  As part of the tradition I take some over to my friend, Kimberly, another Southern girl who does not like Black-eyed peas! 

Whatever treat you are enjoying this New Year's Day, I wish you luck and prosperity! Happy New Year! 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

~Cynthia

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