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A long-standing tradition in my house, and in the homes of all of our Texas kin, is to always eat a dish with black eyed peas to bring luck in the New Year. “According to Southern folklore, [it is] the first food to be eaten on New Year’s Day for luck and prosperity throughout the year ahead” – gosoutheast.about.com.

To spice things up a bit, I hunted down my favorite black-eyed pea recipes that have a bit of Tillamook flair! Fun fact: Black-eyed peas used to be called “cowpeas”, so perhaps they have more in common with Tillamook than you would think?

Hoppin’ John with Tillamook Smoked Medium Cheddar Cheese

Cheesy Black-Eyed Pea Dip with Tillamook Butter and Tillamook Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Black-Eyed Pea Cakes with Jalapeño Sour Cream with Tillamook Butter and Tillamook Sour Cream

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon with Tillamook Butter

Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Sour Cream Dressing with Tillamook Fat-Free Sour Cream

Creamy Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Cumin and Thyme with Tillamook Sour Cream

What do you do to start your new year off right?

~ Gillian of the Tillamook Team

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