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?
What do you do to start your new year off right?
~ Gillian of the Tillamook Team