Written January 1, 2013
Tonight my kitchen smells like home. All afternoon a batch of black-eyed peas simmered in the crock-pot, filling the air with the soul-food aroma of salty smoked ham-hock, onions, bay leaves, and black peppercorns—my Georgia grandma’s recipe for a dish called “Hoppin’ John.” It’s tradition in the South to have black-eyed peas on January 1st to guarantee good luck in the New Year. The tradition runs so deep as to have become superstition—that to not eat the peas will actually bring bad luck! And God knows we all need 2013 to be a lucky year.