A Southern Thang

It was a travesty, I know, to open a can of black-eyed peas for luck, dump it into a saucepan, add slices of bacon for health and simmer that while I mixed up a batch of pre-packaged cornbread mix representing gold coins. While it was baking, I steamed some cabbage to attract paper money as I lit scented candles to camouflage that lovely aroma. When the oven light shined on a golden brown crust, my New Year’s Day meal designed to bring me luck in 2019 was ready.

Fingers crossed the luck won’t be directly related to the effort I put into its preparation. For me, minimal hassle on day one, on any day, is luck. though if there had been company coming I would have bought the dried peas to prepare in a slow cooker, included some hog jowl and boiled a few cabbage quarters. I would still have used a packaged mix for the cornbread. My momma and grandmas could never give me a recipe for their made-from-scratch cornbread, so a mix it always is for me.

Google has not been forthcoming with any traditional lucky New Year’s Day menus for folks living north of the Mason-Dixon line, so this food combo must be strictly a southern custom. Hope you had your lucky meal on January 1. HAPPY 2020!

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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