Are you superstitious? I'm not. Well, I guess I am a little. I don't freak out if a black cat crosses my path, but I do feel a little nervous on Friday the 13th, and I try to avoid breaking mirrors. Not that I actually believe that breaking a mirror will give me 7 years of bad luck, but why tempt fate?
It's the same thing with black-eyed peas and collard greens. Do I really believe they're going to give me luck and prosperity? No. Heck, I'm a special ed teacher, the only way I'm going to get prosperous is a little luck on lottery day. But still, I make them every New Year.
Why not make them? It can't hurt. And it certainly tastes good!
My go-to Black-eyed peas recipe is Emeril's Hoppin John. I'm not going to post the recipe here since I follow it pretty much exactly, except that I do it in my crockpot. I brown the hocks and the veggies, toss them in the crock pot with the peas, and cook on high for about 4 hours or low for about 8. The one thing different I did this year was to use the Collard Greens Miniera instead of the usual slow cooked ones. Fabulous choice! The collards were still a little chewy and they contrasted perfectly with the creamy softness of the black-eyed peas.