We started off the New Year on a good foot. I made Glowing Green Smoothies and guess who drank one?
I had to capture it because it might not happen again even though he secretly knows they are so delicious.
We finally finished up the last of our holiday meal that I made on New Years Day. After Christmas, me Jayde & my mom all went shopping for some after-Christmas sales and we stopped in at Barnes & Nobles for coffee. The time we were there, I read some home decor books and my mom was looking for a soap-making book. As we were leaving, I noticed she had a bag. I figured it was a soap book. She gave it to me and said, “Here, look at the book I got.” I grabbed it and I was shocked when I saw what book it was.
I screamed…She knows how much of a fan I am. I have her other cookbooks plus I went to see her at a meet and greet when she came to Pearland a year of so ago.
Anyhow, as always, a lot of her recipes look craze-amaze (name that commercial.) I decided that I would try just about her entire New Years meal. I made black eyed peas (which she calls Hoppin’ Johns), rice, collard greens and cornbread. I’ve already made her cornbread before during Thanksgiving so I already knew it was good.
She shows different ways you can eat it but my favorite way is layered in a bowl with the pea-beans (is it peas or beans?), rice, collard greens and cornbread with crumbled bacon.
Oh, my…I don’t know why I don’t make this more often. Of course the kids want no part of it but Stephen said that the meal was excellent and I agree. I love this and I see me making it on a regular basis. The kids will just have to fend for themselves.
*Pioneer Woman’s Cornbread
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heat shortening in an iron skillet, muffin pan, or other baking pan. Combine corn meal, flour, and salt in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, milk, and egg. Add baking powder and baking soda. Stir. Add ¼ cup melted shortening, stirring constantly. Pour into hot pan, smoothing surface with spatula. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown on top.
I also enjoyed this entire bottle of champagne all to myself. Stephen doesn’t like it and I couldn’t just let it go to waste could I?