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Black Eyed Pea Soup

You may or may not have heard about eating black eyed peas on New Years as a measure of good luck, but in my family this has been a tradition for as long as I remember. The history of good luck dates back to the Civil War. Black-eyed peas were considered animal food (like purple hull peas).The peas were not worthy of General Sherman's Union troops. When Union soldiers raided the Confederates food supplies, legend says they took everything except the peas and salted pork. The Confederates considered themselves lucky to be left with those meager supplies and survived the winter and black eyed peas became symbolic of luck. Whatever the reason may be, it might be a fun tradition to start 2017. Below is a recipe for one way to prepare black eyed peas. Try if for yourself!

6 cups water

1 Cube chicken bouillon

1 Pound dried black-eyed peas, sorted and rinsed

1 onion, diced

2 gloves garlic, diced

1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and diced

1 jalapeno chile, seeded and minced

8 ounces diced ham

4 slices bacon, chopped

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 ½ teaspoons cumin