Peas on Earth, Good Luck to All

As we get ready to ring in the New Year, it’s fun to prepare for the good things we hope are to come – health, happiness, and prosperity. In houses all over the country, family and friends gather around the table, sharing a meal to start the year off on the right foot.

A fine southern tradition, which has happily spread above and beyond the Mason-Dixon line, is serving black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring good luck throughout the year. As entrenched as it is in Southern culture, this tradition goes back even farther in history. Since biblical times Jewish households have served black-eyed peas at Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, to welcome good fortune into the home.

Don’t forget the black eyed peas for good luck this New Year! @cabotcheese #recipe #roundup #ontheblog:

Black-eyed peas are actually little beans that pack a big nutrition punch. They’re loaded with complex carbohydrates, protein, and fiber so they fill you up quickly and help you stay full longer. All this, and they bring you good luck! It’s no wonder why members of the Cabot Cheese Board love this lucky legume. Here are just a few of their yummy recipes for this New Year’s favorite. We begin with Angie from Eclectic Recipes and her tried-and-true take. Her Cheesy Black-Eyed Pea Jalapeno Dip is perfect for game-day snacking…or any time!

Cheesy Black-Eyed Pea Jalapeno Dip

Cheesy Black-Eyed Pea Jalapeno Dip


We’re swooning over these Black-Eyed Pea Nachos from Kristina at Love and Zest. What a great way to lighten up a plate of delicious nachos without sacrificing taste.

Black-Eyed Pea Nachos

Black-Eyed Pea Nachos


We can always count on Rebecca at Foodie with Family to come up with an amazing take on an old favorite. Her Easy Slow-Cooker Black-Eyed Pea Dip with Corn + Bacon does not disappoint. It is creamy and savory, loaded with flavor and texture and just a bit of heat. All that as well as good luck in the New Year? Sign me up!



Cabot’s farm families have their own take on this southern tradition. Our Black-Eyed Peas & Cheddar Dip is great when served with veggies and chips. It also makes a great grilled sandwich spread if you’re feeling adventurous!

Black-Eyed Peas & Cheddar Dip

Black-Eyed Peas & Cheddar Dip


How about making a meal of it? That’s exactly what Joanne of Eats Well with Others does with her Pork & Black-Eyed Pea Chili. This bowl full of yum has it all. And according to Joanne, it’s a real hit with men of all ages. This is how she tells it: “This chili, is smoky spicy stick-to-your-ribs-but-not-to-your-thighs delicious. It will win you brownie points. And chocolate points. And take-you-out-to-a-Michelin-starred-dinner on V day points.”

Pork & Black-Eyed Pea Chili

Pork & Black-Eyed Pea Chili


Want to explore even more Good Luck recipes with Black-Eyed Peas? Here are some others from Cabot Cheese Board members. And from our farm families and all of us at Cabot, we wish you a wonderful 2015 full of love, luck, and joy!

The Recipe Redux: Blackeyed Peas and Bacon – Teaspoon of Spice

Texas caviar with roasted peppers – Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Black Eyed Pea, Greens & Turkey Sausage Soup

{recipe} BlackEyed Peas with Pesto – Food Confidence

Recipe: BlackEyed Peas with Mushrooms

Bean Curry | Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Black Eyed Peas and Grit Cakes | Joanne Eats Well With Others

A Texas New Year’s Menu – A Southern Fairytale

Eclectic Recipes » Green Black Eyed Peas

Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas with Ham

Fresh blackeyed peas with ham

Slow Cooker Black Eyed Pea and Greens Soup

Candace Karu reports on all there is to discover and love about food and farming as well as communicating Cabot’s mission to support community, volunteerism, and sustainability. Whether online, on air, or in person, her job is to amplify the passion and commitment of the 1200 farm families who own Cabot. When Candace is not representing Cabot, she lives, cooks, and works out in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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