Happy New Year Wishes (recipe included)

Best wishes for a creative, productive, happy, and peaceful 2008. Where I come from (East Tennessee) it is tradition to eat black-eyed peas for good luck in celebration of the New Year. Sometimes that means beans out of a can, sometimes it means more: Today Ashley treated me to a plate full of not only Hoppin' John, but also greens and macaroni and cheese. Yes, 2008, we're off to a good start.

Follow along at home:

If you have the Joy of Cooking, and you should, there's a good recipe for Hoppin' John in there.

Of course, there are variations. Here's one. Vegan? I haven't forgotten you.

Happy New Year to all!