Dec 312015
 

Many of us eat black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s Day. I used to cook dried black-eyed peas with some fatty ham and jalapeño which is good, but I wanted something a little more exciting. After playing around with some recipes online, I came up with this dish. Even my husband, who doesn’t like beans or peas, enjoyed it.

Adding tomatoes symbolize health and kale to symbolize money to the black-eyed peas (prosperity or coin) and ham (forward movement or positive motion), should make this year very lucky! Luck aside, it’s a tasty rendition of a traditional dish.

New Years Black-Eyed Peas
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1/2 lb bacon or fatty ham, diced
  3. 1 small onion, diced
  4. 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  5. 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  6. 2 15-oz can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  7. 3 cups water
  8. 1 Tablespoon beef Better Than Bouillon or crystal/cube equivalent
  9. 1/4 cup jalapeño peppers (from jar), chopped
  10. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  11. 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  12. 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  13. 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  14. 1 tablespoon honey
  15. 1 bunch kale leaves, washed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  16. 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  17. 2 cups cooked rice
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot at medium heat. Add the bacon or ham and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add chopped onions and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until onions begin to soften.
  3. Add diced tomatoes with juice, water, bouillon, black-eyed peas, jalapeño, vinegar, cumin, chili powder and coriander. Stir, then cook uncovered over medium heat for about 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in honey and kale. Cook another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve over rice with grated cheese on top.
Adapted from Shannon Kuhn
Adapted from Shannon Kuhn
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/

Dec 212015
 

I’d never mixed white almond bark and peanut butter before, so I wasn’t sure how this would turn out. It was amazingly wonderful. Easy, sweet, salty and crunchy! And toffee. I love toffee.

I’m thinking about playing around with the recipe some more and seeing what I can do to make it look a little more “Christmasy” next time. It tastes great, but looks a little bland.

I’ll be making this again this year, but I have to make it at the last minute and give it all away so I don’t eat it all myself.

Christmas Crunch
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound white almond bark
  2. 1/2 cup peanut butter
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 4 1/2 cups broken pretzel pieces
  5. 1/2 cup toffee pieces
Instructions
  1. In double boiler (or in microwave), melt almond bark. Remove from heat.
  2. Add peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  3. Add broken pretzels and mix until all pretzels are coated.
  4. Spread on foil covered cookie sheet. Should be thin so it's easier to break later.
  5. Sprinkle with toffee and smooth with spatula.
  6. Refrigerate for 20 minutes to harden.
  7. Break into pieces and enjoy!
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/
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Dec 102015
 

When the one-night-only Traveling Vampire Show arrives in town, promising the only living vampire in captivity, beautiful Valeria, three local teenagers venture where they do not belong, and discover much more than they bargained for.

On a hot August morning in 1963, the rural town of Grandville is covered with fliers announcing the coming of something extraordinary – a one-night-only performance of The Traveling Vampire Show, featuring Valeria, the only known vampire in captivity. For three local teenagers, it’s a show they don’t want to miss. The trouble is, the show starts at midnight and they’re supposed to be home by then. And in any case, Janks Field, where the show will take place, has been declared off-limits because of its own sinister history. But they can’t just sit at home and let Valeria do her thing without them, can they?

Summary from Amazon.com

The book was one of Laymon’s more popular novels and won a posthumous Bram Stoker Award for best novel in 2001. A starred review from Publishers Weekly praised the novel for its “emphasis on atmosphere” specifically pointing out the social and sexual tensions among the three teens.

Reception information from Wikipedia.org

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