Well y’all, I more than survived – I soaked up every second of Thanksgiving break! It was awesome to spend so much fun family time. Good, good food, so many laughs and multiple multiple card games. 🙂

Last week, I made a family favorite – Hopping John

This is super quick and easy one dish meal that the my guys like better than soup or stew.

You’ll need:

2 lbs. beef sausage, cooked and drained
2 – 12 oz frozen black-eyed peas, cooked and drained
2 c. quick cooking rice
1 med. onion, chopped
1 c. celery, chopped
2 T. parsley, dried
1 T. cilantro, dried
2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
2 cans broth, beef or chicken

In a large stew pot, add sausage, onions and celery. Cook until onions are nearly carmolized, add all other ingredients and allow to cook on medium low heat until rice is cooked. Stir occasionally, to keep from sticking. If more liqued is needed add water 1/2 cup at a time.

Serve with cornbread and homemade chow-chow for a warm autumn dish.

Have a fun week!


beef sausage = $3.19
black-eyed peas = $4.11
onion = $0.70
celery = $0.35
seasonings = $1.00
broth = $1.66
rice = $0.45
Total = $11.44/6=$1.90