A Little Recipe, A Lotta Cute Baby

Happy New Year from our New Year’s Baby, 2003 edition (Miss C.)

Tonight is the first New Year’s Eve that I can recall that we don’t have plans to go out and do something…go to a party or out to dinner. But we’re fine with staying in tonight. The hubby is going to buy “our” champagne that we’ve been drinking since we were in our 20s (Freixenet) and I’m going to dust off our crystal champagne flutes that we received as a wedding gift in 1997. The girls will probably do shots of chocolate milk. I don’t have to go into work until Monday so at some point I may even shower!

Growing up my mother always made black eyed peas for good luck on New Year’s Day. I don’t like plain straight up black eyed peas, but I will eat them if they are disguised as Southern Caviar, or Texas Caviar, or whatever you call it…it’s good stuff. I’ve posted another variation over at Savvy Housewife.

Dixie Caviar Cups (from the December 2008 issue of Southern Living)

* 1  (15.8-oz.) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
* 1  cup  frozen whole kernel corn
* 1  medium-size plum tomato, seeded and finely chopped
* 1/2  medium-size green bell pepper, finely chopped
* 1/2  small sweet onion, finely chopped
* 2  green onions, sliced
* 1  jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced*
* 1  garlic clove, minced
* 1/2  cup  Italian dressing
* 2  tablespoons  chopped fresh cilantro
* 30  Belgian endive leaves (about 3 bunches)
* 1/2  cup  sour cream


1. Combine first 9 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Seal bag, and chill 24 hours; drain.

2. Spoon mixture into a bowl; stir in cilantro. Spoon about 1 rounded Tbsp. mixture into each endive leaf. Dollop with sour cream.

*2 1/4 tsp. finely chopped pickled jalapeño peppers may be substituted.

Makes 15 servings.

So, how are you ringing in the New Year?


  1. Liz@thisfullhouse says:

    Great pic — my almost New Year’s baby was born 13 years ago…on Dec. 28th…YIKES! The 6 of us are spending New Year’s Eve together and probably in our pajamas. So, I don’t even have to change 🙂 Happy New Year, BlondeMomClan!

  2. MudslideMama says:

    That recipe sounds like a reasonable substitute for the real thing (caviar), thanks.

    As for me, well, I’m spending New Year’s Eve with my family and in-laws down in San Diego. We’re supposedly going to one of the best steakhouses in the city. As long as it’s festive!

    Happy 2009 to you and your family.

    MudslideMamas last blog post..Happy New Year from The Traveling Mamas

  3. DBN says:

    I love that recipe. I think we will just have canned field peas and I have collards as well. (Ick, I know!)

    DBNs last blog post..2008

  4. melinda says:

    For as long as I can remember, my family has celebrates New Years at home. (Of course, excluding the years when I lived overseas or when my sis lived overseas… Or when we all were overseas!!)

    Anyway, since we don’t drink, we always buy a 2-liter of “bubbly”, usually diet sprite or cherry 7up or something like that.

    We watch Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve and toast to the ball drop. It’s small and quiet but we love it.

    melindas last blog post..battery drain issues

  5. Kailani says:

    We stayed in, too. I think I prefer a nice quiet evening at home. Happy New Year!

    Also, thank you for stopping by and for your kind words and support. I really appreciate it!


    Kailanis last blog post..Aloha Friday #63

  6. David says:

    I’ve never tried blackeyed peas, always just thought they were a band. A traditional new years eve for us is chocolate dipped honey combs, my mom always used to make them back when we lived on a farm in the middle of nowhere. Was a cheap but delicious mix.

  7. cody says:

    I tried making that, it enveloped the kitchen when I threw in the baking soda and set quickly on everything as super-toffee 🙁 wife unhappy, walls are sticky.

  8. Samantha says:

    Personally I enjoy any recipe that is unusual or unusual things can happen like Cody’s story. Very fun and messy, but get it right and you get some delicious food. Either way its a win-win situation.

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