I am one of those people who laps up year-end lists. Give me the best books, best movies (and worst), best TV shows, I love reading them and seeing if any of my favorites made it. So why should I be any different? I love that I can look at my stats on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, but what I find really interesting are the yearly stats. Who knew MVK was so popular in Brazil, Canada, and Italy? But what I found even more interesting, was the five most searched for recipes throughout the year.
2014 Reader Favorites
So I decided to go to the archives and select what I thought were the best recipes of the year, either those I liked creating—or eating!
2014 MVK Favorites
I obviously like summertime cooking!
MVK’s Endorsement of the Week: Blackeye Peas for Good Luck on Thursday!
I’m not one for superstitions, but I always fix a batch of blackeye peas for New Year’s Day. I created this simple recipe a couple of years ago and it’s been my standby every New Year’s Day. When cooked, blackeye peas swell which symbolizes prosperity, the greens represent money, and because when pigs forage they go forward, the meat symbolizes positive motion!
So here is to good luck and good eating in 2015!
Good Luck Peas
Just omit the meat for a vegetarian version and it will taste just as good! Spinach, Swiss chard, or kale can be substituted for the collard greens.
2 tsp olive oil
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
½ medium onion, finely diced
3 cups of greens, chopped
1 14 oz. can blackeye peas
1 ¼ cup chopped ham, sausage, or kielbasa (optional), cooked
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Warm the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the garlic and onion and sauté until soft.
2. Add the meat, if using, and saute until warm.
3. Add the greens and sauté until wilted.