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Hoppin' John & Leghumper

Posted Jan 02 2011 5:14pm
     This post is a recap of our New Year's Eve and Bama football weekend since I'm not cooking tonight.  We are going with our Sunday night tradition...Red Elephant pizza for Forrest and a veggie wrap for me...yum!  So, New Year's Eve in Dothan ended up being a blast.  The Cosby's had a pre-bash at their house with a few friends, good tunes (thanks Ethan for bringing the iPod and not making us listen to 106.7 on the radio), and brewskis.  We took a taxi to the Dothan Art Museum and threw down like rockstars.  Appetizers, drinks, great funk band, and dancing our way into 2011 - perfect way to ring in the new year!
     That would be my husband (in his top hat and suspenders) and me at the art museum....obviously, late night.  After the midnight countdown, we all walked over to our favorite local bar, Bullets, and kept the night going into the early morning. 
      We were dragging a bit on Saturday but I managed to hit up Publix for a few tailgating snacks.  I cooked all morning, loaded up the car, and we headed back to Sister and Dave's to watch Bama play in the Capital One Bowl.  Not much of a game (which thrilled my Bama loving bro-in-law) but we still had fun cheering, napping, and eating.  Since it's good luck to eat black-eyed peas (among other foods) on New Year's Day...I decided to make a Hoppin' John dip.....
Hoppin' John
2 cans black-eyed peas
white onion
green bell pepper
3/4 can vegetable broth
garlic salt

     I know this dish doesn't look appetizing but it's absolutely delicious.  Dice the onion and bell pepper..... sautee in a skillet.  Add two cans of black-eyed peas (don't drain), veggie broth, and a sprinkle of thyme and garlic salt.  Simmer for 45 minutes and you have a good luck snack for your New Year's Day.  We dipped with tortilla chips....or you could make rice and have more of a meal than an appetizer.

Cucumber Sammies
cocktail sourdough bread
fat free garden vegetable cream cheese spread
alfalfa sprouts

     This appetizer is self explanatory but I'll give you a quick run down.  Smear a piece of cocktail bread with the garden veggie cream cheese, add alfalfa sprouts, top with a cucumber, and salt/pepper - done!  These cucumber sammies were super refreshing and a healthy tailgating snack.  And now for the not so healthy....

Pigs in a Blanket
cocktail sausages/weenies ??
crescent rolls

     Can you believe I cooked something with real meat?  Me either!  Since I was out numbered 3 to 1 by carnivores...I decided to cook the easiest (and pretty much only) meat snack I know.  Wrap each pig in a crescent roll blanket, tuck them in, and kiss them goodnight...jokes.  Spray a baking sheet and cook the piglets in the oven on 350 degrees until the crescent roll is golden.
     Dill Havarti cheese, crackers, black bean and veggie hummus, carrots, celery, and ranch dip rounded out this Bama tailgating spread.....
     I have quite a collection of beer pictures from this holiday weekend (thanks Forrest) and finally decided on sharing this unique brew.....
     I like the creative name...and it makes for a funny blog title.  Anyway, this is the Thirsty Dog Old Leghumper Robust Porter and has a 5.7% abv.  This porter pours as a dark brown/almost black body and the head pretty much disappears instantly.  The initial flavor is lightly bitter but ends with a sweet licorice, cocoa powder, coffee-ish taste.  Not bad, not great so beer guy is giving it an 8...look at me bustin' a rhyme.
     Speaking of rhymes....I've loved this song for a while and figured it's worth sharing....

     Once again, excuse the lack of a video....this band is Tokyo Police Club and the song is "Gone."  I really like most of their songs from the album "Champ" but this one always puts a little pep in my step while driving to work in the morning.
     At the moment, Forrest, his friend Brooks, and David are all sitting in tree stands at the Jackson land.  I secretly have my fingers crossed that they don't kill a deer...I'm not sure I can handle Bambi or his Momma in our freezer.
Ughhh....Monday - enough said.
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