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Black-eyed peas is simple Southern dish that is delicious

Black eyed peas are an old school Southern favorite.
Black eyed peas are an old school Southern favorite. Special to the Sun Herald

Black-eyed peas are a Southern favorite and for good cause.

If you take the time to make them from scratch, they are simply delicious.

Results of using peas from a can are only so-so.

Sauté vegetables, add the fresh peas, season well, then cover with homemade stock, simmer until tender and that is all there is to it.

Add sausage if you like, and I always do. If you want to make this dish a bit more hoppin’ John-like, add rice.

Sometimes the best dishes are simple.

If you are trying to lose weight and stay healthy, the most important thing is to control portion size. A cup of black eyed peas is an ample portion. Eat well, but stay healthy.

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