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Difference between: black-eyed peas and purple hull peas

Confession: This was  a difficult Difference Between – I couldn’t find a lot of information on purple hull peas. Although, what I did find was quite favorable.

In the interest of today being New Years Eve – I do love seasonal posts! – I did want to write about black-eyed peas, a Southern staple and longtime good luck New Years food. 

So, here’s what I found with the difference between black-eyed peas and purple hull peas.

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Absolutely amazing chili

I have literally won an award for this chili. It is probably one of my top 10 favorite recipes ever. I adapted it from this one.

I’d been thinking about making it for weeks, and I decided to make it yesterday even though it was 75 degrees out.

This is a very spicy chili, but you could easily omit the hot peppers and cayenne pepper; just add a couple more bell peppers in there.

Ingredients (there’s a lot):

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 habanero pepper, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp chopped green onions*
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can chili beans
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can light red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (12 oz) bottle Lager style beer (I use Yuengling)
  • 2 tbsp cornmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 

*To make a stupidly long story short, I didn’t have green onions this time; the chili still turned out the super spicy, super flavorful dish I remembered it to be.

Another side note: I was consider using my pickled hot peppers for this chili, but decided against it because I was afraid to alter the origin of the spiciness. If anyone has a chili recipe that uses  pickled peppers, please share it with us!

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Black bean and corn salad

There’s a bit of a funny story behind this recipe: I was going to a Mother’s Day cookout last weekend, and was bringing a potato salad. My mother emailed me the day before the wedding saying that the host had told her to bring a vegetable side dish, and she was bringing potato salad, because that was close enough.

I may have freaked out a little bit: “Mom I’m bringing potato salad you can’t bring potato salad!!!!”  “Well the potatoes are cooking right now give me another idea!” I quickly looked up vegetable side dishes to bring to cookouts and emailed her three recipes.

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