My hoppin' john turned out the best I think it ever has this year. Soaked the black eyed peas overnight, simmered this morning with a few pieces of bacon. Sauteed a chopped up onion and bell pepper and 2 minced cloves garlic. Mixed with beans, a bit of water, a bunch of bacon, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. Served over rice and with spinach salad and cornbread muffins. That was our lucky New Years dinner. Definitely want to remember for next year!