My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Friday, January 21, 2011

Black-Eyed Pea Soup

You might remember that I had mentioned in December that most of my Christmas presents came from my kitchen. This year I gave my brother, Larry, and Edie a Beverly's Back Porch - Soup of the Month Gift Certificate. Which means every month they will get a pot of soup from me. I think I forgot to tell them it would always be a healthy soup. It doesn't matter, it will be delicious. This will be their soup of the month coming up shortly. Their January soup was Winter Soup

Black-Eyed Pea Soup
1 cup = 1 vegetable serving
125 calories per cup

nonstick cooking spray
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
4 medium celery ribs, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound dry black-eyed peas, rinsed
2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 teaspoons salt OR to taste
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper
6 cups chicken broth

Spray a large pot with nonstick spray and add onion, green pepper, celery and garlic; cook until tender; about 10 minutes.

Add peas, seasoning and broth. Reduce heat to medium low. Cook covered, until peas are tender enough to fall apart and liquid is thickened, about 1 hour.

Uncover to skim off foam as necessary; stir peas often to prevent sticking.

Add more broth if necessary.


  1. Great recipe and what a nice gift idea!

  2. Sounds good. Soup of the month is a great present. I like the new design of your blog.

  3. Sounds good! I will have to try that. Such a good gift. They will enjoy that all year!

  4. what a terrific gift idea! did you make the cabbage yet?

  5. What a wonderful idea to give the gift of soup to someone special! This one sounds delicious and I'm going to also check out your Winter Soup!

  6. love the new look of your blog...hey...joyce has been helping me in the bread baking department...i think i saw she was helping you too...isn't joyce THE BEST !!!!!

    happy to visit here today, my friend and i LOVE the soup of the month idea...brilliant

    kary and l'il teddy

  7. Nothing better than soup on a cold winter's day.

    I made a big loaf of banana walnut bread this afternoon along with a huge batch of baked spaghetti.

    Cathy @ Country Cathy

  8. Soup of the month is a wonderful gift idea! I have no doubt that the recipients agree. I hope you'll post all the recipes all year long.


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