Ingredient: Dijon mustard

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Black Eyed Pea Salad with Sweet Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette

Serve with brown rice and summer’s stewed tomatoes and corn-

One of my favorite bean dishes is Hoppin’ John, a comforting stew of rice, tomatoes and black eyed peas. It is one of the best dishes to eat in the south on January 1st as black eyed peas signify good luck for the coming year. Well, as the weather starts to warm up I want to prepare beans in a way that are cooling not warming. This is my take on a southern black eyed pea salad which is usually tossed in Italian vinaigrette. I think you’ll find the caramelized sweet onion dressing elevates it to a whole new level and paired with an equally southern side, stewed tomatoes (with a couple surprise ingredients), y’all be talkin’ with a drawl by the last bite.

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Slow Cooker Drunken Beans (Frijoles Borrachos)

I adapted for the slow cooker a bean dish from Ivy Stark’s Dos Caminos Mexican Street Food cookbook (if you like Mexican street food this is a beautiful cookbook filled with both traditional recipes and twists on Mexican food at its best). Her version called for bacon but I have kept it vegetarian; the bacon can always be added as a condiment.