Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Chicken Sausage

Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Chicken Sausage

Black-eyed peas were a common part of my southern diet while I was growing up in Mississippi. As I’ve written about food over the last couple of years, I often get curious about foods that I know so well, and I always find it interesting to investigate their history. It’s easy to think foods that… [read more]

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