Saturday, September 18, 2010

Peas Are Like Sisters

Ever been a bit overwhelmed when shopping for peas, wondering the difference between the many varieties and which one tastes best?

Think about it this way. Peas are like sisters. They come from the same family. Even though they may look somewhat alike, they are different. Each one has her own personality, her own style, her own sense of humor. Likewise, each variety of pea has its own special flavor. Just like you would need to spend time with each sister to determine which one you liked more, you would need to try each variety of pea to decide which one you preferred.

Dixie Lee peas are a lot like the peas and snaps Grandma used to cook, and they are my personal favorite. Pink eyes are similar to black eyes, only smaller. Crowders are those yummy peas that cook up a red gravy. Six weeks tend to stay more green as they cook, but are equally tasty.

Peas can be cooked in chicken or vegetable broth, or water. Flavor them with a little salt. Bring them to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Let them simmer for about 30-40 minutes. The longer they slow cook the better, but be careful to not let them run out of water. Try a taste test. Leave comments. Which pea is your favorite?

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