• Let’s Cook Up A Mess Of Peas!

    Have you ever thought about it? We “put on a pot” of beans, but we “cook up a mess of peas.” At least my grandmother never said it any other way. Why? I have no idea. If we were getting them from the garden, we picked a mess of peas…if we were picking them to eat that day. We shelled a mess of peas…if we were shelling them to eat that day. So…today here at the Jones’ casa, we are cooking up a mess of peas!

    I don't eat a lot of peas myself; however, if I do eat peas, this is the way I want them cooked!

    I don’t eat a lot of peas myself; however, if I do eat peas, this is the way I want them cooked!


    Black-eyed Peas
    Large Onion
    1 Fresh Jalapeno
    Bacon Fat
    Garlic Salt or Fresh Garlic


    1. Melt about 3 tablespoons of bacon fat in large pan over medium heat.

    2. Slice or ring onions into any size you prefer and put in melted grease.

    3. Add one seeded and halved jalapeno.

    4. Stir in shelled and snapped peas.

    5. Sprinkle liberally with salt and garlic salt or add fresh garlic. Continue to let all ingredients cook in bacon fat, stirring fairly often. I usually continue to stir and cook until onions are translucent.

    6. Once onions are done, add water just to  cover plus about  two inches, reduce heat and let peas simmer until completely tender. Of course, if you prefer more water, add it. You may have to increase your seasonings with extra water.

    Of course, I was so anxious to get these on the table that I forgot to take another photo; however, my peas look just like yours, BUT they might just be a little tastier!  :)

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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    2 Responses to Let’s Cook Up A Mess Of Peas!

    1. Maxine Burns says:

      Fredda! That “mess of peas” sounds delicious!!! I love black-eyed peas!!!
      Interesting how people from different parts of the country feel about something like that. When we lived in the Rio Grande Valley…and got all of those wonderful fresh vegetables…..oh my! Anyway, the first time that one of my friends saw me preparing to cook fresh black-eyed peas…she was appalled! She was from Illinois and said people only raised them there to feed the cows! She couldn’t believe that I was cooking those to serve to my family!!!! But when I gave her some that I had cooked she decided that they “weren’t bad at all”……..

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