Texas Caviar | Good Luck from the Garden

Texas Caviar, Good Luck from the Garden

Texas Caviar | Eat Black-Eyed Peas for Good Luck
Texas Caviar | A Healthy Snacking Option | Eat Black-Eyed Peas for Good Luck

Families Love Traditions

Here’s a tradition you may want to add to your family holiday traditions. Eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s day to bring you good luck throughout the coming year. Born and raised in West Texas, Mother said that “one must eat black-eyed peas on New Years Day for luck throughout the coming new year”. I never knew why, it’s just something we did because ‘Mama said so’. You have to eat black-eyed peas on New Years Day for good luck. So I grew up with just enough superstition to observe this one tradition. We can all use good luck, right? I wasn’t fond of black-eyed peas so I searched for a recipe that would make them more palatable. My mother found the fact that I didn’t like black-eyed peas absurd, something unheard of in her family, so this aberration must have come from my father’s Yankee heritage, a Proctor as in Mary Proctor of the Salem witch trials.

My Texas Caviar

Here’s a great Texas Caviar recipe I found and have amended that my family just loves! This recipe comes with a warning. Once you try Texas Caviar you can’t stop eating it, it’s addictive. My daughter-in-law eats it in a bowl with a spoon like gazpacho, a Spanish styled soup made from tomatoes and other vegetables and spices served cold.

Home Grown Gaga's Garden
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Texas Caviar


3-4 cans of black-eyed peas with green chiles

1 whole red onion finely chopped, or you can use chopped green onion as well

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

3-4 jalapeno peppers, seeded & minced (be careful not to get oil on your skin if sensitive)

4 clove garlic, minced

3 large tomatoes, chopped or you can add 2-3 cans of rotel tomatoes

8oz bottle zesty Italian salad dressing, or light done right or Fat-free Italian

1-2 bunches of cilantro

1 can chopped gr. Chiles


In large bowl, combine all ingredients except cilantro and stir to combine. When ready to serve, mix in the chopped cilantro and serve as a dip with tortilla scoops or toasted baguette slices. Store, covered up to 10 days in the refrigerator. Note: I store mine even after I have added cilantro and it’s still wonderful.ChristmasOhMy

How Did The Tradition Of Black-Eyed Peas Being Lucky Start?

Back in the days of Southern gentility, and Northern hostility, black-eyed peas were used strictly for the feeding of cattle in the South. During the Civil War battle of Vicksburg, the town was under siege for over 40 days. Supplies were cut off from the town. The entire town was on the brink of starvation. During this time they ate the humble “cowpeas,” to avoid starvation starting a southern tradition. Nowadays black-eyed peas are eaten every New Year’s Day to bring good luck for the coming year. This tradition can be traced back to the times of the Pharaohs in Egypt where black-eyed peas had been a symbol of luck and fortune. The superstition is that those who eat black-eyed peas, an inexpensive and modest food, show their humility and save themselves from the wrath of the heavens because of the vanity they might have. Black-eyed peas are neither a pea nor a bean. They are lentils.

Snoopy Tree at The Dodge Dealership Service Department

Snoopy Tree at The Dodge Dealership Service Department

Four Seasons of Roses

Gaga's Garden Roses 2015 Calendar Cover 'Moonstone'

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Gaga's Garden Roses 2015 Calendar Cover 'Moonstone'
Gaga’s Garden Roses 2015 Calendar Cover ‘Moonstone’

Gaga’s Garden Calendar of Roses represents a dream come true. What’s so special about this calendar? Here’s the back story: When my picture of a spray of ‘Julia Child’ was chosen for the American Rose Society calendar in 2014, folks asked me, “why don’t you do your own rose calendar?”

Julia Child
Julia Child

So I present you Gaga’s Garden Roses 2015. It includes roses like ‘Elle’, for the month of April, a rose near and dear to my heart. I planted ‘Elle’ when my granddaughter Gabrielle was born. She now has a little sister named Ella, so now its doubly meaningful to me. People tell me they want roses that are named for or remind them of themselves, friends, family members or celebrities all the time, and ask me to assist them in their search to locate them. The names of roses in the garden are always a topic for conversation on garden tours. So you see rose names matter.

'Elle' featured for the month of April, 2015 with a quote from Alain Meilland, Meilland Roses International,
‘Elle’ featured for the month of April, 2015 with a quote from Alain Meilland, Meilland Roses International,


“A rose is an argument. It proclaims the triumph of beauty over brutality, of gentleness over violence, of the ephemeral over the lasting, and of the universal over the particular. The same rose bursts into bloom on the North Cape and in the Sahara Desert.”~Alain Meilland


Neil Diamond, new from Weeks Roses 2015 Cataolog
Neil Diamond, new from Weeks Roses 2015 Cataolog

Over the years people have taught me that a garden says so much about who we are. A rose garden can give one a venue of remembrance, an outlet for stress, a show place for photography, a sorcerers delight for alchemy, a veritable rainbow of colors, and a tapestry of fragrance so deep it touches the soul. The delight and knowledge I’ve gained through conversations about names of roses has continued to inspire me. Roses offer a way to softly gain access to the five senses in the garden that then gently whisper thoughts of life and our loved ones worth remembering that only a walk in a rose garden can inspire. Listen and let the garden speak to us. Let us count the ways on your calendar of Gaga’s Garden Roses 2015 . Happy New Year! Click on this link to buy the calendar. Happy New Year!

Don’t forget 10% of profits are donated to the American Rose Society.

The Rose Garden
The Rose Garden