I had a stack of recipes copied from library cookbooks or gleaned from other sources that I needed to file. As I sorted them, this one stuck out as one I needed to try soon. It’s hard to resist something called a dinner pie (OK, any kind of pie).
This homey soup is hearty and simple. The original recipe is from damndelicious.net; I adapted the version offered by The Candid Appetite. Dicing the vegetables means the soup cooks faster, making it a good weeknight meal for busy people.
In the fall, we drove to Nashville, Memphis and Birmingham for a great music and civil rights tour.* So I definitely wanted to honor the Southern tradition of ringing in the New Year with black-eyed peas and collards to bring good luck.