By Jennifer A. Wickes
History / Geography 6 red potatoes -- cut 1" thick
This vegetable has been cultivated since ancient times, probably from southwest
There are numerous varieties, all apart of the legume family. The English Pea is
eaten fresh, whereas the Field Pea is grown to be used in a dried form. Then,
there are Pod Peas which are peas that are eaten whilst still in the pods. Snow
Peas and Sugar Snap Peas are examples of pod peas.
How to Select
Make sure the pods are smooth and green. The peas should be
tender, but not floury.
Peas taste best eaten immediately after picking. Keep in an airtight container
in the refrigerator for 2 - 3 days.
Fiber and zinc.
In ancient times, peas symbolized money and love!
Grenache Rose, Zinfandel, Pinot Grigio, Chenin Blanc
Allspice, basil, cardamom, chervil, coriander (ground), dill, fennel, marjoram,
mint, parsley, rosemary, savory, tarragon
1 lb. fresh, in pods = 1 cup shelled
10 oz. frozen = 2 cups
15 oz. can = 2 cups
Additional Information (Web Sites) USA Dried Pea & Lentil Council
Recipe By: Jennifer A. Wickes
6 eggs, hard-boiled -- chopped
3/4 cup rice vinegar
1 cup corn -- roasted
1 cup peas
1 cup carrots -- chopped
1 red bell pepper -- chopped
1/2 cup capers
1/2 cup black olives -- sliced
1/2 cup chives -- chopped
salt and pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons brown mustard
1 cup mayonnaise -- approximately
Dress an ear of corn with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in a preheated 350
degree oven for 30 minutes. Turn to make all sides a golden color.
Cube the potatoes, leaving the skin on. Put the potatoes in a pot with salt and
water. Bring to a boil. Cook the potatoes until a
knife can be inserted into the potato, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Do not
overcook the potatoes, as they will get mushy.
When cooked, drain thoroughly. Dress the potatoes with rice vinegar. Add the
chopped eggs and toss. Allow the mixture to
cool. When cool, discard any excess vinegar.
Slicing the carrots, steam the carrots until a little tender, but leaving some
crisp to it.
Add the remaining ingredients into the potato mixture. Mix carefully. Cover with
a plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Taste, and if necessary, add more salt, mustard, chives, or cayenne pepper.
Garnish with extra chopped chives.
Yields: 8 servings
Split Pea Soup
Recipe By: TJ Hill - Appetites Catered
6 ounces salt pork
10 ounces onion -- minced
5 ounces celery -- minced
5 ounces carrot -- minced
6 quarts water -- or stock
1 ham hock -- or ham bone-smoked
2 pounds green split peas
1 whole bay leaf
2 whole cloves
6 whole peppercorns
Mince or grind salt pork. Cook slowly in a heavy stockpot, over a low flame, to
render the fat.
Add the mirepoix and sweat until slightly softened. Add the ham hock / bone and
water / stock.
Rinse and drain the split peas, add to the stockpot. Tie the bay leaf, cloves,
and peppercorns in cheesecloth as for a sachet. Add to the stockpot.
Cover and simmer for 60 minutes, over a low flame, until peas are tender. Remove
sachet and ham hock / bone.
Puree in a food processor. Force through a chinois to strain. Return to a
Add additional stock or water to thin as needed. Season to taste with salt and
Trim meat off of ham hock and add to soup.
Yields: 24 servings
Snow Pea & Pear Salad
1/4 cup plain yogurt
8 radicchio leaves
2 tablespoon pineapple juice
3 green onions -- thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoon chopped walnuts toasted
1 lg firm -- ripe pear
20 snow peas divided
1 teaspoon lime juice
Combine yogurt, pineapple juice & sugar in a bowl. Stir well & set aside.
Cook snow peas in a small amount of boiling water 15 seconds. Drain well.
Cut the pear in half lengthwise. Core & cut lengthwise into thin slices. Brush
with lime juice.
Arrange snow peas & pears on each of the four radicchio lined salad plates.
Drizzle each with 1 1/2 T. yogurt mixture. Sprinkle with green onions & walnuts.
Yields: 4 servings