I have chosen this name for this blog because it truly states my story. I am a type II diabetic who most certainly enjoys food. When I was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago, my blood sugar level was over 400. With some oral medications, a lot of research and some trial and error, I have found that unlike my ancestors I truly can continue to enjoy food. I hope this blog will help you to also enjoy food and be healthy. Some recipes are my originals and some I have collected. Everyone reacts different to various foods. Check your blood sugar readings so you will know whether or not a recipe works for you! And feel free to take a recipe and adjust it to suit your needs.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


1 pkg (1 lb) dried black-eyed peas
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
1 lb smoked ham hocks
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
2 medium-sized carrots, diced
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded & diced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Put the peas in a Dutch oven and add water to two-inches above the peas.  Bring to a boil and boil 1 minute. Cover and remove from the heat. Let stand 1 hour; drain and set aside.

In a Dutch oven bring the broth, 2 cups water, and ham hocks to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat and cook for 1 hour.

Add the peas, onion, celery, carrots, jalapeno, salt and pepper to the broth.  Cover the mixture and cook 45 minutes to 1 hour until the peas are tender.  Stir occasionally during cooking.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.