Traditionally, eating beans and greens on New Year's Day is supposed to bring luck and prosperity. With Chef John's delicious recipe, you can have good luck any day of the year!

Place black-eyed peas into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 8 hours to overnight. Drain and set aside. Cook pork necks and bacon in a Dutch oven over...


  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas
  • 1 pound pork neck bones
  • 3 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces smoked ham, diced
  • 1 bunch kale, ribs removed and leaves torn into pieces

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