Here at the Maricopa Cabana, Hoppin' John is one of the ways we celebrate the beginning of a New Year. Traditionally served with cornbread and greens (collard greens, mustard greens, chard, kale or cabbage), the main ingredients in this delicious winter dish are black-eyed peas, rice, chopped onion, country bacon (ham hock or fatback), green peppers and spices. Sassy always adds a little Arizona Gunslinger for an extra kick. Enjoy Hoppin' John on New Year's Day for good luck and prosperity throughout the year.
Be sure to eat your fill: the peas represent coins, the greens are cash, and the cornbread, gold!
The Frugal Flugel recommends the portable Travel Kitchen! Find values online and make your own for less than $85:
1. RDT Travel Bag ($29.95 on Amazon.com) 2. Mini Hot Plate ($19.99 on Casa.com) 3. Portable 1.5 Cup Rice Maker & Warmer ($12.39 from Target) 4. Insulated French Press Coffee & Tea Mug ($.99 on Ebay) 5. Mess Kit ($4.99 on Rothco.com) 6. Flat Pocket Cutlery ($1.49 on Ebay) 7. Electric Kettle ($14.66 from Walmart) Prepare thrifty meals and healthy snacks on the road.
Practice what matters. Make each concert better than the last. 10,000 hours, 1,000 true fans, 100 shows. Be a citizen of the world. Make friends everywhere. Strive for authenticity, sincerity, sustainability. Hustle relentlessly. Be a hard workin' dog. Maintain momentum. Stick to your guns: don't get a smart phone. Increase touring income by 50%. Advance every detail of every show. Twice. Release the new album, no matter what. Do what it takes. Stay hydrated, eat right and walk every day. Forget the other guy. Focus on margins, not market share. Learn, earn and return. Give back. Don't neglect the minutia: clean horn, clean house, car in good repair. See the best in people, but be careful. Somehow get health insurance.
A few weeks ago, when I blogged about how our Pacific Northwest tour would coincide with the Marionberry harvest, a kind soul in Eugene, Oregon brought a freshly picked bushel of them backstage for us. Yum! We don't want to push our luck, but it so happens that the Dmitri Matheny Group will be performing at Moody's in Truckee tomorrow night, and I understand the California Heirloom Tomatoes are exceptional this year. Ahem. ~DM