Need a little extra luck this new year? Head on over to Marcus Samuelsson’s blog to check out my post on this delicious and comforting black-eyed pea stew with cornmeal dumplings (adapted from Cooking Light January 2013).


And now for a bit of a chocolate interlude.  Just this past weekend, Whole Foods was kind enough to let me try out some of their fun local Valentine’s Day offerings!

First up, is these fun offerings from Nunu Chocolates, located in Brooklyn!  I got to try their sea salt caramels which were absolutely divine (The.Boy. and I literally moaned while eating them) as well as one of their booze boxes which was full of truffles that were filled with beer-infused chocolate ganache!  The beer flavor was quite subtle but definitely there and it made for a great chocolate experience!

They also have other booze boxes filled with assorted infusions such as absinthe, moonshine, sake, rye, mezcal-chili, and amarula. If you have a booze-lover in your life, then these might be the perfect gift!


In addition, I also got to try a variety of blondies and brownies from Greyston bakery (located in the Bronx!). Each that I tried was perfectly chewy and fudgy and rich in flavor.  As a bonus, for each one of these that you purchase, 2 percent of the sales will go to the Whole Planet Foundation to fund poverty alleviation worldwide. So you get your dessert and your good karma all in one bite.


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43 Responses to Black-Eyed Peas and Cornmeal Dumplings

  1. That chocolate box would last about 2 seconds for me!

  2. Cornmeal dumplings! May I please have a few of those to start my day off right? I’m also totally craving sea salt caramels. At 830am.

  3. Lynn says:

    I was avoiding the chocolate cake here at work this morning, but now I’m having some. 🙂

  4. Jeanette says:

    Now that does look like a bowl of comfort – love dumplings but haven’t made them so long.

  5. Pam says:

    I’ve got to go read about your cornmeal dumplings!! Love the chocolate!

  6. Oh man, I could go for a box of those boozy chocolates! They sound heavenly.
    And the cornmeal dumplings of your recipe today seem so fun!! And delicious, of course.

  7. ‘Chocolate interlude’….YES!

  8. cindspectus says:

    Go to Nunu in person! It smells like heaven, the perfect mix of beer and chocolate (it’s so cozy in there that when I went in, my glasses fogged up after being out in the cold).

  9. Karis says:

    I’ll take cornmeal dumplings over chocolate any day! Just pinned the recipe because it’s been way to long since I’ve made dumplings.

  10. So a bowlful of those dumplings and a handful of those chocolates totally counts as dinner, right? Because I’m pretty sure I’m making that happen.

  11. Tandy says:

    Nunu was the nickname we gave our Boxer and Amarula is South African so that would be my first choice 🙂

  12. Pam says:

    Good karma and dessert sound great to me! So do the black-eyed peas and cornmeal dumplings… YUM!

  13. The cornmeal dumplings sound and look so good!

  14. That chocolate. I’d be moaning too 🙂

  15. Erica says:

    I want those chocolates….going to check your delicious recipe!

  16. From heavenly soul food through to uplifting soul food you have it covered Joanne (as usual 🙂 ). I have just recently started including legumes and pulses into my diet and aside from discovering that there are a world of possibilities revolving around them, I have SO much energy now! Vegans around the world, these are our power foods! Cheers for this gorgeous share Joanne 🙂

  17. Guru Uru says:

    If I could have your dish as my meal and these chocolates after, I think everyone would win!

    Choc Chip Uru

  18. That Girl says:

    It’s never too late for New Year’s luck.

  19. Oh my god – I could totally eat a box of that no problem!

    And those dumplings?! I need them for lunch!

  20. you are a lucky lady. Those chocolates look amazing and dangerous. I am heading over to check out your delicious sounding dinner. cornmeal dumplings? yes please!!!

  21. The dumplings looked awesome and the recipe is total comfort food! glad I checked it out 🙂

  22. Ya want to know a secret? I love corn. I’m not supposed to love it, because I am a health coach and it’s usually genetically modified…. so to walk my walk I am supposed to not eat too much of it. But I love it and WILL be making these.

  23. The cornmeal dumplings look delicious!! So does the chocolate 🙂

  24. That dish looks so warm and comforting. Need to try this to cure my winter blues!

  25. Claudia says:

    Everyone needs chocolate interludes in their life. Now off to find the cornmeal dumplings. They will keep me warm!

  26. You lucky girl! I guess the BEPs brought you lucky chocolate to try! 🙂

  27. P says:

    Free chocolates and desserts?! Wow, certainly must have been an awesome early Valentine’s Day treat :)! Sounds like the perfect way to end the meal after eating those delicious dumplings!

  28. Dining Alone says:

    Wow those all sound good and you are too lucky to have got to try them!

  29. I NEED those dumplings in my life. Awesome!

  30. Hannah says:

    Absolutely dying to get a big bite of those tender, fluffy dumplings! I used to make chickpea and dumpling soup all the time, like once a week, but totally forgot about it for years. Cornmeal dumplings are simply inspired- Never thought of that simple switch. Oh man, I’m checking out that recipe right this moment! It’s about time I brought the dumplings back.

  31. Blond Duck says:

    That’s Southern inspired!

  32. OMG Joanne, when we were in NYC for a wedding this past Spring, we went to nunu chocolates and they are amazing!!!

  33. Omg, beer chocolates would be so perfect for my boyfriend! Too bad there are no Whole Foods around! I’m not much of a chocolate person myself though so your stew appeals much more to me!

  34. Juliana says:

    The Nunu chocolate look great…and I can imagine you enjoying them 🙂
    The black pea stew sound and look very comforting, especially with the cornmeal dumplings.
    Have a great week Joanne!

  35. Hotly Spiced says:

    Salted caramel chocolates are my absolute favourite. How divine. These look really, really good xx

  36. Cathleen says:

    Oh my goodness, I must try these chocolates!!

  37. You know, I’d never had black eyed peas until this year? Crazy, I know. This looks and sounds delish…I love how you have the ability to make everything look irresistible but be super healthy at the same time, Jo!

  38. grace says:

    (green) peas and (biscuit) dumplings is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. i like this twist on it, joanne–very creative!

  39. Reeni Pisano says:

    What a hearty and warming stew! Love the sound of the cornmeal dumplings. The chocolates are dreamy!

  40. I loooove sweet potato and avocado sushi! Those are the two rolls I get when I go out to my fav sushi resto. Question though – how did you get that really cool pinterest button to show when you hover over the photo?

  41. Chris says:

    I’m not a huge candy or sweet fan but DAMN that chocolate looks good.

  42. Johanna GGG says:

    sounds lovely – I love dumplings and those chocolates also look fantastic – that’s dinner and dessert sorted!

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