This weeks theme over at IHCC's Mark Bittman Challenge is BACON!!! As some of you may know, Mr. Bittman has been changing his dietary preferences over the last many years. His latest, more recent style of foods has been to, eat less meat, incorporate more vegetables and fruits. He is currently writing for Cooking Light Magazine and Runner's World Magazine . I'm telling you this because even though I have 5 of his cookbooks and am a subscriber of Cooking Light Magazine, I was having a hard time finding a recipe with bacon in it that I liked. Until I ran across this little jewel, Hoppin John from days gone by, in How to Cook Everything. There are many variances on this recipe, as explained here by wikipedia. It's definately a southern tradition. So since I had some leftover black eyed peas, this was the perfect accompaniment for our roast pork with chimichurri sauce.