My mother also made a mean pot of red beans and rice. I love to have it on a cold winter's day. It's super easy to make, which is so nice, and a slow cooker recipe to boot! How hot it is depends on you. Since I have children, I omit the jalapenos and just sprinkle in hot sauce or Tabasco sauce to my preference. But if you like it super spicy, you can add both or if you like it mild, you can leave them both out.
Yes, you read that correctly. As a part of our farmers co-op, I got some turnips and hadn't ever eaten turnips, much less cooked them, but as a part of my commitment to a healthier lifestyle, I decided to try them. And, much to my surprise, they were really good! S and I pretty much devoured them. They were a little softer than I had wanted, but I read that if I parboil them for a little while, then they will turn out crispier.