@Scrbblchick -- I don't know about you, but I think I know what's going to be on my New Year's Day menu!
I've always loved the beans and rice mixture, in just about any combination you want to come up with: black beans and rice, refried beans and rice, red beans and rice -- you name it. I love it.
I like the idea of making a rice ring around the edge of the serving platter and then putting the peas into the middle of the ring. That's a nice presentation idea.