Out with the old–in with the new! — 8 Comments

  1. Smoked ham, Black eyed peas (no rice), steamed cabbage and cornbread are the usual fair for New Years Day here. However, this year I’m adding a new dish as well. Cabbage Jambalaya. Hubby and I like it, but the rest of the family hasn’t had it yet. I hope they do like it, because the recipe makes a lot. We ended the last week of the year eating leftovers, I really don’t want to start off the new year eating leftovers.
    “Eat poor on New Year’s, eat fat the rest of the year.”
    I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year!

  2. My wife and I are both from the Pennsylvania Dutch area in PA. New Year’s Day means a tradional meal of pork and sauerkraut wit hmashed potatoes. I don’t know what teh significance is, but it’s the way we start the year!

    Happy New Year to you all, and I wish you all a great 2009


  3. We always have blackeyed peas fixed some way. They are for good luck throughout the year. We will also have collard greens for prosperity, the greens represent green money. We always have pork on New Years and turkey on Christmas. You scratch out the old year (turkey), and root in the new year (pig).

    On New Year’s Eve we stay at home with company or go to some of our family’s or friends home. We drink champagne and play cards. At midnight we go outside and set off fireworks (BIG ones) and the kids beat on pots and pans and scream Happy New Year. My dad use to step out with a gun and shoot it at midnight.
    Lot’s of fun.

  4. No peas this year. First time since probably 1986 or so when went to a New Year’s poker game at a Tennessee transplants house. Black eyed peas served at midnight.

    I did however partake in some mustard greens the other day. Some South Carolina version with sesame seeds in it. All I can say is, it came to pass.

    My dinner today was lamb chops and rice pilaf. No ice fishing today but headed over toward the big muddy Mississippi tomorrow for second try at historic Hennepin canal bluegills n such.

    Cabbage Jambalaya, that close to keilbasa n cabbage us yankees live on.

  5. Thank you everyone for sharing your traditions! And Steffi will have to share that recipe with us. I might be able to get more folks to eat cabbage if it were disguised in jambalaya!!!

  6. I wonder if that cabbage jambalaya is like Mom’s cabbage casserole I loved so much as a girl. Mine just doesn’t taste like hers did.

    We had a conglomeration of red beans & rice, chili, fried wild hog breaded pork chops, blackeyed peas, coleslaw and rice. Oh, and Mexican cornbread and homemade sourdough bread. And I didn’t have to cook any of it! I could go with that for the rest of the year!

    Happy 2009 Everyone!

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