Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Day Dinner

I love New Year's Day Dinner. I think I look forward to it over both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

My meal, as handed down from my mother, is:

Hog Jowl
Black-eyed Peas
Collard Greens

The peas are for luck, the greens are for prosperity and I always forget what the meat stands for.

So, what's your New Year's Day dinner tradition?


  1. Mavis,

    We always have black-eyed peas, collard greens, chitlins', and slaw. (This year, my brother had the "honor" of cleaning the chitterlings. LOL) Add some tomatoes, vinegar on the greens, and...pass the hot sauce please!! It was a delicious meal! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  2. Sandra,

    Chitlins are the one thing mom and I both can't stand, so we never have them. In fact I don't remember anyone on mom's side of the family ever making them. I know with mom the dislike hails back to having to clean one too many sets as a girl after a pig(s) were slaugthered. Don't know the rest of the family's reasoning. Dad's side of the family used to love them and would cook up a batch whenever they came to visit during the summer months. Your meal sounds delish. I know mine was. In case I missed saying it Happy New Year to you, too!

  3. My family does not seem to stick with one New Year's meal tradition from year to year, but I remember that in my mother's family black eyed peas were a must for good luck. To me, any meal with black-eyed peas and greens is a good meal. (Ditto on the vinegar for the greens.) And add some fried okra and catfish, with maybe peach cobbler for dessert. Perfect meal.


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