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Do you have any special foods for the New Year?

Posted Saturday, December 31, 2011, at 6:28 PM

Black eye peas, ham, potatoes and here is a curve ball for you, herring. It could be creamed or pickled but cream is the only one we find easily in the markets around here.

Deb's Mom says she remembers meatless dished on New Year's Eve but not sure of food for the New Year's day. Of course, she also celebrates a second New Year but I can not remember anything special for that either.

What about you?


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The standard, but delicious ham, black eyed peas, fresh cornbread and sweet potatoes. Then a nice retreat to the recliner for a combination of nap and football.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sat, Dec 31, 2011, at 9:33 PM

Cornbread and sweet potatoes sound good too. I may make a suggestion to the cook.

Today was such a nice day that I wore myself out moving more wood chips and reworking some garden beds. Watched a few games but none all the way through, just during breaks from outside.

Besides getting some more firewood in from the woods, I think naps and ball games sound good for me too. Happy New Year!

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Dec 31, 2011, at 9:40 PM

I tried to work up my plot yesterday, but I couldn't get the tiller going. (Now, please note that I have never used a tiller ever in my entire life.) The machinist of the family (hubby) failed to tell me about the lever in the front that engages the engine. I never used anything with a choke before, lol! Oh well, maybe I'll get'r done in time to plant some kale in early March.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Sun, Jan 1, 2012, at 8:24 AM

Pickled herring! I love it!

I'm not sure how it became a family tradition though...

-- Posted by espoontoon on Sun, Jan 1, 2012, at 9:38 AM

What would the day be without black eyed peas and ham hocks? They bring you luck! We swear by it, only one time we did not eat peas on New Year's Day and it was a horrible year. Our house burnt that year and my husband was sick all year. I didn't try to tell the insurance company the reason the house burnt was because I failed to cook black eyed peas and ham hocks. They were to busy blaming it on a fire place that had never been used. Happy New Year to everyone!

-- Posted by Union on Sun, Jan 1, 2012, at 9:53 AM

Our family tradition has always been{ at least as far back as I recall} Hog Jowl---Blackeyed Peas--Leafy Green Veggie to bring money---

Also do not do laundry or clean house on New Year's Day?????

-- Posted by ckna910 on Mon, Jan 2, 2012, at 7:11 AM

espoontoon. I think my parents told me it was to signify wealth in the new year. Herring during the depression was a "rich man's food".

It sure has not worked well, but we continue to survive. It SURE does not work like not eating black-eyed peas. Whoa, glad I ate some!

ckna910 I seem to remember leafy greens but I thought my parents were just trying to get us to eat healthy. I like the tradition of not cleaning house on New Year's day. I think we are safe there, but Debbi sure does like her laundry.

Seems like every day but she did not do it yesterday. Just curious, is that supposed to do something good or just a way to make sure we don't overwork on New Year's Day?

I overworked New Year's Eve so yesterday was a shoe-in. Just a little firewood, then rest and football.

That little rain we got made the dirt slick down in the woods. I had already pulled the truck down there with the trailer the night before because I ran out of daylight. When I loaded it with wood, it required the tractor to "assist" it coming back up.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 2, 2012, at 8:52 AM

You are supposed to wash the old year's dirt away before New Year's Day.Not bring into New Year.

Don't forget this is Leap Year--Tradition there was that girl's could do the proposing. Gosh,I can remember when girl's couldn't even call a boy on the phone. Couldn't sneak to call either because we all had "party lines" where 6to 8 families were on connection/always someone easedropping LOL

-- Posted by ckna910 on Mon, Jan 2, 2012, at 11:52 AM

I think we were out of party lines by the time girls came into the picture for me but I don't recall too many calls even after it.

I still feel a little guilty over my last Sadie Hawkins dance. A cute young lady asked me and my mother made me go, but I was madly in love with another girl at the time, so I wasn't the best date.

I never saw her at any reunions so I never got to ask her if she got those vibes. I hope not, but.....

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 2, 2012, at 4:44 PM

I remember saurkraut and turnip greens/collards/kale/etc. standing in for dollar bills. The blackeyed peas could be combined with rice for a dish called "hoppin' john". Long before we heard of salsa,a blend of chopped tomatoes,green and red peppers and onions was served with the peas and,in the summer,with fried fish. (We called it "hot stuff".)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 8:15 PM

We could use a little hot stuff today. Better tomorrow though.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 6:32 AM

ckna910, my mother-in-law instructed me to NOT do laundry on New Year's Day because I might "wash someone out of the family!"

-- Posted by wildflower727 on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 1:13 PM

Whew! We are safe. Debbi did laundry before the New Year and we certainly did not do any on New Year's Day.

Good to know we got off on the right foot, or was that the left foot?

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 4:21 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.