Traditions are fun and also important…….remembering older ways of doing things is being lost in some ways. In this general area, we have a New Year’s day tradition that comes from our Pennsylvania Dutch influence. We are supposed to eat pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day. The tradition says we will have money all next year if we do.
I’ve never argued with the tradition, since who wants to argue with having money….plus I like pork and kraut. It is high in sodium, but I don’t eat it that often. I’ve discovered that it tastes a little less salty (fooling myself, I know) but also has a little different flavor and also absorbs the pork flavor better, if I cook it 4 or so hours in the crock pot. Of course, it must be eaten over mashed potatoes lol!
In the southern states, they have a different tradition. They eat pork too, but no kraut. They eat collards and black-eyed peas, usually with corn bread. That would be good too, but I’m still not going to argue with local traditions!
Hopefully you have some neat traditions where you live, and will have money all year! Have a happy and prosperous new year, and hopefully peace in your world.
Only one tradition for me… dark chocolate every day!
Happy New Year, my dear friend!
Thanks! Happy New Year to you too Herman, and Mr. Gorgeous Cat. Rock on, friend!
Happy New Year! I hope 2016 brings you and your family lots of wonderful things. 🙂
Thanks! Hope it’s the beginning of a good year for you Jackie. Good health, good family, good everything.
Thanks so much. I hope so too! So far it’s looking really good that it will turn out that way! 😀
Nice to “hear” from you again Nancy! Our tradition is “Hoppin’ John” which is a zesty black eyed pea dish, served with rice rather than mashed potatoes. Kinda Creole in flavor. And cabbage for us, although collards are great too. Thanks for posting.
I know you have your own good stuff there on this holiday, and it’s good too! I like all that stuff myself. I hope you’re doing ok and the new year will be good to you and Michael.
I’m having corn beef with cabbage and black eyed peas with a dime in them. Whoever finds the dime in their dish gets their money wish. Happy New Year to you!
That’s a neat thing I never heard of. Aren’t different traditions fun to learn about! Happy New Year to you too. I hope it’s a good year for you.
I grew up in Maryland, and my family (9 children and 2 parents) never had any New Year traditional food. At least, I don’t remember anything in particular. But when I lived in Hawaii, I know that the most important New Year’s dish for there was fresh Ahi (tuna)…not cooked. Tastes good, but sometimes expensive.
It’s interesting to learn the traditions from other areas.
Mmmm sounds yummy. Do you ever make your own sauerkraut? I tried once, but it was awful. Soggy cabbage.
I did try making it once many years ago. The results were……well I just won’t try it ever again, lol!
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Almost time for our New Year’s traditional dinner. Do you have classic New Year’s foods? Have a safe and happy holiday.