RE: Main Meal New Years Day
What fun to read about some traditions I was totally unaware of ~~ specifically the Pork/Kraut combo. Is this meal a harbinger for luck & prosperity like Black-eyed peas & Greens are here in Texas & the South? From 1995 through 2008 I had an "open house" party starting around 2ish & running through 10ish. It was a nice, laid back day with friends & family coming & going at all different times. Some years just a dozen or so, some years 30 or more. Hundreds of people over the years made appearances. I always made spicy (lotsa garlic, cayenne & black pepper) collard or turnip greens with smoked turkey legs as an alternative to smoked pork ~~ because the Black-eyed peas I made always had bacon, ham, & one other pork option in them & of course with jalapenos & onion etc. A big pot of rice & pans of cornbread baked in my iron skillets that are ONLY for cornbread. Of course, I always had Bloody Mary fixins' but as the years progressed, and so did our ages :) we didn't need the Bloody Marys as much. New Year's Day is definitely much more of an event for me than New Year's Eve. Hard times the past 2 years have made me have to forego the open house. I really miss doing it ~~ but who knows? This year I had my turnip greens w/Smoked turkey & Black-eyed peas with bacon & Tasso ham (a delicious splurge!) so maybe 2010 will bring a new arrival of Good Luck & Prosperity for me ~~ as I hope it does for all of you, as well!