Traditional New Year’s Day Menu: Cooking Greens and Black Eyed Peas {Family Favorite}

This year, LB, my parents and I celebrated New Year’s Day with my in-laws in Florida.  (MM had to work, and BB was away with his dad’s family.)  Before arriving my mother-in-law and I talked about having New Year’s Day dinner.  Her family is from above the Mason-Dixon line, and her New Year’s Day menu is somewhat different from that I grew up with.  She grew up with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut.   I grew up with black-eyed peas, collards and rice.  We both always have pork on New Year’s.  We divided the menu up, and she cooked her traditional favorites and the pork, and I cooked the greens and peas.  Greens and peas are required for wealth and good luck in the New Year, so I was determined to have them!
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