Every year on New Year’s Day we cook the same meal. It’s a tradition. I know that thousands of good Southern families around here are going to be cooking the same meal. It includes Black-Eyed Peas, Collard Greens, Rice and a Pork Tenderloin. You need to eat them for good luck! Now I’ll be sharing the pork tenderloin recipe in a few days, but in case you missed the first time around, and need some help cooking your greens, here’s how my grandmother taught me to cook them. To be honest with you, I’d love to edit the photos but I cant even fund the hard copies anymore, but I think the pictures and general directions are good enough to not reinvent them! Please realized that for these foods, I don’t really cook with a “recipe”, but go by feel, the just way my grandmother taught me! [Read more...]
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!