New Year’s Feast – What Are Your Traditions?!

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 29, 2010

New Year’s Feast. Traditions.

The time to celebrate the start of something new. To reflect upon the past year. To wonder what the new year will bring. And to

This week, I have been working hard on goals for 2011.

(When I was a kid, 2011 seemed like a year only found in science fiction books. Odd that it’s already here and there are no flying cars or microwaves-like appliances that turn a tiny speck into a full size pizza in a matter of seconds. Like in Back to the Future 2, or was it 3?!)

I’ve been working on personal goals, business goals, blogging goals, financial goals and parenting goals. One of the main reasons I have been working on these goals…I will soon be put to the test. You see, Steve’s family has this “goals and highlights” tradition that they share during the New Year’s Day feast. And the first time I shared in a NY day feast, I very much felt like I was going to fail this test!

This year, I won’t fail. I’ll be ready with all my goals!

Food Traditions.

Lest we forget food traditions. Whether you’re from the north, south, east, west, or somewhere in between, you probably have a New Year’s Day food tradition. I remember my parents telling me that if I ate a black-eyed pea during the NY day feast, then I’d have luck for the coming year.  I believed it. Until I had kids of my own, and realized that this was probably just a line they were feeding me to get me to eat my bland, bland, bland, bland black eyed peas!

Or maybe not.  Maybe they really do bring luck.

Black-eyed peas. Sauerkraut. Sharing goals. Reflecting on the highlights. Black-eyed peas.

What are your family traditions for the New Year?! What foods do you always have at your New Year’s feast?! What conversations do you have around the table at the start of the new year?!

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Natalie @ Will Jog For Food December 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm

My stepmom makes greens. pork & black eyed peas. She is a great cook!

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juanita December 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm

pork roast, cabbage, dumplings, black eyed peas

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Heather December 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm

I used to make Hoppin John every year for New Years but when I got married that changed because my husband hates balck eyed peas. I have not fully decided what I am going to do this year yet. Option #1 is Cabbage Rolls, I have a good crockpot recipe for these that is very easy to do; if I am tired from New Year’s Eve I’ll make these.. Option #2 is Ham Steaks, Cheese Grits, and Collard Greens. I will make the ham dinner if I feel like having a more formal dinner.

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Stacey B December 29, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Pork and boiled cabbage and kielbasa & sauerkraut
When we were stationed in Texas, we were laughed at for eating the kraut and were told to eat black eyed peas instead ~ no thanks!! :)

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Alea December 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm

On New Year’s Eve we have a fondue dinner followed by Chocolate fondue for dessert. It is a slow meal that is perfect for an extended dinner party. While we are waiting for midnight we list our favorite memories from the year. I then take all the sheets and create a mini-time capsule.

On New Year’s Day I serve Hoppin’ John and Greens. I sneak some of the leftover steak from the fondue into the Hoppin’ John – YUM!

If you don’t like plain black-eyed peas, you might like this dip (I want you all to have good luck in 2011!): http://www.premeditatedleftovers.com/2010/07/cowgirl-caviar.html You can serve it with chips while watching the game.

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cathi carpenter December 30, 2010 at 1:54 am

our tradition, and I have no idea why, but we eat pickled herring. I LOVE it …so does my husband…our son…ahhhhhhhhhh not so much… “EWWWW GROSS!” But of course the boy eats sushi and sashmi like it’s going outta style..haha!

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Mary E.S. December 30, 2010 at 10:08 am

We always have ham,black eyed peas,turnip greens and corn bread.

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Brenda Colpetzer December 30, 2010 at 12:51 pm

we eat pork and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes. We also hide a dime in the kraut whoever finds it will not be broke for the remainder of the year. They maybe seriously bent but not broke

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The Working Home Keeper December 30, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Black-eye peas and collard greens! I’m not a fan of plain black-eye peas, so I usually do Hoppin John, Black-eye pea & corn salad or Sue Gregg’s recipe for Country Creole Peas & Corn.

Mary Ellen

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Linda B December 31, 2010 at 10:15 am

The New Year’s goals is a great tradition. My husband’s family did that as well every New Year. It was also hard for me because that was something I never did. NOW – I have continued this with my husband and kids and my husband’s family no longer does it. I think it is great to think about what you want to accomplish for the next year. It has helped me tremendously with accomplishing more. Happy New Year!

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Jennifer December 31, 2010 at 11:45 am

I like to have ham with jezebel sauce, spinach (not a fan of collards), blackeyed peas, and garlic-cheese grits. Mmm.

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Tiffany December 31, 2010 at 3:36 pm

We always make predictions for the new year and we read the ones we made the year before. We stick to mostly fun things, although my husband has a habit of predicting gas prices (he predicted $3/gallon last year and was right). It’s a fun way to think back over the year and remember how the kids have grow, the adventures we’ve had etc.

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robbie @ going green mama January 1, 2011 at 7:15 am

I cannot do black eyed peas, too salty for my tastes!

We are making chicken wings today. Can’t wait. They are fabulous!

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Barbara January 1, 2011 at 8:15 pm

You inspired me this year, Erin! Just finished enjoying NY dinner with my three sons (ages 18, 21 and 25). For the first time ever, I asked them about their goals for the new year, and shared my own. My Vision Board has been in place for over a month now, but it was fun sharing my personal hopes and dreams for the New Year with my children, and hearing some of theirs. Each year, I strive to make a special meal for New Year’s Day. Although the meal is different each and every year due to my creative side, I always make it memorable. For 2011, I made Curried Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts, Cajun Squash, Broccoli, Mashed Potatoes, Tossed Salad, Iced Tea, and Raspberry Walnut Torte. Many blessings in the New Year!

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morgan January 4, 2011 at 11:22 pm

we always have sauerkraut and potatoes with pork ribs. Of course we have blackeyed peas and cornbread to!

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