New Years Traditions

By BreC Latest Reply 2014-12-25 21:28:29 -0600
Started 2014-12-22 14:37:47 -0600

I have always cooked for New Years Day. It usually consist of black eyed peas(cooked with lean country ham), hog jowl, cabbage, turnip greens, potatoes, and cornbread. For meat either baked chicken or pork. I will again fix my yearly meal but cut way back on salt and other spices. And watch my portions. I will make sure to do things that will be important through out the year since what you do on the first is what you will be doing all year. Yeah! Right!! Interesting to know what you all do for the day.

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-25 21:28:29 -0600 Report

Hi BreC! I live in NYC and I stay as far away as possible from Times Square. In fact, I don't leave my home. I like to stay in, make myself some dinner (chicken -- the only thing I know how to cook), and then relax. I might watch the Times Square celebration on TV. I live just below 14th Street and I feel like I can almost hear the craziness from 42nd Street. Your meal sounds pretty good to me, especially the cornbread.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-12-23 18:46:30 -0600 Report

I made a buffet dinner for New Years Day. I always worked New Years Eve so I cooked for the New Day. Ham. Blackeyed peas ,baked beans, pies and a birthday cake with the numbets of the year on it. Of course Ifilled in with stuffed eggs, potatoe salad and so on. It was a fun day with plenty of food
for all who dropped in and espically fot my family.

James will be here but we plsn to stay in. Dress up my eat a steak dinner, withball the allowed trimmings. We order rib eyed steaks, broccoli, salad and tea. The meal is so big, there's really no room for dessart. We plan to toast the New Year in with a glass of wine. Watch the ball drop in NYC. and just be together. Very quite mm very romantic

sweetslover 2014-12-23 09:35:35 -0600 Report

My husband always works on New Year's Eve, so to celebrate, I always buy myself a bottle of sparkling grape juice (I don't like alcohol) and drink the ENTIRE bottle. I guess I had better not do that this year if I want my BG to stay somewhat normal. :)

lilleyheidi 2014-12-23 03:10:03 -0600 Report

Good discussion, nice that you do all that wonderful cooking. On New Years Eve, I usually spend a quiet night, sometimes with friends watching the ball drop in NYC, sometimes going to bed early and ignoring the night. Most every year on New Years Day my best friend and I spend time together discussing our goals for the year. I never do "resolutions" as in my opinion resolutions are meant to be broken, but I set goals I'd like to accomplish during the year, and I always look back over the past years goals to see what did and didn't get met. We try to hold each other accountable over the year, without getting naggy on each other. Sadly, my best friend (of almost 30 years) and I have had a bit of a falling out recently, and I do not know if we will be doing anything this year.
Happy blessed new year to you all. HUGS, Heidi

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2014-12-23 00:59:49 -0600 Report

New Years eve when my children were small was spending the day making home made decorations..and putting them all around the house..then we would bake cupcakes and pop corn…and for dinner…pizza..always pizza…the kids would take a nap in the afternoon…then stay up till midnight..blow our horns and by 12:30 we would all be sound asleep…a tradition that is starting all over again with the grand kids..

andy1979 2014-12-22 23:15:56 -0600 Report

unsure as yet so far as people take time off for kids at work so may be rostered on for day or night, however use to go to house parties on new years eve or watch tv with friends and listen to big ben sound in new year. however i wish all a great start to 2015 but wont be sending any cliched texts to anyone.

Glucerna 2014-12-22 20:00:34 -0600 Report

Thanks for starting this discussion. I don't have any special New Year's food traditions, and it's fun to read what everyone else does. I really like your plans to include favorite foods by modifying the recipes or choosing smaller portions. ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-12-22 17:41:18 -0600 Report

I do hoppin' john for new years eve too. Just started doing that a few years ago, mostly because I like stewed pork of any kind. LOL No cooked collards though. I take my greens raw.

I must watch the Rose Parade! It is a connection to my parents. It's where they spent their honeymoon back in 1958.

One thing I have always done is take the first day to clean out clutter. I go through files and get rid of old stuff, making room for new, and planning out a few goals. When I remove the clutter, it allows me to think more clearly. I close out my books for the year on my business and start organizing my new business year as well.

We will also take down the tree and the Christmas decorations.

andy1979 2014-12-22 23:17:04 -0600 Report

whats hoppin john?

jayabee52 2014-12-22 23:32:41 -0600 Report

Bre and Andy I queried Google and the following link is one of the many replies I got ~

Have a blessed New Years!

GabbyPA 2014-12-23 08:57:48 -0600 Report

You got it right there. I do mine a little different. I brown up pork shoulder pieces instead of bacon and I cut the rice down and use barley. I put it in my dutch oven and cook it for a few hours till everything is nice and tender. No collards in my "john", but we can serve it with salad if we want.

sweetslover 2014-12-22 17:23:58 -0600 Report

Past New Years Days have been spent on horseback. I guess this year I will have to satisfied with a hug for my big friends.