A Traditional Southern New Year’s Day

New Year's Meal 003

Leo and I have been preparing for our New Year's Day meal. We were both fortunate to grow up in old, traditional Southern families in which there was only one meal that you could eat on New Year's Day. And in thinking back, neither Leo nor I could remember a New Year's Day that we haven't eaten this meal which includes collards, black-eyed peas, rice, and pork. Most years, we've had some sweet potatoes, too. Have you ever wondered why¬†Southerners¬†eat certain foods to ring in the new year? Well, we'll start with the black-eyed peas. Here I have dried black-eyed peas soaking. The peas … [Read more...]