Thursday, December 29, 2005

New Years Day

The holidays are almost over. And boy have they been fun. The only problem that we've had is that they're all about travelling. We head down to my parents in Pennsylvania for Christmas eve and then back up to northern New Jersey to the wife's family on Christmas day. It doesn't leave much time to relax and enjoy our own little family.
That's why the wife and I are thinking about starting our own holiday tradition. One where we get to spend time at home and just enjoy ourselves. New Years Day seems like a logical choice for such a day. We have the day off and it's not like we're out partying the night before. So there you go.
But since it's a tradition, we need to do something, right? I did a quick google search on New Years traditions, but man is that useless. Either you get a history of the holiday, which oddly starts with the ancient Babylonians and goes up to roughly the middle ages and then jumps briefly to the present day, or you learn about all the crazy things people do on New Years Eve. Travel is out of the question, so that rules out the mummers parade. I'm thinking a nice meal. So please add your comments about what you do on New Years day and links to recipes.


Maryann Devine said...

I've heard that it's good luck to eat pork on New Year's Day. I'm not making it up. And Hoppin' John. But I only have a recipe for vegetarian Hoppin' John, and that doesn't help you get that luck-inducing pork.

As I was posting this, I realized that I misspelled pork as "port." So maybe you should drink some port as well? Couldn't hurt.

ruleof72 said...

Here's a delicious recipe for that good luck pork:


(6 servings)

1 1/2 lbs Scrapple 6 large green peppers

3 tbsp. chopped onion 1 c. cheese sauce

Cube and soften scrapple over low heat. Add onion. Cut thin slice from stem end of peppers. Remove seeds and plunge in boiling water 5 minutes. Drain and stuff with scrapple. Set peppers in muffin pans. Bake in moderate oven (350 deg. F.) 25 to 30 minutes. Top with cheese sauce.

Serving suggestion: Fluffy buttered rice and honeyed carrots are tood addition to the meal. Stuff peppers with cooked sausage and rice for another delicious meal.

Neil Shakespeare said...

Do nothing. Nothing at all. Ignore the intense pressure to do something to better yourself. Remember, it's just a trick of the calendar. OK, maybe pet the dog.

liberal elite said...

I've also heard about pork as good luck. Unfortunately, my family does the ham for Christmas thing. So I'm porked out. I am making hoppon john though. Got the beans soaking and the ham hocks in the fridge. So, I'll have some pork afterall.

Oh yeah, port. Mmm. Port.

Anonymous said...

last year was my first southern traditional new years feast. boiled cabbage for wealth, black eyed peas for peace (true good luck if 3 are left on the plate), corn bread for gold. also had chicken, but i guess that was just so a meat was present.
so ive been looking up new years traditions, and i find that nothing is truly taditional except for the legumes. so make up your own! just, uh, make things rhyme, so the meanings stick. or not. merry christmas, and have a nice & travel-free, new years!

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