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Wed Jan 1, 2020, 01:40 AM

New Year's Day food traditions

In out family, we always eat pork and sauerkraut. Eating pork on the first day of the new year supposedly brings you good luck.

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Cousin Dupree Jan 2020 OP
Capt. America Jan 2020 #1
Ohiogal Jan 2020 #31
TruckFump Jan 2020 #38
PoindexterOglethorpe Jan 2020 #2
Cousin Dupree Jan 2020 #5
PoindexterOglethorpe Jan 2020 #7
Cousin Dupree Jan 2020 #8
PoindexterOglethorpe Jan 2020 #11
JustABozoOnThisBus Jan 2020 #22
PoindexterOglethorpe Jan 2020 #35
TruckFump Jan 2020 #39
applegrove Jan 2020 #3
Wheaty Jan 2020 #14
applegrove Jan 2020 #15
Drahthaardogs Jan 2020 #24
applegrove Jan 2020 #40
Drahthaardogs Jan 2020 #41
applegrove Jan 2020 #42
Phoenix61 Jan 2020 #4
YOHABLO Jan 2020 #6
Tipperary Jan 2020 #12
Jane Austin Jan 2020 #20
Phentex Jan 2020 #33
Wiseman32218 Jan 2020 #9
bamagal62 Jan 2020 #10
Cousin Dupree Jan 2020 #21
rusty quoin Jan 2020 #13
smirkymonkey Jan 2020 #16
demtenjeep Jan 2020 #17
Historic NY Jan 2020 #18
lapfog_1 Jan 2020 #19
Silver Gaia Jan 2020 #23
Cousin Dupree Jan 2020 #25
lark Jan 2020 #26
rampartc Jan 2020 #27
Cousin Dupree Jan 2020 #28
Glorfindel Jan 2020 #29
Cousin Dupree Jan 2020 #32
Dave in VA Jan 2020 #30
Bayard Jan 2020 #34
cwydro Jan 2020 #36
TruckFump Jan 2020 #37

Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 01:41 AM

1. Thats what we do.

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Response to Capt. America (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 11:54 AM

31. I can't remember a New Year's Day

When we did not eat pork and sauerkraut. NE Ohio here.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #31)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 02:37 PM

38. Yep, I grew up in NE Ohio in a Romanian family.

Always had pork and sauerkraut on New Years.

Edit for typo

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 01:43 AM

2. Where do you live?

I had a conversation earlier today with a friend who lives in the Pittsburgh area and that's his tradition.

I know that in the south black-eyed peas are a New Year's tradition.

I don't think there are any other real firm New Year's food tradition in most of the country. Of course, I could be hideously wrong.

I grew up in Upstate New York (north of Utica) until I was 14, then in Tucson, AZ. No New Year's Day food traditions that I knew of in either place. Certainly no family ones.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 01:47 AM

5. I live in the Cleveland area. Not very far from Pittsburgh

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 01:52 AM

7. Bingo.

My friend was rather surprised that I had not grown up with some sort of New Year's Day food tradition. And this is a man I've known for nearly 50 years. Somehow we'd never discussed this until today.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 02:00 AM

8. I'm just wondering if all the eastern Europeam immigrants

that settled in NE Ohio and western Pennsylvania brought this tradition along with them.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 02:09 AM

11. I believe that is correct.

Local ethnic influences are always important.

Oh, my sister who lives in the Kansas City area, strong Hispanic influence, always gets tamales for New Year's. It's become her personal tradition, and it may well be a larger Hispanic tradition I'm simply not tuned into.

(Poindexter climbs back into his hole, and pulls the rock over it)

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 07:31 AM

22. I thought tamales were a Christmas tradition.

New Year's Day is a time for aspirin and coffee.

Actually, tamales sound good right now, wish I had some.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #22)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 01:36 PM

35. Actually, I think you're right about which holiday.

I don't live near her and so I don't pay close enough attention.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 02:38 PM

39. My Romanian grandparents did. From Romania to Ohio. EOM

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 01:43 AM

3. Eating sauerkraut gives you good gut bacteria and they think helps

you live longer. I have both waiting to be eaten in the fridge but never thought of eating them together. Do you put the pork on a bun?

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Response to applegrove (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 02:21 AM

14. Central Pennsylvania here

We put a pork roast in a slow cooker covered in homemade barrel cured sauerkraut along with Kielbasa (polish sausage) and cook it, at least, all night or longer. All the local butcher shops here barrel cure their own kraut from the fall cabbage harvest as well as make the Kielbasa and cut the perfect pork roasts for the New Year Feast.

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Response to Wheaty (Reply #14)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 02:30 AM

15. Cool. I have german ancestors from both sides of my family who immigrated

to Nova Scotia. I will think of them when i have the sausages and kraut tomorrow.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 10:02 AM

24. Unless you actually make it - doubtful

Most of the store bought stuff is boiled in vinegar, not actually fermented cabbage. Look for Choucroute from France for the good stuff. If you never eaten real fermented cabbage, you will be shocked at the taste.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #24)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 03:30 PM

40. Darn. I bought some hoping to help my gut. Will look for the real stuff.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #40)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 03:38 PM

41. Making your own is REALLY simple

I ferment eggplant and olives as well as cabbage. It's much more complex, not shockingly sour, and you can add Caraway seeds.

The store bought stuff is pressure cooking in vinegar to add shelf life and avoid botulism. It's gross.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #41)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 03:47 PM

42. I think that is beyond me. I'll see if there is a specialty store around here

that sells aithentic sauerkraut

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 01:44 AM

4. The south is black-eyed peas, greens and corn bread. nt

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 01:48 AM

6. Yep, that's what I'm having.

 

Black eyed peas are for LUCK

Greens are for MONEY, lots of it

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 02:18 AM

12. And ham.

 

You have to have ham, black eyed peas, and greens!

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 07:05 AM

20. Yep, I'm making Hoppin' John

today.

Black-eyed peas and rice with lotsa seasonings

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 01:12 PM

33. same here. with pork tenderloin...

I cheated this year and bought bagged collard greens. They'll cook the same without all of the cleaning and rinsing.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 02:06 AM

9. My GF is from Pittsburgh, pork and sauerkraut has been served!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 02:08 AM

10. Collards, black eyed peas, and

Corn bread. Canít wait!

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Response to bamagal62 (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 07:12 AM

21. Yum

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 02:18 AM

13. I never had one. I just wing it.

 

Thanksgiving and Xmas here are more planned. My wifeís family was/is big on sauerkraut, but I like it as somewhat a condiment, but not straight. Itís strong.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 02:41 AM

16. It sounds delicious. I love sauerkraut.

We never had any New Year's Day traditions, but I have made my own and it is Chinese take out. I have found a great Chinese place recently and am looking forward to the NYD feast.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 02:58 AM

17. ham, cauliflower and cheese and BLACK eyed peas

yummy

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 03:24 AM

18. Have to go get some big thick pork chop...

got the kraut, now some apple sauce.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 04:22 AM

19. big tray of cheese crackers, carrots, pickles, black olives, celery, etc

followed by dinner of ham and potatos and some veggie dish (no sauerkraut).

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 08:37 AM

23. Black eyed peas (with tomatoes, onions & green chilies), jambalaya with veggie sausage, and

collard greens. Every pea you eat is a day of good fortune. Yum!

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Response to Silver Gaia (Reply #23)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 11:21 AM

25. My spouse would looove that meal!

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 11:22 AM

26. Yep, that is always part of the meal.

In the South, we think you need, pork, blackeyed peas, and greens for good luck so we always have that as the basis of our New Years' day family dinner.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 11:28 AM

27. does this depend on location within the usa, or ethnic origin of the hamily?

we always have a big pot of black eyed peas with pickled pork (us south) but also corned beef and cabbage. mom said the peas were for luck and thwe cabbage for money.

at any rate it is simple nourishing "comfort food" everywhere I've heard of.

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Response to rampartc (Reply #27)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 11:37 AM

28. I think it's a little bit of both. It's ethnic, but ethnic groups

tend to congregate in a certain area. And over time their traditions become traditions of the area, generally speaking.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 11:44 AM

29. Here in the southern Appalachians (north Georgia)

the tradition is cornbread, black-eyed peas, some kind of greens (usually turnip greens), and fried hog jowl. I've got some hog jowl in the oven right now, getting ready for a late lunch, probably around 1:30 PM. My cousin is making the other stuff. I'm also going to supply a pitcher of mimosas, which is the only way I can stand to drink orange juice. That's not a tradition, just my own personal preference.

When I was a boy, my job on New Year's Day was to visit the neighbors early in the day. The superstition was that if your first visitor of the year was a fair-haired manchild, you would have good luck. As we only had three neighbors within walking distance, it wasn't much of a chore. Besides, they all gave me candy, usually a peppermint stick.


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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #29)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 01:05 PM

32. Enjoy your tasty meal. The story about the fair haired

male child visiting is something I've never heard about. Thanks for sharing that story.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 11:46 AM

30. Black eye peas

ham, cabbage, cornbread are the must haves.

And LOTS of desserts!!!

Hosting 20 family and friends at our house today.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 01:24 PM

34. Pork steaks here for dinner

With black-eyed peas, seasoned greens, and sweet potatoes. Rolls.....too much cornbread to finish off at xmas.

Xmas cookies and Diet Coke (hey--you gotta save calories where you can!)

HAPPY NEW YEAR, DU!!

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 02:34 PM

36. That sounds good! But it'll be ham, black eyed peas, and some sort of greens here today.

Iím not a big meat eater, but I make exceptions for traditional meals.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 02:35 PM

37. That is a Romanian tradition for New Years

Making sauerkraut and sausages to day!

:HI:

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