A Very Traditional Southern New Year’s Meal

I’ve been away from the blog for a week now and it seems really strange. We had a wonderful Christmas and are still enjoying our grandchildren being here with us, but I’ve missed my normal times here sharing what I’m cooking and doing. I also took a nearly total break from social media. Very little Twitter or Facebook. It was a welcome break from “screens” of all kinds, but now I’m happy to be back!

On this last day of 2012, as we prepare to welcome a new year and all the prospects it promises it holds, I can’t help but look back a little bit. That’s just the Southerner in me. The looking backward and keeping old traditions alive. We do tend to hold our traditions very near and dear. Southern families may celebrate Christmas in lots of different ways, but New Year’s dinner…well, that’s a tradition that is firmly rooted. No matter what the rest of your menu may include, there is always…always…blackeyed peas and greens. And they’ll be on our table tomorrow. Just like they have been for every single New Year’s Day of my entire life. Blackeyed peas for luck and greens for wealth.

Won’t you join us in this old Southern tradition with a peas and greens dinner for your family? Here are some recipes to help you with planning your own New Year’s Day menu.

Hoppin' John

Hoppin’ John is a very old traditional Southern recipe that combines rice and blackeyed peas in one delicious bowl.


And, of course, you must have greens of some type. Whether you choose turnips, mustard, or collards, is up to you, but here’s how I prepare them. There’s also a bonus recipe for corn pone bread at that same link. Perfect with your New Year’s meal.

Peas and Greens Soup

If you’d prefer something a little less traditional, yet still in the spirit of the New Year, here’s a fantastic Peas and Greens Soup for you to consider. I got this recipe last year from an old high school friend and we have enjoyed it several times since. It’s easy to make, inexpensive, and oh so good!

No matter which you choose to try, these recipes will give you a real taste of a traditional Southern New Year’s meal.

Here’s wishing every one of you a New Year filled with peace and prosperity! Enjoy!

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  1. says

    Happy New Year Lana, Yes, gonna have my hoppin’ john, b-e’ed peas and rice(luck) for sure along with our usual ham. will not let that tradition go away. Like your McCoy bowls …. at least, that’s what they look like… have a great one..

    • says

      Good to hear from you, Drick. We saw video of some of that Christmas weather you all had around Mobile! Hope you were safe and dry.

      You have a great eye. Those are definitely McCoy’s brown drip pattern. Love that stuff. A very peaceful and prosperous New Year to you and yours!

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