Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Day 2010

Published by Currier & Ives, c. 1876

Even though I spent well over 40 years living in Californian, I was born in Atlanta and raised by parents who were both born and raised in Georgia. My family roots go back to Jamestown, so I claim my Southern heritage proudly. I love Southern food and have held the tradition of eating black-eyed peas and greens on New Year's Day for good luck and wealth in the coming year for as long as I can remember. I'm still waiting for the wealth part, but what the heck, I still love my greens!

So, I give you a pic of what my meal will be today — turnip greens, black-eyed peas, buttered rice, cornbread and, of course, sweet tea. And notice that I don't forget the hot vinegar. This photo was taken on New Year's Day 2009, I don't vary my menu much as you can see.

If you've never had either of these dishes you can find the best step-by-step recipes and history of this tradition by Christy Jordan @ Southern Plate. Collard Greens Black-eyed Peas

In case you're wondering, I'll be watching the Rose Parade. I can't remember ever missing a year and have attended a number of times long ago. This week on Outdoor Wednesday, I was delighted to find that a California blogger, Carolyn of Ford Family Photos, had gone down and photographed the floats being readied for today's festivities. She did an amazing job as you can see in the following pictures and I encourage you to drop in this week and see the rest. The fun began here and then you can just click on newer posts to see the other three postings she did. Thanks Carolyn, you brought me so much joy this week.

Now I'm off to visit all you while I wait for the parade to begin and resolve that tomorrow I shall start the after-the-holidays diet.

Happy New Year ya'll —

good luck and wealth to all of you

in 2010!

27 Thoughtful Comments:

Sue said...

Happy New Year!

I will also be watching the parade. I've never seen it in person and wouldn't want to fight the crowds...but, I'm sure it would be gorgeous!

It is 2 degrees here right now...see why I didn't mind the "cold" weather in Florida?


Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Happy New Year to you! I'm still waiting on the wealth part too, but just in case we have to have those black-eyed peas and greens, huh?

All the best to you and yours in the coming year!

Christi @ A Southern Life

Eclectic Chic Style said...

Definitely a southern New Year's menu, exactly what we'll be having here. Happy New Year to you my friend.
♥ Teresa

Joyce said...

I only learned last year at Cracker Barrel that in the south it is tradition to eat certain foods on New Years day. They gave each person a free side order of all these delicious goodies. Now the parade I have only watched on TV and would love to see it in person one day. My husbands birthday is today and he likes to watch the Twilight Zone marathon most of the day as his tradition:) Go figure?

Anonymous said...

Good morning!!! :)
It was fun last night on FB! I've never had any of those things on your menu to be honest. I've always wanted to try them, so I'll definitely follow the link for the instructions! Enjoy the parade!!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Rhonda

have a wonderful wonderful New Year.. May all your dreams come true! xx Julie

Carolyn Ford said...

I am happy to stretch the viewing of my Rose Parade float preparation photos to as many bloggers as possible. We had rain two days ago but today, as always on parade day, is sky and up to 73 degrees! yeah! But, we watch it on t.v. because the crowds are unbelievable. We're guaranteed a good view from home. We have seen it in Pasadena many times, though.
Have a great day today and my best to you for 2010!

Kristen said...

Bzzzzzt hoooottt woooott.... (those are the sounds of New Year's noise makers if you were wondering)

Happy New Year!!!

My ex-boyfriend is a southern boy at heart and his family lives in Arkansas and I loved my visit to meet them mostly because of the food... yummmmmm!!!

Sahildeki Ev said...

Happy new yaer Rhonda.Let me tell you that finding and reading your blog was such a big treat in 2009. Hope more will come this year too

Regina said...

Happy New Year Rhonda.
All the best.


Jen Beaudet Z said...

I must have been Southern in another life because I love that food, but I was born and raised in Redondo! Thank you for the sneek peek of the rose parade! I never saw the parade in person but one time when I was in high school my boyfrien and I went to see the floats on display. They were so beautiful; it's a memory I will always cherish. Happy New Year! :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That's what I'm getting ready to do, Rhonda. I got stranded (car problems) in Central Florida, and I'm going over to eat with friends. We're having that exact meal! :-)

I have so enjoyed getting to know you this year and count you as one of my blessings! Thank you for being my blogging buddy. Love you much. Let's get together in 2010!

Happy New Year!


Sheila :-)

Kathleen said...

Happy New Year! Hope you enjoy the Rose Parade. It's my favorite parade of all time. Probably because my family lived in Glendale which is a town right next to Pasadena. We always felt like it was kinda a little bit ours too!

Peg said...

It's so cold here today that I made some 15 bean soup. I checked the label on the dried beans and yep, black eyed peas are included. Hope that counts for good luck! No greens today but I'll cook those soon too.

I'm going to look at all those Rose Parade floats. My mom always marveled at them and never made it to the parade. She was a real flower lover!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Happy new year!! I think the snowboarding dogs were my favorite part of the Rose Bowl parade. :-)

Love the link to the recipes! We recently had a 40th birthday party for a Southern-born friend and it was all about the collard greens, black-eyed peas, ham and sweet potato rolls. We figure if it "works" for the New Year, it can certainly help our fabulous friend usher in his 40s. :-)

Jeanette said...

No matter where I have lived, I always have my greens, cornbread, peas and tea on New Years Day.

Self Sagacity said...

these were all thoughtful comments. great to see such wonderful people you are in touch with. I am a californian blogger, and semi new to foody friday. enjoyed your post much. hope you have a great new year and thanks for visiting me.

DoanLegacy said...

Great peek pictures of the rose parade. Never seen it but heard it's a lot of fun. I hope you had fun.

Rachelle @ Olivia's Cottage said...

Happy New Year! Thank you for the comment on my blog and suggestion on the adult Tutus! I think I am going to add an option for a custom order, so that if there are any adults that would like to order one can. I had not thought of that and it sounds so cute the friend of yours wearing her tutu to her family pictures. :D

gayle said...

Crap I forgot to watch the Rose Parade...MY CA family was there and a 2nd cousin was in it....shoot. Oh I was I had had supper with you today...looks so yummy!!

Lillian Robinson said...

I just learned from Lynn that Texans eat black-eyed-peas and cornbread. My FIL's tradition is pork and sauerkraut. I don't have a tradition for New Years.

Unknown said...

I had Taco Bell.. I didn't feel like cooking...
I hope that doesn't become tradition tho! Yuck!
I'm having a little New Years Give away too... stop by and enter if you get a chance...
~Really Rainey~

Lindsay-ann said...

Happy new Year Rhonda
Wishing you health and happiness in 2010.
I was interested to see what you traditionally eat on New Years Day. I had some cornbread when we visited Florida and I loved it.
Hope you enjoyed the parade.
Sending much love from England today.

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

My grandmother always made lentils on NYE. Your post made me remember her dabbling in the kitchen just for those lentils. Thank you for the memory!

Rattlebridge Farm said...

Oh, that looks good! I wish I had a plate right now. I hope you had a great New Year's Eve and I wish you all the best in 2010!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

I need a good black eyed peas recipe! The last time I had them, they were a disaster!

Sierra said...

I hope you had a wonderful New Year's Eve! That meal looks delicious. :)

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