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Thread: Blackeyed peas and greens on New Year's Day

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    Blackeyed peas and greens on New Year's Day

    Is that a tradition with your family? Sign of good luck and money management with the new year. Is it more Southern than Northern tradition?

    It has been on our New Year's table for more years than I can remember. Do you serve it also??

    Happy New Year to everyone!!

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    I believe that is a Southern tradition. I am from PA and grew up with the tradition of Sauerkraut and Pork. Never heard of Black Eyed Peas and Greens until I moved to Texas. So now I enjoy both traditions.
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    Clapperj we're having pork and sauerkraut--typical Pennsylvania! Hope everyone is enjoying the day with old traditions or starting new ones.
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    My family eats blackeyed peas but not the greens, which I think you mean turnip greens. Right? This tradition came from Alabama with my grandmother. I understand it to mean that if you are willing to start your new year off with a lowly meal of blackeyed peas then you will be willing to watch your spending for the whole year and as a result will be more economically blessed. It is supposed to be dried peas, not canned or frozen. It is all about being humble.

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    My favorite that my granny made when I was growing up - my family lived in California but Grandma was from Oklahoma - I still love to make it but doesn't taste as good as granny's did.

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    Happy New Year!
    Both My parents were from the south(Tenn&Ark)So I had Black eye peas & Greens as a kid. Don't do it now.
    But yesterday we visted our Mom at her Adult family home and the owners are Filipino. they were putting out all types of round things, apples,oranges,Cheeto puffs,candys,all in sets of 12's,and a cluster of 12 grapes on the front door All for good luck in the coming year!
    They are the very best of people they took care of my Mom until her passing in 2003 and now my inlaw.

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    Where I grew up in NJ it was Ham and Cabbage made with the last of the ham on the bone from Christmas dinner. (that's what my momma is having today)

    Down here in NC, Black eyed Peas made with the ham bone from Christmas dinner.

    I don't do greens, eeeeeeeeew!

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    We're having home-made pizza. Not a tradition but that's what DH wants (and I'm ALWAYS up for pizza).

    The only black-eyed peas I like are the band, and I think they have separated. My mother makes lentils for the reason mentioned (prosperity) and I hate those even worse than black-eyed peas.
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    My mom always made black-eyed peas and greens on New Years Day. My dad insisted on it. Mom was from Seattle and my dad from Arkansas. We lived in Southern California. Just for good measure, my Aunt Marion (not a blood relative but she was like my mom's sister) would visit and we would have a bite of pickled herring.

    As an adult I don't cook black-eyed peas or greens. I was never fond of them as a kid. My parents have been gone now for 8 and 3 years respectively. How I would love a plate of beans and greens now.

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    Mom used to always have cooked cabbage on New Years Day. She said you were supposed to but didnt' say why or I don't remember why. She was from Kentucky. Relaxation is my tradition. I did make a meal today of sausage, biscuits, scrambled eggs and gravy. I told the girls to eat hardy as that was the only meal I was going to make today.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    You bet every year since I could eat table food.
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    In my neck of the woods, it's ham and cabbage on New Years day. I have the ham and dh just went to the store to buy cabbage.

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    Last night was blackeyed peas an the greens ,which were super, with frirend an her family . today its ham, cabbage potatoes an carrots. Happy New Year everyone.

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    a friend of mine alwasy said this is a musy plus pork well need to say she is gone and I do what she always said also must a potote and pea corn ormenta on youre tree who knows butu I do that to

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    We drop a dime in the cabbage for wealth.Who ever gets the dime will have unexpected wealth

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    well i'm making Great Northern Beans with ham. Does that count?

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    I always have blackeyed peas on New Year's Day (originally from Texas). I'd better go make sure I have some before I go to the store in case I need to buy some. thanks for the reminder.

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    Here in Japan we eat ozoni (a soup made with vegetables and chicken) poured over grilled mochi (glutinous rice made into small blocks or rounds) and/or o-sekihan, azuki beans and glutinous rice steamed together and sprinkled with salt and black sesame seeds. My mother is from Texas, and you can bet she made a pot of black-eyed peas and greens-her favorite dishes!

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    My husband is from Arkansas andhe insists on Black Eyed Peas on New Years too. It is a southern thing. My DAD, from a farm in Kansas always said, those are not for human consumption, that is what we fed the cows. (Cow Peas)

    I like them, but they take a long time to cook. I was so busy quilting that I forgot to put them on to cook. They were soaked, but not cooked..which takes hours and hours. I needed a quick fix....went to the internet and found a recipe for the pressure cooker.

    I smashed the garlic, added the pepper flakes and ham and put it in the pressure cooker. IT WAS ALL DONE IN 11 MINUTES! I could not believe it. The recipe called for spinach to be put in for a few minutes after the peas were done.
    I had fresh spinach, put in two cups. It turned out great.
    Husband loved the added spinach idea.....he too was surprised at the pressure cooker recipe....guess I will do this again.
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    I NEVER tempt fate and eat my peas and collards (with BBQ and cornbread) every New Years day!

    Sorta like my husbands traditional standing rib roast and yorkshire pudding for Christmas.
    Last edited by Roxanne; 01-03-2012 at 07:41 AM. Reason: add
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    We have blackeyed peas on New Year's Day, have since I was a child. Over the years we have also added boiled cabbage as another side dish. That came from my MIL. This year the adults ate prime rib for meat and the kids and those that do not like rare meat at grilled chicken.

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    I am from Texas and we have always had black eyed peas and cabbage, not mixed together. They are for luck and prosperity in the new year.

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    Yes we had black eyed peas for New Year's. My husband is from Texas and has to have is blackeyed peas. Never knew what they were until I married him. Same with cornbread dresssing as I am a Montana girl.

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    Raised in the mid-west, we do our black-eyed peas and spinach greens. I cheat a bit, I boil the dry black-edyed peas in chicken broth. I boil the water, vinegar (cup of each) and cup of sugar til its a rolling boil. Shut off the heat and I put 4 packages of baby spinach in to wilt. Then we can eat it with a smile 'cause its good. Thanks everyone for sharing your traditions.

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    I just started this tradition a couple years ago. My parents were from Nebraska and Iowa and I guess they did not do this. I used the 16 bean soup that you buy in the dried bean section (yes, it has black-eyed peas). I grabbed the ham bone from Christmas and put that in to cook, then removed it and put in diced ham to finish off. I also made corn bread and coleslaw. My oldest son came over and we both enjoyed it.

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