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Readers Respond: Tell Us About Your New Year's Day Food Traditions

Responses: 37



I was raised in Louisville , KY and we always ate cabbage and potatoes with sausage accompanied by black eyed peas. We have a mixed background and I'm not sure what type of tradition it is, German, Irish or maybe just plain old Southern American
—Guest Deb

New Year's Meal

Black eyed beans cabbage and a pork of your choice.
—Guest Tina Taylor

New Years Day

On new years day we always have blackeyed peas, turnip greens,hog jowl,and cornbread.It's a family tradition.
—Guest sarah

? Traditional New Year's Day Dessert?

What do you serve for NY day dessert traditionally. Other than pecan or sweet potato pie I am at a loss as what to bring for a neighborhood Jan. 1 get together for dessert.
—Guest Brenda Williams

New Years

Black Eyes Peas, Collard greens, cornbread, Pork Shoulder or ribs, Upside down pineapple cake, rice
—Guest Connie

New Years food

We always have cabbage (for money), blackeyed peas for luck and cornbread for dipping in the pot liquor..some times the cabbage is a casserole with some onion and cheese baked together.
—Guest cynthia smith

New Years Tradition

I am from Georgia and growing up we have ALWAYS ate black eye peas, collards or turnips, cornbread dressing and thinly fried coenbread. I still keep the tradition going with my family.
—Guest Deana S

My new years eats

Pork tenderloin - kimchi - black eyed peas - house fruit salad - pineapple upside down cake. Oh yeah good stuff!
—Guest Sam

New Year's Day meal

I lived in VA and my husband lived in PA. Even though we live in NY now, we eat ham steak, made w/ Michael's very own special sauce, mashed potatoes covered w/ saurkraut, black eyed beans and greens (collards, spinach, etc). We also enjoy corn bread w/ that. However, on New Year's Eve we eat shrimp.
—Guest Marti

New Years Day Food Traditions

Mashed potatoes, pork, blackeyed peas, cabbage and corn bread for health, wealth and happiness in the new year. Never heard of eating rice at all.
—Guest Anne


Kattlynn, I was raised in the south by southern parents (NC, SC and AL) and black eyed peas and rice were a staple. It's called hoppin'johns when cooked together with spices - check any southern recipe book. All I can say is you have missed out on some wonderful southern cooking if you weren't raised on black eyed peas and rice!!:) Happy New Year !
—Guest belinda614

new orleans tradition

this was my mother in-law Marie's meal for New Year black eye peas for luck cabbage for money pork roast for love
—Guest aj

Southern New Year Dinner

I grew up in the South and now live in New York. But the one time of the year I bring back Southern Tradition is New Years Day. We always have Black Eye peas, Collards, Chicken N Dressing, and Cornbread. Who can't use a little good luck and little Money!
—Guest Melinda

southern food traditions

I love my aunt's southern cooking especially when I go up 2 Georgia she always cooks 4 me n my cousins n we love it!!!
—Guest kimmy barber

New Year's Day Meal

I have always prepared black-eyed peas with ham hock, Greens(myself i like mustard greens with swiss chard, craklin bread(corn-bread), rice of course...it's my traditional soul food dinner
—Guest Tony B

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