New Year's Day Menu.

Wishing a very happy New Year to you! 2018 was one of the best years yet and gave me so many memories to cherish. It will be hard for 2019 to top it, but I do have lots of big + exciting things planned (can’t wait to share!).

As you know, I love a good tradition so here on January 1st I'm celebrating the Southern tradition of serving dishes that are said to bring us good luck + good fortune in the New Year.

If you’re looking for a traditional New Years Day menu here in the South it includes collard greens, black-eyed peas , cornbread, Hoppin’ John’s and some pork

Here’s a round up of some of my favorite recipes for New Year’s Day :

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1. CLASSIC CORNBREAD

A true Southern classic, Cornbread is meant to symbolize “gold” in the New Year. Signifying wealth and good fortune in the new year, they say cornbread made with actual corn kernels (my preference) symbolizes “gold nuggets” - even better. Click for the recipe or try a spin on the classic with this special cornbread recipe that I just love.

2. COLLARD GREENS

Collards go on our table to symbolize “greens,” cash or money - good financial fortune in the New Year. Find our recipe here.

3. BLACK EYED PEAS

Black eyed peas symbolize “coins” and it’s said you should eat 365, one for each day of the year, bringing us prosperity in the New Year. Find our recipe here.

Let me know in the comments your favorite ways to cook these New Year’s Day staples and what else you like to have on your plate.


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Black Eyed Peas.

Every year growing up we always ate black eyed peas on New Years Day to signify luck for the new year. They say the legumes symbolize “coins” and that you’re suppose to eat a boat-load of them, 365 to be exact, to ensure good luck each and every day of the new year.

Black eyed peas were never my favorite as a child, but I have always loved this family tradition. Today I’m sharing a classic and simple recipe for black eyed peas so you can ring in the year on a good note.

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BLACK EYED PEAS:

  • 2 cups dry black eyed peas

  • 4 cups chicken stock

  • kosher salt

First you will need to soak the dried beans overnight. Place beans in a large bowl with water, covering the beans by a few inches. Once they soak overnight, give them a quick rinse in cold water.

Add peas and chicken stock to a large pot and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Test beans for desired tenderness. Drain any remaining chicken stock and add salt. Serve warm.

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Let me know in the comments if your family followed this tradition and what else you like to add to your NEW Years Day menu.

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Collard Greens with Applewood Bacon.

On the way to the farm today I saw a hand-painted with an arrow pointing down a little dirt road with one simple word upon it. “GREENS.” Collard Greens are a classic staple to any Southern table, but most especially as we ring in the new year. Growing up they were always on our New Years Day menu to symbolize financial growth + stability for the new year.

And in true New Year’s fashion, they’re best cooked loaded down with thick-cut bacon. As rumor has it, hogs root forward which symbolizes positive, forward motion and good luck in the New Year. I’ll take it.

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bacon collards / heirloomed

To give our collards a bit more taste we love to add in applewood bacon. It really fills out the greens and adds an extra layer of flavor. And it’s a one-pan wonder, so they’re really easy to cook up, full of flavor. The juices from the bacon + onion cooking together adds an amazing flavor that you can’t get any other way.

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COLLARD GREENS WITH APPLEWOOD BACON:

  • 6 strips thick-sliced applewood bacon - sliced into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/4 cup apple-cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 pounds fresh collard greens - stems removed & sliced into 3-inch-wide strips

  • 1 cup chicken broth

Using a large skillet heat bacon over medium heat. Chop onion and garlic and mix in as bacon cooks. Cook for a few minutes and as the onion begins to softened mix in the salt and pepper. Next add in the vinegar and allow mixture to cook until liquid is down to about half.

Add the collard greens and chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce the temp to medium-low. Stir the mixture occasionally, until the collard greens have wilted and lost their brightness.

Serve warm and with juices from the pan.

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collard greens / heirloomed
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new years day menu / heirloomed

I hope you’ll try this recipe on New Years Day. Let me know what other traditions your family liked to do for the new year in the comments below.

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Vintage Chocolate-Dipped Stir Spoons.

One of the very best gifts during the holiday season are food gifts. I love holiday cooking + baking and then gifting the goodies to our co-workers, friends + neighbors, or bringing a bundle to a holiday party as a hostess gift.

This is one of my favorites, it’s a vintage spin on an idea I’ve seen floating around out there on Pinterest - Chocolate Dipped Stir Spoons. They’re great for stirring into your cup of cocoa or coffee and a sweet little gift, but I’m making them even more beautiful by using vintage spoons instead of the plastic ones. Take a peek.

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The best thing about these sweet little spoon gifts is that they really look like a million bucks without spending a ton of time or money. If you hit up a thrift store or local market, you can generally find silver-plated utensil for a dollar or less a piece.

Simply give them a polish, dip in almond bark and sprinkle on your favorite chopped topping. We used a variety of nuts, pistachios + peppermints to give ours a festive look. You could even pair it with a “hot chocolate mix” in a jar and one of our holiday tea towels or an apron of course and you have a beautiful gift to go.

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CHOCOLATE STIR SPOONS:

  • white chocolate almond bark

  • chocolate almond bark

  • peppermint sticks

  • nuts of your choice

Start by gathering up the spoons you would like to use. Then begin melting your chocolate bark in a sauce pan, or in the microwave. When using the microwave I like to heat it in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, to make sure the chocolate is melting smoothly and evenly. While your chocolates are melting crush up your peppermint sticks, nuts, or topping of your choice.

.Once the chocolate is melted dip each spoon slowly into the chocolate allowing it to cover the base of the spoon. Using your finger tips cover the tip of the spoon with the crushed toppings. Lay each spoon flat on a baking sheet and allow to dry. Use your spoons in your favorite hot cocoa recipe and enjoy.

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Holiday Buckeyes.

If there was one “cookie” that was a must in our holiday assortment for Santa it was most definitely the Buckeye.

It’s kind of like the homemade version of a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup and in true made-from-scratch fashion, a thousand times better. Sharing this classic recipe for you and I’d just love to know if this is a must-make in your home for the holidays too?

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HOLIDAY BUCKEYES:

  • 1/2 cups peanut butter

  • 1/2 cup butter (at room temp)

  • 3 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar

  • 8 ounces chocolate chips

  • 1 tbs vegetable shortening

Start by mixing peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Once ingebiets are well mixed begin kneading dough with your hands. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and place tablespoon sized balls along the pan. Place this tray in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Combine chocolate chips and shortening in a bowl. Microwave mixture in 30 second intervals until it is melted. Stir so that mixture is smooth and fully combined. Remove the tray from the refrigerator and use a toothpick to dip them into chocolate mixture. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and they are ready to serve.

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holiday buckeyes / heirloomed

This is the original recipe card from my Grandmother’s collection for “Ohio-State Buckeyes.” She actually lived in Michigan so I would imagine they are more commonly referred to as this up that way than they are down here in the South - anyone? My very favorite thing about the card is her note at the bottom “Not especially good - too sweet” which had us laughing and laughing in the studio since we all love them so. But in true Grandma fashion, she told it like it was and wasn’t a fan of things that were super sweet so this one made me have quite a smile.

Hope you enjoy this classic!


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