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November 2014



Happy Thanksgiving! Menu?

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Today is our Thanksgiving Day. We are planning for family and friends to start showing up around lunch time today and will stay with us all day. Some people may even stay all night with us. This morning my husband has the yard and porch all set up and ready for the over flow of people we are expecting to start showing up. I am very excited and buzzing around making sure everything it ready.   Yesterday I started cooking so I can just enjoy everyone’s company today. What I am adding to our Thanksgiving Day Feast? 1 Baked Ham, sliced 1 Roasted Turkey (15 lbs) with dressing 1 large bowl of Collards 1 large bowl of Turnips greens with the roots 1 Lemon Pound Cake 1 Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Icing 2 Egg Custard pies Fresh Kumquats, Tangerines, Apples and Bananas 1 plater of sliced onions, tomatoes, pickles 1 saucer with homemade Cranberry Sauce 4 Jugs of Sweet Tea The coffee Pot will be working over time today too. I just hope someone brings paper plates so we don’t have a lot of dishes to wash. What are your plans for today? After eating our midday meal, we […]



December 2012



New Year’s Day Southerners Traditional Foods: Collards, Pork and Black-eyed Peas

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As with many of the superstitions, there will be several ways to answer a question.   In general, it is the belief that black-eyed peas are a lucky entrée for the New Year’s meal. It is especially popular in the southern United States. Much of the belief is stemmed from our history. The Future and Peas   Most Southerners will tell you that it dates back to the time of the Civil War.  Black-eyed peas were considered Slave or animal food.   Most field peas such as black-eyed peas or purple hulled peas were not worthy of General Sherman’s Union troops.  When the Union soldiers raided the Confederates food supplies, the legend says they took everything except the peas and the salted pork.  The Confederates considered themselves incredibly lucky to be left with those meager supplies, and they survived the winter on the peas. This is why Peas became a symbol of luck.  Another version of the belief in the lucky black-eyed pea is the Southern belief that black-eyed peas are lucky because the eyes are always looking forward to the future.  Money and Greens   More traditional New Year’s Day foods served in the south are collard greens and corn bread. These […]

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