In Greece, on New Year's day, after lunch, the father traditionally cuts into this rich cake. It has the year written on the top with almonds, and there is a coin inside the cake. The lucky person who gets the coin is given a gift of money to start off the new year.
The recipe is from The Foods of the Greek Islands cookbook written by Aglaia Kremezi.
I really like the sausage cheese balls my Pop makes for our New Year's celebration. But sometimes, sausage gives me heartburn and well, cheddar is pretty common. I wanted to try something different. So, I decided to omit the meat (making our vegan friends happy) and change the cheese (making me happy). I cut and pasted a few recipes together, tried some different amounts of ingredients, and well, VIOLA! They're pretty good and I wouldn't hesitate to fill a basket of these and plop 'em on my appy table.
This combines the two key ingredients for New Year's Day. Thing is, it's good all year round. I actually make the black-eyed pea mixture the day before and let refrigerate at least 24 hours for maximum flavor.
This recipe reminds me of the dainty bites served at many Chinese bakeries, particulary around New Years. I have not tried this one but am keeping it here for safekeeping. Should you try this before I do, comments on the preparation as well as results are welcome.
Be sure to warn you teetotaler guests that they may want to stay away from the tomatoes. These are especially attractive on a festive holiday table. It's also fun when your non teetotaler friends bite into them. You could serve them as an appetizer. Sprinkle a little parsley over them before serving
This is a variation of Hopping John. It's usually a New Years Day item around our house, as the Black-eyed peas, are for good luck.And it also contains rice, which is for abundance, and pork, which is for the future.
Posting this for ZWT 2006 (French Cajun & Creole region). This is a very homey comforting sort of a soup. The spices are easily played with if you like it spicier and it is even better with a good dollop of hot sauce in it.
This is the recipe I always make for New Year's Day. So many black-eyed pea recipes include ham, which you could add to this one, but we don't miss the meat because of the robust flavors of the kale, garlic and vinegar. This is one of the recipes you don't have to worry about measuring too much. Sometimes, I'll use more kale and fewer beans, if I'm serving this along with a meat main dish. In fact, I'll leave the black-eyed peas out entirely, if I want a light side dish.