Sunday, December 27, 2015

What's your favorite New Year Day Meal or Dish?

Seasoning Porketta
Finished product
Recipes for the above listed under Labels on the right side of the page! Enjoy!

What is your favorite New Year Day meal? Ours is pork, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. It has been for as long as I can remember. How about you? What do you make on New Year's Day? Are you a traditionalist or not?
How about New Year's Eve? Are there grapes on your table to eat at the stroke of midnight which are said to bring you luck? We've do that tradition also.
Mom made pork and sauerkraut and my mother-in-law made porketta. I'm 50% Italian and 25%Slovak and 25% English. My grandmothers usually made what my grandfather's felt was customary and although it may have been something other than pork my mom always made what her mother made and it was pork and sauerkraut.
Symbolism of New Year's Day foods
In most cultures, foods prepared on New Year's Day bring good luck. Which foods? Depends upon the culture. Recurring themes are green (life), gold & coins (money/wealth) and pork/ham (because pigs root forward as they eat, embracing challenges). Here's a link if you care to check out New Year's Food around the world.

Pork is also consumed in Italy and the United States, where thanks to its rich fat content, it signifies wealth and prosperity. I'll take that definition!!!

I found this recipe for cookies on the above link and since some of you may want to bake I'm posting it. Happy Sunday! 

 Make every day a Happy Day! Smile and pass it on. :):):) M.j

"New Years Cookies
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons caraway seeds

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside. Beat eggs until very light, beat in sugar, a little at a time, and then the cream. Stir in flour combination and caraway seeds. Refrigerate for several hours until dough is firm enough to handle. Roll about 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured board and cut with a small cooky cutter. Sprinkle tops with sugar and bake on greased cooky sheets in preheated 350 degree F. oven for about 10 minutes. Makes about 8 dozen."

---American Heritage Cookbook, Helen McCully recipes editor [American Heri
tage Publishing:New York] 1964 (p. 608)

Happy New Year 2016!

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