Where I’m from, the tradition is to eat black eyed peas and collard greens on New Year’s Day. During the first few years of our marriage, I stuck to the tradition, even though we don’t like either one of those options! I eventually gave up on the greens but still continued to make the peas, until one year we decided enough was enough. (In the same way, pumpkin pie has started to make a slow exit from our Thanksgiving table – I’m a little more sad about *that* tradition going away.)
So now we just have whatever we like on New Year’s Day; preferably something really tasty and “special” to celebrate the holiday. This year my husband requested potato soup, so I looked up some recipes, combined them, and added some ingredients of my own. I’m calling it Creamy Loaded Baked Potato Soup, and I have the printable recipe for you here.
I’ve also been trying to decide how to use the couple cans of cranberry sauce that I have left over from the holidays. I was intrigued when I found a recipe for Lemonade Cranberry Orange Bread posted on social media by Milo’s Restaurant (they make amazing Sweet Tea and Lemonade). I was so pleased with the way it turned out – usually to get a loaf bread this moist, you have to use a cup or so of oil. Almost all of the moistness in this bread comes from the cranberry sauce, and it was delicious. You can find the recipe here.
What did your family eat on New Year’s Day? I’d love to hear about your traditions in the comments below or on Facebook! Happy New Year!