Janet's Notebook
Lucky New Year Food Recipes


Creamed Collard Greens with Bread Crumbs


It seems the older I get, the faster time flies. Weren't we just talking about our resolutions for 2017? Well, it's that time again and I'm going to bring in the New Year with some recipes that are guaranteed to bring luck.

If you're wondering why certain foods bring luck, the Kitchen Crew put together an article that explains what to eat for New Year's luck and why (click here to read). A few traditional foods are greens, beans, and foods shaped like rings.

Greens are typically eaten on New Year's Day because they are supposed to bring an abundance of money. Tiffany Bannworth's (Cape Coral, FL) Creamed Collard Greens with Bread Crumbs is a delicious recipe to try. These collard greens are lightly creamy with a great garlic and peppery flavor.

"This is a yummy addition to traditional collard green recipes," thinks Tiffany. "Our children love it, so will you!" They're a nice alternative to standard stewed greens. We suggest serving with an extra pat of butter or freshly grated Parmesan. If served in a cast iron skillet, they look fancy but rustic. Your family will never guess it was an easy recipe.

Pork is another food to eat on New Year's because it symbolizes wealth and prosperity. Try Janet Crow's (Quinwood, WV) super simple Baked Pork Chop with Parmesan Recipe. "These were the best pork chops I have eaten in a long time," shares Janet. "So moist and tender and the flavors were amazing!"

The Test Kitchen loved these pork chops. The breading keeps the chops really moist. Sharyn Rosipal (Turtle Creek, PA) joked, "This is delicious - my husband said he would eat this at least once a week." They're so easy and would be delicious with Tiffany's Creamed Collard Greens.

The more beans you eat on New Year's Day, the more coins will be coming your way. So, make sure to eat lots of beans on New Year's Day. Andy Rubini (Plantation, FL) makes an easy Black-Eye Peas Dip that's a favorite with her family.

The longer the dip sits, the better the flavors are. Andy's dressing is what makes the dip. With balsamic vinegar, sugar and a tiny bit of pepper, it's sweet and spicy at the same time. A great recipe if you're looking to snack during the day.

Another recipe using black-eyed peas is Fran Murray's Mom's New Year's Hoppin' John. "I always make it on New Year's Day," says Fran. "It's said to bring good luck for the whole year. So far, it hasn't been wrong!" Black-eyed peas are delicious. But add bacon to them... and you have a winner. Everything is seasoned just right in this recipe.

Eating food shaped like a ring symbolizes the circle of life and the year coming full circle. Treat yourself to a homemade doughnut like Susan Din's Buttermilk Cake Doughnuts. They're exactly what you'd expect from a cake doughnut - delicious!

"These are yummy, lightly spiced cake doughnuts that are delicious on their own or you can cinnamon sugar, powder sugar or vanilla or chocolate glaze them," explains Susan. "No mixer involved and I use my biscuit cutters to cut them."

The cake is dense with a hint of spice. They're tasty alone, but add the toppings and they're even better. The glaze makes 'em a bit sweeter, the cinnamon sugar adds a hint of spice and chocolate just makes everything better.

Hopefully, you'll ring in the New Year with one of these New Year's Day recipes. And, that they bring you fortune and luck! Happy New Year everyone... and Happy Pinching.



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