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Old 12-26-2006, 11:54 AM   #1
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New Years Day Dinner

What is your typical New Years Day Dinner? Pork and Sauerkraut is standard. Why? Well my late fater always said you eat pork because a pig roots forward and suaerkraut because cabbage grows up. Never beef because a cow eats from the top down, or chicken because it scratches backward. Root crops grow down so potatoes are out too. Hence anything down or backward on the first day of the year is not good. Fish is okay becaue it swims upstream. Any other traditions out there?

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Old 12-26-2006, 11:58 AM   #2
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Wow! and I thought I was over technical sometimes :))

for us it`s usualy something light, for the simple reason that we`ve discovered that a Heavy meal = Sleep and thus you miss 12 O`Clock.
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Old 12-26-2006, 11:59 AM   #3
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Huh. We usually eat whatever I decide to make that day. We don't have a single tradition for New Years Day. Weird. I will be interested in the responses in this thread.
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Old 12-26-2006, 12:08 PM   #4
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Football day here, little smokies/in sauce, meatballs/ in sauce, cubed cheese and sausage, chips/dip etc.) and going to roast a Boston Butt for sandwiches --(I think), eating thru-out the day ! Yum !
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Old 12-26-2006, 01:43 PM   #5
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Well, since it's my birthday, my whole family takes me out to our favorite Chinese place for dinner...After thanksgiving and Christmas it's a nice change and makes me feel pampered and loved...
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Old 12-26-2006, 01:49 PM   #6
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you asked for it, alix.

i used to have too much to drink, so i'd throw up.

does that count?

just kidding, mjk. we almost always get take out. often thai or sushi.
not sure why except it's sort of day to relax and unwind, now that you've made it through the holiday season.
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Old 12-26-2006, 01:50 PM   #7
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That sounds like a good tradition, kads!

Usually I make a big pot of chili that we can scoop from when we like if we're wtaching football. THis year, though, I think I'm going to fancy it up a bit and try a new recipe for beef braised in red wine and creamy polenta.
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Old 12-29-2006, 06:23 AM   #8
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We usually have bits and pieces as in we don't have a major meal but we will have things that we can nibble on during the night. Like maybe prawns, a variety of cheeses, dips, smoked salmon, salamis, olives and so on.
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I make blackeyed peas and rice on New Year's Day, and serve it with cole slaw and cornbread. I cook the peas with some ham left over from Christmas. We usually have something else like barbecue or roast chicken. I don't care much for blackeyed peas, but the rest of the family does so I mostly make it for them, although I do eat one serving for whatever good luck they say it brings.
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The staunch tradition of the New Years Eve dinner in Italy is lentils and cotechino or zamponi, which are both special kind of pork sausage. They are supposed to bring good luck for the upcoming year and just about everyone eats this menu, followed by spumante (Italian sparkling wine) with some ricciarelli or panforte (both almond based sweets originates from Toscana) as we bring in the anno nuovo at midnight.
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