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Traditional New Years Recipes
Many cultures believe that the ring, a symbol of eternity, brings luck on New Year's Day. The Dutch believe that eating a doughnut on New Years Day will bring luck. While that may or may not be true, starting the day with these homemade doughnuts should at least make your family feel lucky!
1/2 c dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg beaten
1/2 c molasses
1/2 c sour cream
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
3 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 -3 c flour
Combine all ingredients except flour. Stir well. Add just enough flour to make a soft dough that leaves the sides of the bowl and is firm enough to shape. Roll out lightly on a well floured counter and cut with a doughnut cutter dipped in flour. Fry in deep hot fat, 360 degrees, turning once. Drain on paper towel or brown paper bags. Fry them 3-4 at a time, depending on the size of your fryer. The doughnuts will be dark brown because of the molasses. Repeat with all of the dough, and then fry the doughnut holes. About 18-24 depending on size of cutter
1 c confectioners sugar
1 TBS cream
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground lemon peel (or sprinkle glazed doughnuts with grated fresh peel.)
mix together until smooth. Glaze doughnuts while warm.
A Southern Recipe For Prosperity
In the American South on New Years Day the traditional Menu includes black eyed peas, ham, greens, and corn bread. The motto is," eat poor on New Year's and eat fat the rest of the year!".
The greens represent the green of money, while the black eyed peas bring wealth because they represent the coins. Here is a recipe for a prosperous New Year. Everything but the cornbread is included in the soup, just serve the cornbread along side.
Ham & Black-eyed Pea Soup with Greens
In a large saucepan heat and cook until tender:
1/4 c olive oil
4 medium onions chopped
5 garlic cloves chopped
2 pounds collard greens, stems removed and leaves finely chopped
8 cups organic chicken stock
8 cups water
2 small finely minced Jalapeño peppers
1 Ham bone
the meat removed from the bone (approx.3/4 to 1 cup)
Simmer until greens are tender, about 20 minutes
Meanwhile, rinse and drain:
4 16-ounce cans black-eyed peas Mash half of them to thicken the soup and add all to the soup mixture.
Add: 4 cans organic diced tomatoes
Simmer 5 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper
Stir in: 1 tbs cider vinegar dash of hot sauce
Makes about 8 main course servings.
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Vaselopita: Greek Cake
In Greece they make a cake, with money hidden inside, to be eaten on New Year's Day. whoever finds the money will be lucky in the New Year, unless of course they break a tooth on the coin...
1 c organic unsalted butter
2 c sugar
3 c unbleached flour
6 organic eggs
2 tsp baking powder
1 c lukewarm milk
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbs lemon juice
1/4 c blanched slivered almonds
Sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease a 10 inch round cake pan.
In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light.
Stir in the flour and mix.
Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Combine the baking powder and milk, add to the egg mixture, mixing well.
Combine the lemon juice and baking soda, stir into the batter.
Pour into the prepared cake pan. Push a quarter into the batter, hiding it.
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
Remove and sprinkle the nuts and sugar over the cake, then return it to the oven for 20 to 30 additional minutes, until cake springs back to the touch.
Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes before inverting onto a plate.
Serve cake warm. Each person in the family gets a slice starting with the youngest person there.Whoever gets the quarter in their piece, gets good luck for the whole year.
Good Food...Good Friends
Getting together with friends and family to celebrate a time of new beginnings is the best tradition of all. May you have a blessed and prosperous New Year!