Collards And Hoppin’ John

Since it’s our first day back in town following a two-week stint down south, we’re considering this to be the official start of our “New Year” here in Vermont.  All day we have been dreaming and scheming new plans.  And thanks to the inspired southern new year meal Harrison cooked up for us this past week, we’re hoping luck will be on our side as we navigate the big year ahead.

Southern New Year Meal Recipes Collards and Hoppin John

Luck or no luck, it sure was good.

Here’s a peek inside the impromptu dinner date we shared with Harrison’s mom and step-dad at the family’s catering kitchen back in Winston-Salem where we reflected on the year behind and encouraged good fortune in the year ahead…

Black-eyed peas are said to represent coins and good luck. Folklore says to eat one black-eyed pea for each day of the year. I love them so much I think I doubled my luck.

Collard greens are said to represent wealth and symbolize folding money

Our take on hoppin john: black-eyed peas, cabbage, carrot, onion

First he was sauteing and tossing...


Then he was tieing and knotting so his "photographer" didn't miss a beat...


Cheers to new beginnings!

 What New Year’s tradition does your family share?

Until we dine and dream again,
A + H

3 responses

  1. Gorgeous photos — what fun! This is the first year I’ve heard anyone talk about Hoppin’ John so I guess it’s never too late to learn, right? We just spent two weeks driving and eating our way through New England and loved every minute of it. If you’re still in Vermont, Michael’s on the Hill near Stowe is fabulous.

    • Um hello. Speaking of photos, I was just reading through your road trip post and seriously.. stunning photos! Made me all dreamy for a fall road trip. If ONLY there wasn’t all of this snow on the ground. Sheesh. I do know of Michael’s! My husband actually did a stage there a few months ago and really enjoyed it.. both the food and the great staff. I’m dying to go myself! Thanks so much for dropping by!

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