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So WHY EAT Hog Jowl, Black-Eye Peas, Collard Greens and Cornbread on New Year's Day
Jan 1, 2014 | Yosemitest

Posted on 01/01/2014 8:41:27 PM PST by Yosemitest



TOPICS: Education; Food; History; Reference
KEYWORDS: civilwar; collars; cornbread; happynewyear; jewishpractice; jowl; lubiya; ms; peas; rubiya; traditions; wtsherman
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Enjoy, and Happy New Year.
1 posted on 01/01/2014 8:41:28 PM PST by Yosemitest
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To: Yosemitest

American by birth. Southern by the grace of God.


2 posted on 01/01/2014 8:44:32 PM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Yosemitest

I just go with ham...............


3 posted on 01/01/2014 8:48:12 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Yosemitest

We forego the hog jowl and have fried cabbage as our *greens*.


4 posted on 01/01/2014 8:50:13 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Yosemitest

In SC they eat Hoppin John


5 posted on 01/01/2014 8:51:29 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Yosemitest

Red beans and rice with ham, Andouille sausgage and french bread for supper tonight.


6 posted on 01/01/2014 8:52:09 PM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Yosemitest

Mrs. Hugin is Russian/Polish descent, so the lucky meal is kielbasa, sauerkraut and dumplings every New Year.


7 posted on 01/01/2014 8:54:38 PM PST by Hugin
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To: Tennessee Nana

That’s what Mrs. 2ndDivisionVet made.


8 posted on 01/01/2014 8:57:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: Yosemitest

We had our black eyed peas and ham hock, we are OK for 2014!


9 posted on 01/01/2014 8:58:04 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Yosemitest

I’d put it in the garbage!


10 posted on 01/01/2014 9:00:33 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Yosemitest

Mother used to always cook black eyed peas and hog jowls for new years day. She almost never cooked collard greens because I didn’t like them. If one member of her family didn’t like something she would very seldom cook it.

She did cook mustard greens and turnip greens. Also what she called corn bread but everyone else calls corn pone. She also cooked an unusually good “hoe cake”.

Mother cooked Southern because that is the way her Mother cooked. She use a lot of grease but only a fraction of what my paternal grandmother used. Grandmother’s greens would be swimming in grease.

My brother said the reason Mother’s vegetables were so good was she used grease but not a lot.


11 posted on 01/01/2014 9:08:19 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Yosemitest

HNY! I’m a northerner but just bought a bag of Martha White he other day. Cracklins, now yer talkin!


12 posted on 01/01/2014 9:14:17 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Yosemitest

Why eat it? Because its GOOD!


13 posted on 01/01/2014 9:16:34 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Yosemitest
I have a buddy in Alaska visiting, we had King and Snow Crab..
Louisiana oysters and a bit of Jack..very satisfying
14 posted on 01/01/2014 9:30:48 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: Yosemitest

Yum! I miss the bagels and lox, eggcreams, real NY-style pizza, but I love Southern cooking also. Pinging for later. Happy New Year everyone!


15 posted on 01/01/2014 9:32:52 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Hoodat
If it ain't Dixie ... It won't do !
16 posted on 01/01/2014 9:41:45 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Lurker

Yes Sir !!!

Had some black eyed peas today,, traditions as far back as I can remember. Didn’t know about the civil war story though.

Good read.... 364 days to go...:o)

Stay safe Buddy !


17 posted on 01/01/2014 9:42:57 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: yldstrk
After about 1985, pork, both smoked and fresh, just wouldn't stay down.
So I had to substitute beef fat, either original beef jerky, or normally cracked pepper flavored.
The taste isn't the same, but it IS good.
18 posted on 01/01/2014 9:45:08 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Jane Long
There's not a lot of difference between bacon and hog jowl.
Both are smoked, salted and cured.
19 posted on 01/01/2014 9:46:14 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Tennessee Nana

:-) South Texas, too. Hoppin John, boiled cabbage, & cornbread.


20 posted on 01/01/2014 9:53:24 PM PST by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: Squantos
Check these links out.
21 posted on 01/01/2014 9:55:21 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

I made split pea soup with pepper bacon yesterday, and Manhattan clam chowder the day before.

Put up twelve cartons of soup yesterday: six (6) Manhattan Clam Chowder and six (6) Split Pea w/Pepper Bacon.

Had a New Years Day dinner of hot clam chowder with garlic bread, a glass of red wine, two kinds of cheeses, and a hand-full of toasted unsalted nuts. Since both soups are loaded with veggies I do not bother with a salad.

Happy New Years to everyone!


22 posted on 01/01/2014 9:55:42 PM PST by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: Yosemitest

BTTT

I reside in historic Vicksburg, MS!


23 posted on 01/01/2014 9:59:44 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Squantos
One more.
24 posted on 01/01/2014 10:01:24 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

Cool links...love to read history. Grateful !!

Stay safe !!!


25 posted on 01/01/2014 10:05:04 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Impala64ssa
First time I tried a "bagel with lox and cheese", was in Plattsburg NY.
An interesting sandwich, with a slice of fresh tomato.
But because I'm not much for semi-cooked cold fish, I didn't do it again.
26 posted on 01/01/2014 10:07:43 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest
Great article! That's what we had for our midday meal today with minor adjustments. Although I am a true Southerner, both by choice and by birth, I do not care for collards. I like almost all other "greens", but my mother rarely cooked collards so I did not grow up eating them. We also had them for both Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, but my husband got them already cooked at the Piggly Wiggly because I have not ever cooked them myself. We had both cabbage and turnip greens today instead. We also did not have hog jowl, but we did have a delicious baked ham from Honey Baked Hams. I baked some corn bread, but my husband made some fried corn bread which is a particular favorite of my SIL. My 8-month old grandson ate his first traditional New Year's Day meal as did two 18 year old neighbor boys who happened to stop by just as dinner was ready. All three enjoyed it very much as did we all!!
27 posted on 01/01/2014 10:16:22 PM PST by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death,....therefore, choose life..")
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To: Squantos; Tony Snow; humblegunner; mylife; COB1; sockmonkey; uamadan; Brucifer

Charlie Robison - New Year's Day

28 posted on 01/01/2014 10:16:36 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

Perfect .....:o)

That’s a keeper .... Merry New Year Liberty !!

Stay safe !


29 posted on 01/01/2014 10:26:16 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Hoodat

YES SIR!

My DW served corn bread, black eyed peas and collard greens for dinner tonight! Chunk ham had to substitute for hog jowl, though.

Southern Style!

Mighty tasty!

And, a great way to start off the new year.


30 posted on 01/01/2014 10:35:48 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Yosemitest

Very nearly the perfect meal.


31 posted on 01/01/2014 10:41:35 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: srmorton
The trick to cooking collards is to have really good tasting clean water.
Collards are best torn from the leaf stalk or stem and remove all the large vein stems in the leaves.
Collards are very strong in taste.
Get a very large pot of water boiling with no salt or pepper, but just water.
After it comes to a rolling boil under a covered lid, then put your collards into the water and turn the boil down to a gradual boil after about 10 to 15 minutes.
This is where you want to keep your cooking temperature for about 2 hours.
Stir your collards about every 30 minutes.
After about 2 hours, add your chopped green onions and any meat you choose to season your collards with.
At 2 and one half hours cooking time, salt and pepper to taste, and I like to add a stick of real butter, but I cook a lot of greens when I do them (maybe three or four regular paper grocery bag bundles).
Also add a little apple cider vinegar to it, to taste, maybe a half a cup or a full cup.
At three hours, they should be done.
You can drain most of the liquid off, if you like, but I usually just use a serving fork to lift the collards out of the liquid onto each plate, or let each individual get what they want out of it.

Have fun, and remember that dark greens have the most micro-nutrients (video 1, video 2, and video 3 )that your body needs to get energy into your cells, especially if you're diabetic.
32 posted on 01/01/2014 10:46:37 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: srmorton
One other thing, at Piggly Wiggly, look for "BAMA Mayonnaise" and if they don't have it, ask for it.
SAUER'S Mayonnaise will do, but BAMA is best because it has a stronger vinegar taste.
Try it, and I think you'll love it.
33 posted on 01/01/2014 11:09:45 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest
Interesting. My mother, God rest her, would insist I eat at least as many black-eyed peas to equal the number of my years, every New Years Day, and was remarkably free of any other such traditions. She rose out of grinding poverty in Texas, as did my father, and both observed the rite. I would just as adamantly refuse, since I detested the taste of all beans as a youngster. It led to an annual standoff, though by her persistence she ultimately prevailed until I reached a certain age where my father intervened on my side, and I afterward celebrated an empty triumph, and over the years forgot the thing.

Today, after a difficult year and relieved to be free of ever again living in a year numbered in any way with a 13, I renewed the tradition on my own, though at my advancing health more to honor her. A man should keep faith with his parents even when they're dead, and honoring our father in mother, in the commandments, comes also with a promise, "that it will go well with you in the land."

Searching back, I was surprised to discover the southern side of this tradition prevails from Texas, even in families of many generations dating back before the WTBS, to North Carolina, at least, where leaving the Union would not have occurred (and nearly didn't) had the latter not found itself surrounded by separated States after having first rejected secession.

Someone here speculated the black-eyed pea symbolized the "evil eye" tradition, though I did not believe that. It is not a tradition common in the South, among the Whites, anyway, and especially among those families who, in North Carolina, still remember the oral tradition praising the former slaves who, at legal risk, fed their White neighbors, sometimes with Freeman benefits. This is not the case in Texas, where the Freeman Bureau's brief influence was not as widespread, though many hundreds of thousands of poor Whites did migrated there during, so-called, "Reconstruction."

There are those who believe that federal policy never ended, though resistance to it did cease at the admonition of Nathan Bedford Forrest. Those same people say the policy just went nationwide, to those places in particular where the Klan, for example, enjoyed its greatest membership, at its peak and afterward; places including Indiana, Illinois, etc.

An interesting tradition, indeed. Regardless of your own celebration for the New Year, to my fellow Americans, God grant you joy!

34 posted on 01/02/2014 1:04:44 AM PST by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: Prospero

Be sure to read comments #21, #24, and #32.


35 posted on 01/02/2014 1:11:59 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

Pork chops, black-eyed peas, cabbage, and cornbread here in North Central Louisiana.

Because that’s what Mrs. abb’s mother taught her to cook, as did her mother before her.


36 posted on 01/02/2014 1:16:48 AM PST by abb
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To: Prospero
Check out . The BLACK BEAN EPISODE is where I had always heard that the Evil Eye association with beans or peas came from.
37 posted on 01/02/2014 1:25:17 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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38 posted on 01/02/2014 1:30:26 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: abb

BBQ ribs, blackeyed peas, spinach, and cornbread for us here in NC. I could not find any fresh or frozen greens other than spinach at the local stores, guess I waited too late to shop.


39 posted on 01/02/2014 1:34:35 AM PST by kalee
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To: Jane Long

Why eat them? Because they are good! Hog Jowls are the most tender meat I have ever eatten. Its like the question, Why do blacks like fried chicken and watermellon? Answer: because they are good!


40 posted on 01/02/2014 1:43:10 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Hoodat; Black Agnes

I hear ya.

Hog jowls...my big dogs still gnawing on them

A big pot of BEPs

Country ham.....Rices of Mt Juliet TN.....top shelf salted country hams

Buttermilk corn bread in 100 year old passed down CI skillet...stove top cooked soda style white meal...not sweet Yankee cornbread.....which I confess I do prefer for Mexican cheddar cornbread but not as real cornbread

Collards...well cooked

And my wife’s fancy hand chopped slaw

Plenty of pepper sauces and raw country butter

Really nice

I probably eat the peas most....

My big Rott had that jowl firmly clenched and my 6 year old reached for it

I hollered in time....do not try to take a fat cooked jowl from a Rottweiler....not ever

Even a good dog can bite u over that

Imagine taking a jowl from 125 pound chihuahua....were there such a thing..lol


41 posted on 01/02/2014 1:52:50 AM PST by wardaddy (wifey instructed me today to grow chapter president beard back again....i wonder why?)
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To: Prospero
One more find from Wikipedia, Black-eyed pea, Lucky New Year food. Be sure to note that Jews do NOT EAT Pork.
42 posted on 01/02/2014 1:56:36 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

I used to deer hunt off Steele Bayou

And I grew up right where Sherman marched and burnt....the Old Clinton Blvd

Stone cold ghetto now

We found lots of musket ammo


43 posted on 01/02/2014 1:58:00 AM PST by wardaddy (wifey instructed me today to grow chapter president beard back again....i wonder why?)
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To: Yosemitest
My family likes to make Hoppin' John's. several variations. Basically black eyed peas, brown rice, onion or garlic and pork. This year we used this recipe from Betty's Kitchen Betty's Kitchen
44 posted on 01/02/2014 1:58:13 AM PST by prisoner6 (FREEDOM)
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To: JoeProBono
Thanks for the photo.
All that's needed is a glass of Iced-Tea with a slice of lemon in it.
And a slice of peace cobbler (from the home canned cold packer) would be nice.
45 posted on 01/02/2014 1:59:21 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: wardaddy
Sherman is still despised in Meridian, Mississippi today, for burning it to the ground.
Merrehope, Circa 1858 Occasionally “Sherman Neckties” are still found today in the woods where old "dummy RR lines" use to run.
46 posted on 01/02/2014 2:18:04 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: wardaddy

47 posted on 01/02/2014 2:22:32 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

We did our part yesterday to uphold this Southern tradition.


48 posted on 01/02/2014 2:38:53 AM PST by MagnoliaB
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To: Jane Long

I had pork chops, collards, black eyed peas, and cornbread! It’s been traditional in my family for years!


49 posted on 01/02/2014 3:04:41 AM PST by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: Yosemitest

Great post...thanks!


50 posted on 01/02/2014 3:11:02 AM PST by chasio649
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