Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Years Dinner

Every New Year, we have the same meal. It has become a tradition over the years and I haven't the heart to change it. The ONLY thing different every year is what we decide to serve for dessert!

Baked Ham
Black Eyed Peas
Steamed Cabbage
Cornbread

Baked Ham
I simply put a 1/2 ham in the oven at 375 and cook for about 2 hours to 2 1/2 hours. Usually 20 minutes a pound. I cover with foil for most of the cooking time, removing it the last 30 minutes. Sometimes I spice it up, sometimes it's sweeter, but on New Years, I simply allow the lovely pork taste to come on through ~ with no additional seasoning. (This makes it easier to incorporate into left overs and casseroles.)

Black Eyed Peas
I often use my crockpot, and a soak method though black eyed peas cook faster then your tpyical legume. I rinse a bag of dried peas, add peas and water to the crockpot with 1/2 an onion, pepper, and garlic salt (to season to taste). Cook on high for about three to four hours.

Steamed Cabbage
Chop up green leaf cabbage into chunks, add to a large pot with about 2 to 3 cups of water. Salt and pepper and cook on medium with a lid on throughout most of the cooking. Always check on the water level and keep at least an inch of water in the bottom of the pot at all times ~ with the exception of about the last few minutes of cooking.

Cornbread
I have one cornbread recipe that I use at all times (unless I am making a Mexican Cornbread). Today, it is the basic recipe! Yes I sent you link hopping for the recipe but it is to one of my other blogs! I LOVE this recipe. I can tell you it has been YEARS since I bought a prepackaged cornbread mix. ICK!

After dinner, I will come back and document with a picture of the spread. OH! I forgot! Hubby requested his favorite pie for dessert. (Well, Doodlebug helped with the suggestion!) Butterscotch pie!

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