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What Are You Planning For New Years Day?

Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 10:56 AM

For the New Year's Day meal, we always plan to include some type of pork product, something green and black eye peas for prosperity, luck and money. Last year I made braised pigs feet, a pot of mixed winter greens (kale, mustards, turnip greens cooked WITH corned pigs tails) and a pot of simmered dried black eyed peas, served in bowls with their juices.

This year, I'm away visiting my daughter and her boyfriend; she doesn't eat much pork with the exception of ribs and a pork chop, and she will eat pork BBQ when she can get it. He loves pork so I'm thinking this year, I'll put a pork shoulder on the grill and make pulled pork BBQ. For the sides, maybe spinach cooked with garlic and olive oil and fried okra for the daughter. Black eyed pea salad and hushpuppies.

What do you have planned for your New Year's Day meal (or New Year's Eve, if that's your day) ?

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  1. foodieX2 RE: Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 11:16 AM

    I will have a big pot of french onion soup simmering on the back of the stove, some homemade baguettes and shredded gruyere for topping the soup. I'll also make some kind of light/fresh salad, most likely with endive and fennel.

    Not sure what I am going to make for NYE, entertaining the idea of a meet and a cheese fondue since we didn't do it xmas eve,

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      Springhaze2 RE: foodieX2 Dec 26, 2013 01:53 PM

      I think you just helped me decide what to do with the beef broth that I am making from the leftover prime rib bones and roasted short ribs . Thanks for the inspiration! A nice salad, homemade bread..

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        foodieX2 RE: Springhaze2 Dec 26, 2013 02:44 PM

        Glad to help! ;)

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          fldhkybnva RE: Springhaze2 Dec 26, 2013 04:45 PM

          oops, error post

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          foodieX2 RE: foodieX2 Jan 1, 2014 02:16 PM

          Well the week got away from me so no soup today. Instead I decided to head to WF to get some kind meat to roast, leaning towards lamb or a rib eye roast but the place was packed! Ended up with some wild salmon which I'll serve on a bed of spicy sautéed leeks and spinach.

          Happy New Year everyone!

        3. ChefJune RE: Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 11:37 AM

          My New Year's Day menu is written in blood... ;) Made the same thing for years.... Hoppin' John, collards with ham hocks (but not overcooked), and corn bread. The only thing that varies is dessert. Still haven't decided on that one yet.

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            MsMaryMc RE: ChefJune Dec 26, 2013 08:17 PM

            Mostly the same here. I've never developed a taste for collard greens, but the Hoppin' John (simmered with the ham hock that's been in the freezer since we finished the Thanksgiving ham) and cornbread are standards here, too. I'll probably make a pork chop for my husband, who can't sit down to a dinner without a big hunk of meat on his plate--but the Hoppin' John and cornbread are all I need!

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              c oliver RE: MsMaryMc Dec 26, 2013 08:21 PM

              I need collards with my BEPs and rice. The rest is 'gravy; :)

          2. weezieduzzit RE: Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 11:47 AM

            Black eyed peas cooked with ham hocks (I like the smoky flavor it gives without having to bite into any pork pieces,) and greens (kale and chard from the garden,) for sure. I'm still undecided on the meat.

            I was thinkin' ahead and bought the dried B.E.P. and ham hocks when I did my Christmas grocery shopping, they can be VERY hard to find around here the weekend between the two holidays.

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              Kelli2006 RE: Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 12:05 PM

              Roast pork and 'kraut.

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                pine time RE: Kelli2006 Dec 27, 2013 07:27 AM

                This was our traditional New Year's meal, growing up. For over 30 years, I've tried to convince Mr P that pork and 'kraut are delicious together. This year, I give up. He wants steak.

              2. juliejulez RE: Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 12:21 PM

                I'm going to do a slow cooker Bolognese with my new slow cooker. I also plan on making fresh pasta... haven't decided what kind yet, maybe tagliatelle. Haven't really decided on the rest yet... maybe garlic bread?

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                  Cherylptw RE: juliejulez Dec 26, 2013 04:28 PM

                  Definately garlic bread IMO

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                    c oliver RE: juliejulez Dec 26, 2013 04:37 PM

                    How does one do a Bolognese in a slow cooker? Color me confused ::)

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                      MamasCooking RE: c oliver Dec 26, 2013 06:51 PM

                      Really? Why is that confusing?

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                        c oliver RE: MamasCooking Dec 26, 2013 06:56 PM

                        http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/mem...

                        Please read this recipe, which is the one I do, and tell me how it can be done in a slow cooker. And, if not this recipe, then please link to a recipe for Bolognese sauce that CAN be done in one. Thanks.

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                          MamasCooking RE: c oliver Dec 26, 2013 08:00 PM

                          I think you are obviously capable of Googling slow cooker Bolognese yourself. As far as reading the recipe you linked to I might look at it if I have time but not a high priority:) Thanks for taking all of that time to respond and post it though.

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                            c oliver RE: MamasCooking Dec 26, 2013 08:17 PM

                            Okay. So please give me YOUR recipe for slow cooker Bolognese. There are many steps to a Bolognese recipe and I don't think those steps are compatible with a slow cooker. But I'm completely open to learning what you do.

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                              MamasCooking RE: c oliver Dec 26, 2013 10:04 PM

                              I rarely consume beef. Maybe four times a year. I don't prepare those rich heavy types of sauces/meals for myself and it is not something I would order if dining out. Go ahead and Google Slowcooker Bolognese sauces. I did:)

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                                c oliver RE: MamasCooking Dec 27, 2013 07:50 AM

                                I did Google one and it kinda answered my question. It's actually assembled on the stovetop and then transferred to the slow cooker. And the recipe I did look at sounded pretty marginal. No wine, high heat, etc. I make a 5X batch a couple of times a year and freeze in portions. Since you don't make it, you may not realize what a good one really tastes like.

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                                  coll RE: c oliver Dec 27, 2013 12:58 PM

                                  But since you don't make the crockpot one, you also may not realize how good it might be. Try it first and give us a report, comparing the two.

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                                    c oliver RE: coll Dec 27, 2013 01:50 PM

                                    coll, with all due respect, I'm sticking with the Hazan version. I actually use my slow cooker for very little 'real' cooking as I find it not sensitive enough. But that doesn't mean that it can't be good. I just plan on spending the day at home (which I do anyway being retired and having lots of free time) a couple of times a year.

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                                      coll RE: c oliver Dec 27, 2013 03:14 PM

                                      Of course you should stick with one you like. Just that I have yet to find Bolognese that blows me away. Not that I'm searching frantically.

                                      I don't do much cooking with my crockpot but won't discount it until I try it.

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                                    MamasCooking RE: c oliver Dec 27, 2013 04:05 PM

                                    I have had it at a friend's house quite a few years ago when I was younger and could consume luxurious rich foods. It was superb and addicting.

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                                      Jerseygirl111 RE: MamasCooking Dec 30, 2013 05:12 PM

                                      Holy Geez.

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                              DebinIndiana RE: c oliver Dec 31, 2013 09:49 AM

                              So funny, because I just used my mom's slow cooker to finish off this very recipe.

                              I'm visiting, and I bought all the ingredients needed to make a big batch, and freeze some for her to use later. Started on the stove, but knew that her cast iron chicken fryer was not big enough, so I used the slow cooker after browning meat and adding milk. It worked a charm.

                              She has a good slow-cooker, though. Might not work with all slow cookers.

                              By the way, the method of starting a dish on the stovetop and then completing it in the crockpot must be pretty common -- I do it with most meat dishes.

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                                c oliver RE: DebinIndiana Dec 31, 2013 01:39 PM

                                When I first mentioned this, I thought people were cooking the whole thing in the SC. I wouldn't be able to do even the final cooking as mine won't cook slow enough to accomplish this: "turn heat down so that sauce cooks at the laziest of simmers, with just an intermittent bubble breaking through the surface.'

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                            juliejulez RE: c oliver Dec 27, 2013 11:19 AM

                            This is the recipe I'm planning on trying out http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recip... The reviews look pretty good.

                            It does require some "pre-assembly" work on the stove, but that's OK since I'm home all day. The slow cooker I received for Christmas has a metal insert for using on the stovetop to brown meat etc, so I could theoretically do all the stove work in that and then pop into the cooker to simmer all day. I don't really see how it's much different than using the stovetop.

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                              mariacarmen RE: juliejulez Dec 29, 2013 09:18 PM

                              i am sure it will be delicious julie!

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                            alkapal RE: juliejulez Dec 27, 2013 04:46 AM

                            papardelle is my favorite with the bolognese.

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                              KrumTx RE: juliejulez Dec 27, 2013 10:32 AM

                              Julie,

                              Please try your Bolognese recipe and report back. I know Cook's Illustrated has a version.

                              I use my slow cooker every Sunday during the winter months, usually for chili, soups, or tomato sauces.

                              Happy New Year!

                              ETA: with all respect to coliver, don't let someone yuck on your yum before you've even tried the goddamn recipe. Cooking with a slow cooker takes trial and error.

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                                c oliver RE: KrumTx Dec 27, 2013 11:00 AM

                                Krum, Hazan's was the first I ever made and I think it's perfection in a sauce. Not yucking at all. Aren't there any things that you just don't tinker with. Maybe not. And when I DO make it, I make SO much that it really is hours and hours. I don't make it for convenience :)

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                                  KrumTx RE: c oliver Dec 27, 2013 11:13 AM

                                  Yeah, I know. I'm just being nostalgic about being in my 20s with a new appliance and new recipe, I suppose.

                                  No foul intended.

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                                    juliejulez RE: c oliver Dec 27, 2013 11:22 AM

                                    I'm mainly trying it out so I can 1) try out the new slow cooker 2) find a recipe I can make often. My time is usually pretty limited so a recipe that takes hours of babysitting isn't something I can do very often. So, if this works out, I can add it to my repertoire of things I can make more than once a year.

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                                      foodieX2 RE: juliejulez Dec 27, 2013 11:48 AM

                                      and that truly is the beauty of a slow cooker! Many things that took me all day to make no longer have to be an all day affair. Does it match Hazan’s classic? Most likely no but if you can make a wonderful sauce, one you can make from good quality ingredients and make often while still having a work/life balance? That alone makes it worth it!

                                      There are many dishes I still do the “old fashioned way” but that doesn’t stop me from trying versions of these same dishes other ways-be it the slow cooker, the microwave or using a few readymade components.

                                      And as Krum noted a slow cooker is like anything else-trial and error. My first attempt at any dish is rarely as good as when I am experienced in making it

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                                        Wtg2Retire RE: foodieX2 Dec 27, 2013 04:08 PM

                                        Personally, my family does not care for the Hazan classic. Not everyone loves all of her recipes.

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                                      coll RE: c oliver Dec 27, 2013 01:00 PM

                                      And I tried the Hazan recipe and was not blown away. I myself would be interested in another version, so nice to have choices.

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                                        linguafood RE: coll Dec 27, 2013 01:10 PM

                                        Yah, I thought the Hazan was a bit of a letdown, too.

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                                          c oliver RE: linguafood Dec 27, 2013 01:51 PM

                                          coll and lingua, what recipes do you favor?

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                                            linguafood RE: c oliver Dec 27, 2013 01:57 PM

                                            I don't cook by recipes for the most part. I use them as a general base for ingredient information and sometimes cooking times. But that's about it.

                                            I've made more satisfying bolognese sauce by throwing stuff together (don't tell anyone... it includes a good amount of tomato paste).

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                                              c oliver RE: linguafood Dec 27, 2013 02:00 PM

                                              I'm just not good enough a cook for that generally. I'm definitely a recipe follower.

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                                                linguafood RE: c oliver Dec 27, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                Eh, don't sell yerself short. Most things are pretty easy to make, especially if one has a good nose and tastebuds, as well as basic knowledge of ingredients and cooking techniques, i.e. experience. I'm sure you are quite capable.

                                                I just don't like following directions much :-)

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                                                  c oliver RE: linguafood Dec 27, 2013 02:08 PM

                                                  Guess what? I rarely speed in my car either :) I don't know. I figure those folks (cookbook authors) get paid the big bucks and I should pay attention. I'm sure there must be a thread about this :)

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                                                    linguafood RE: c oliver Dec 27, 2013 02:15 PM

                                                    I do speed sometimes, but then I'm a pretty great driver.

                                                    I just can't be bothered to look up a recipe for, say, piccata or any other dish I've made umpteen times. I might look at a recipe once to get a basic idea, but I take it from there.

                                                    Tons of folks get paid big money for the things they do. That doesn't necessary equal quality.

                                                    I can count the number of *actual* recipes I use on one hand. Caesar dressing is one of them, as I've found a great one on the interwebs, caponata is another. But I think I even tweaked those to my liking.

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                                                      MamasCooking RE: c oliver Dec 27, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                      HaHa about not speeding in your car. I do if I don't pay attention but I am methodical about details so I pretty much follow recipes unless it is something I have been cooking for years. I have a list of several foods I want to try and cook in 2014 and one is Beef Wellington. I think I will add the Bolognese sauce to the list too.

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                                                  scubadoo97 RE: linguafood Dec 29, 2013 07:53 PM

                                                  Mmmm... Sounds familiar.
                                                  Pretty much sums up my approach

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                                                DowntownJosie RE: linguafood Dec 27, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                After having made many bologneses I too have come to the conclusion that I do not like it as we'll.I like my sauce with more tomatoes. This one is my tried and true meat sauce.
                                                http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/pa...

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                                                  linguafood RE: DowntownJosie Dec 27, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                  That sounds and looks fab. I might have to have pasta again soon! All that talk about bolognese.

                                                  Damn you, 'hounds! '-D

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                                                    c oliver RE: linguafood Dec 27, 2013 02:29 PM

                                                    I'm completely out of the sauce so that's on my list. And then, of course, I have to make here green lasagna. Sooo good. And, yeah, dammit, I follow the instructions :)

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                                                      DowntownJosie RE: c oliver Dec 27, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                      I love this short rib and porcini lasagna, just as delicious and time consuming as MH.
                                                      http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/sh...

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                                                    laliz RE: DowntownJosie Dec 31, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                    Thanks for the recipe. I'm going to make it!

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                                                    biondanonima RE: linguafood Dec 27, 2013 05:55 PM

                                                    I'll third not being blown away by the Hazan version. I made a Batali version (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ma... ) and the Hazan recipe side-by-side one day, and both DH and I preferred Batali, although we did think that the Hazan recipe (which was substantially more acidic due to a higher proportion of tomato and wine) might work well in lasagne since it would stand up well to the creaminess of the bechamel. However, we keep going back to Batali, over and over. We also tried the Lynn Rosetto Kasper recipe from Splendid Table and found it much less to our tastes than the Batali.

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                                                      linguafood RE: biondanonima Dec 27, 2013 06:19 PM

                                                      OK, now I'm positively confused. I thought traditional bolognese sauce was made *without* tomatoes -- just meat, wine, milk? Cuz that's the recipe I've been thinking of, and it's clearly not the Hazan recipe......

                                                      I'm pretty sure I saw it here on CH at some point.

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                                                        biondanonima RE: linguafood Dec 28, 2013 06:37 AM

                                                        As I understand it, traditional Bolognese is a meat sauce that is flavored with a small amount of tomato, either in the form of paste, sauce or crushed/whole tomatoes. I prefer sauces made with tomato paste, because to me they seem to have a meatier flavor with more umami, whereas those made with whole tomatoes are more acidic and taste more like a tomato sauce with meat (which I certainly enjoy, but that's not what I want when I want Bolognese!).

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                                                          alkapal RE: biondanonima Dec 28, 2013 06:58 AM

                                                          i remember a sara moulton show where she had two prominent italian chefs making the "real" bolognese --and each had a completely different recipe. it was fun to watch their rivalry, and they were very serious about which recipe was "true bolognese." LOL.

                                                          i'm sure someone here will recall who the two men were.

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                                                        Berheenia RE: biondanonima Dec 30, 2013 05:42 AM

                                                        I like that Batali version. Think I'll try it. This is our usual, a knock off from CI.
                                                        http://365clevercookbooks.wordpress.c...

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                                                      Jerseygirl111 RE: coll Dec 30, 2013 05:14 PM

                                                      My husband LOVES the Hazan recipe. I don't like bolognese regardless. Something in the texture...

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                                                        coll RE: Jerseygirl111 Dec 31, 2013 05:29 AM

                                                        I once had Bolognese at a very nice restaurant, as the guest of an expert on Italian cooking, and the dish was sublime. He told me it tasted like filet mignon, which is what he found used in Italy quite often, and when he inquired they confirmed he was right. If I ever try making it again, I will make a point NOT to use chop meat.

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                                                          c oliver RE: coll Dec 31, 2013 08:08 AM

                                                          What is "chop meat" please?

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                                                            foodieX2 RE: c oliver Dec 31, 2013 09:01 AM

                                                            a term for ground beef

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                                                              coll RE: foodieX2 Dec 31, 2013 09:08 AM

                                                              Thank you!

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                                                                c oliver RE: foodieX2 Dec 31, 2013 09:17 AM

                                                                But wouldn't one USE ground meat for it? If not, then what?

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                                                                  coll RE: c oliver Dec 31, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                  You USE ground meat, I USE chop meat; let's call the whole thing off ;-)

                                                                  http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=l...

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                                                                    c oliver RE: coll Dec 31, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                    Please explain. You said you would not use "chop meat" which was then explained by foodieX2 as meaning ground meat. Don't you make it with ground meat?

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                                                                      linguafood RE: c oliver Dec 31, 2013 02:37 PM

                                                                      They're one and the same, is what people are trying to say. Except for this particular restaurant, it appears that they used ground/chop filet mignon.

                                                                      Yes?

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                                                                        c oliver RE: linguafood Dec 31, 2013 03:00 PM

                                                                        Well, that's what I think. But then coll said " I will make a point NOT to use chop meat." So I truly don't know what the hell :)

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                                                                          linguafood RE: c oliver Jan 1, 2014 01:42 PM

                                                                          Ground beef from the supermarket.

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                                                                            c oliver RE: linguafood Jan 1, 2014 02:34 PM

                                                                            I obviously missed the fact that she grinds her meat also.

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                                                      juliejulez RE: KrumTx Dec 27, 2013 01:48 PM

                                                      Thanks, I will report back!

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                                                        Berheenia RE: KrumTx Jan 2, 2014 05:23 AM

                                                        I posted the CI down thread. Fussy but worth it IMHO

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                                                        atomicpurple RE: juliejulez Dec 30, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                        I'm so not a cook, but I'm trying, so please ignore the stupidity of this question (and this sounds good, too)...

                                                        When making this do you really not drain the grease from the meats first? That sounds kind of unappealing.

                                                        Thanks, Will

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                                                          coll RE: atomicpurple Dec 31, 2013 05:34 AM

                                                          I would be sure to get the leanest beef, or even use some chopped veal or pork. Or as I noted about, filet mignon or another type of home ground beef. When I made it on the stovetop, I found you DO need a bit more grease than usual, but if you got 70/30 chop meat I don't think it would be very appetizing.

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                                                            biondanonima RE: atomicpurple Dec 31, 2013 06:04 AM

                                                            I don't drain the grease from the meats, but I do use fairly lean beef/pork/veal mince. Also, I make a couple of small changes to the Batali recipe I use - he calls for 8 tablespoons of oil/butter in addition to the meat fat, and there is a quarter pound of bacon/pancetta involved as well, which is quite fatty. What I do is render the bacon in just a bit of oil/butter to start, then saute the vegetables in that fat, rather than adding all the oil/butter he calls for and adding the unrendered bacon later as suggested.

                                                            For me, this amount of fat works perfectly for sweating the veg and I don't find the finished product greasy at all.

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                                                              c oliver RE: biondanonima Dec 31, 2013 08:11 AM

                                                              I think B sauce is supposed to be pretty "fatty." I use chuck or pork shoulder both of which have plenty of fat on them.

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                                                                biondanonima RE: c oliver Dec 31, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                                It is supposed to be rich, but with the bacon in the Batali version, I find that there is plenty of fat if you render it out (and don't drain it) while still using lean mince (although I never buy anything leaner than 85/15, so I guess "lean" is a relative term).

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                                                              juliejulez RE: atomicpurple Jan 1, 2014 07:28 PM

                                                              The grease came to the top while cooking, so I just skimmed it off with a spoon like the recipe said, right before serving. I used 88% lean ground beef.

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                                                              juliejulez RE: juliejulez Jan 1, 2014 07:27 PM

                                                              Just finished eating. I really liked the cooking method.... started it at 10am before heading out to watch a hockey game and go furniture shopping, came home and it was still lightly simmering away.

                                                              As for the recipe itself, it was a bit meh. Needed more flavor. I didn't use ground pork, just all ground beef, because I didn't have the ground pork I thought I had in the freezer. I think this would be good with at least part italian sausage like someone in the comments suggested.

                                                              I'll still freeze the extras, it'll probably still be good in lasagna, with the addition of some more seasoning or sausage.

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                                                                Berheenia RE: juliejulez Jan 2, 2014 05:26 AM

                                                                I have a rescue for you - a jar of Arabiata Sauce. Last winter we made a very bland batch of bolognese and ended up mixing the remains with the Trader Joe's Arabiata Sauce that our friends had recommended but was "too spicy" for Mr. B. A match made in heaven.

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                                                                  alkapal RE: Berheenia Jan 2, 2014 08:12 AM

                                                                  i didn't realize trader joe's made an arabiata sauce. i'll look for it.

                                                                  julie - for the bolognese "meh"ness -- add salt to a small portion in a bowl to see if that helps. i'd also try fish sauce -- me, the heretic!

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                                                                    grayelf RE: alkapal Jan 2, 2014 07:29 PM

                                                                    Huge plus one on adding fish sauce to spag bol. We do it all the time. Secret ingredient!

                                                                2. re: juliejulez
                                                                  Breadcrumbs RE: juliejulez Jan 2, 2014 05:57 AM

                                                                  Sorry this didn't wow you julie. I took a look at the recipe you shared and 1/2tsp of thyme isn't a lot of seasoning for a large pot of bolognese. If you have some leftover, you might try brightening the flavours by tossing in some chopped fresh herbs. I usually finish mine with a handful of fresh basil and Italian parsley. Also, I find the saltiness of freshly grated parmesan brings out the earthy flavours of the dish. It might be worth stirring in a handful of that as well prior to serving.

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                                                                    Berheenia RE: Breadcrumbs Jan 2, 2014 08:41 AM

                                                                    When we made our meh sauce it was after a marathon week of entertaining a crowd. I had bought some mirapoix from Trader Joe's and we used the rest of it in the Bolognese. It was the only culprit in our tried and true recipe - it was probably beyond it's sell by date.

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                                                                      juliejulez RE: Breadcrumbs Jan 2, 2014 10:47 AM

                                                                      Yeah I definitely will be adding fresh herbs when I use it again. I didn't actually have any dried thyme so I did dried italian seasoning instead, but still... it did seem like such a small amount. The parmesan is a great idea too... I sprinkled some on top but adding it into the sauce would be good.

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                                                                      biondanonima RE: juliejulez Jan 2, 2014 08:08 AM

                                                                      Bummer about the bland sauce but I'm sure it's salvageable. If you decide to try another recipe, I would choose one that uses milk instead of heavy cream. I made the Lynn Rosetto Kasper recipe a while back, and it called for cream - I felt like the dairy fat overwhelmed EVERYTHING else and just made the whole thing very blah, even though there were plenty of tasty ingredients in it.

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                                                                        alkapal RE: biondanonima Jan 2, 2014 08:26 AM

                                                                        SAME ISSUE with murgh makhani (Butter Chicken)-- the cream dulls the spices. that's why yogurt is used to cool the palate.

                                                                        if you want creamy AND spicy, one needs to really ramp up the spice level.

                                                                        1. re: alkapal
                                                                          biondanonima RE: alkapal Jan 2, 2014 08:46 AM

                                                                          Yes, this happens in a lot of Indian recipes. Heavy cream is listed as a sub for khoya (whole milk solids) in a lot of recipes/cookbooks, but I don't care for it - it dulls the flavors, whereas the khoya brings richness without all the tongue-coating fat. There are plenty of Indian dishes I thought I didn't care for (because they were too bland) until I had them made with khoya.

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                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: biondanonima Jan 2, 2014 12:29 PM

                                                                            Is khoya similar to Turkish keimak? Like yogurt butterfat?

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                                                                              biondanonima RE: ChristinaMason Jan 2, 2014 01:04 PM

                                                                              I don't know that I've ever had keimak, so I'm not sure. Khoya is basically SUPER evaporated milk - you start with whole milk and just boil it until all you have left is a ball of sticky solids, kind of the texture of silly putty. It's very rich and nutty tasting, not at all tangy (the way I would expect a yogurt product to be).

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                                                                        foodieX2 RE: juliejulez Jan 2, 2014 08:25 AM

                                                                        thats too bad! Lasagna with sausage sounds like a good choice.

                                                                    3. FoodWacky RE: Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                      New Year's Day will be a baking day for me! Planning to make some Greek Tsoureki bread (yes, I do know it's not Easter!), and maybe a batch or two of Koulouraki!

                                                                      Happy New Year everybody!

                                                                      1. linguafood RE: Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 12:47 PM

                                                                        That really depends on how crazy NYE will be. I am predicting a grilled cheese, aspirin & lots of water will do the trick :-D

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                                                                          linguafood RE: linguafood Jan 2, 2014 08:53 AM

                                                                          For those of you who are also on the WFD thread, you already know what happened. Not even a grilled cheese was in the cards for most of the day.

                                                                          So I had a "wonderful" afternoon of sipping ginger ale & staring at the bedroom wall.

                                                                          Dinner was a rejuvenating bowl of rich braised beef noodle soup. For some reason, that's the only thing I can have when I'm hungover, and it really cures the baddies.

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                                                                          WishyFish RE: Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 12:49 PM

                                                                          Tamales. :D

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                                                                            sweetpotater RE: Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 01:23 PM

                                                                            January 1 is my birthday, and I usually have people over for a casual gathering and do one of the following:

                                                                            —a few soups on the stove and bread and a salad
                                                                            —a few types of sauce on the stove for pasta, and a salad
                                                                            —DIY grilled cheese bar and a pot of tomato soup

                                                                            However, this year on the menu is a flight out of the Seattle chill and into Palm Springs.

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                                                                              boyzoma RE: sweetpotater Dec 26, 2013 01:45 PM

                                                                              Happy Birthday in advance, sweetpotater. Sounds like a winner for dinner! Enjoy!

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                                                                                boyzoma RE: sweetpotater Dec 26, 2013 01:51 PM

                                                                                Glazed Ham (Ok, Ok, I admit is is a Costco bone-in spiral cut, but bone is going for soup later in the week); Roasted Garlic, Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes; glazed carrots or squash (can't decide which yet), and DH wants candied yams (he always hated them until I made them - now he loves them).

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                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: boyzoma Dec 26, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                                  What's your recipe for yams?

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                                                                                    boyzoma RE: fldhkybnva Dec 26, 2013 05:43 PM

                                                                                    The easy peasy way. One LG can of drained canned yams, mixed in with a good "dollop" of melted butter, a splash of Karo syrup and some brown sugar all mixed together. Then baked about 1/2 hour at about 350. (LOL, marshmallow's optional). Hey - not a cook's dream, but he likes them, so whatever.

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                                                                                  Berheenia RE: sweetpotater Jan 2, 2014 05:29 AM

                                                                                  Happy birthday! Some friends just had their first baby yesterday- what a great day for a Birthday- party every year somewhere!

                                                                                3. Gio RE: Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 01:38 PM

                                                                                  Because past NYEs used be Chinese take-away over-load, not to mention libations, New Year's Day was some kind of soup. Although now we make our own Chinese and other Asian food we held to the soup menu. Sometimes lentils, sometimes winter minestrone, sometimes just a lovely chicken and rice. Haven't decided what yet, but I better hurry because Saturday is shopping day. But it will be soup, crusty bread, simple tossed salad.

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                                                                                    alkapal RE: Gio Dec 27, 2013 04:45 AM

                                                                                    i have an idea for a soup: mulligatawny. it is perfect to warm one's bones with its spicy, satisfying savor.

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                                                                                      Gio RE: alkapal Dec 27, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                                      Thanks alka! I haven't made Mulligatawny for years. I'll have to search my cookbook collection for a recipe we'll like. Happy New Year!

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                                                                                        tcamp RE: Gio Dec 31, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                                                        If you haven't found one yet, try this, from here on Chowhound but I didn't copy name of poster. It is delicious; I usually add more chilis than called for cuz I like it hot:

                                                                                        Mulligatawny Soup

                                                                                        • 2 tablespoon ghee or canola oil
                                                                                        • 1 large onion, chopped
                                                                                        • 3 tablespoon fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
                                                                                        • 1 jalapeõ chile, stemmed, seeded and chopped
                                                                                        • 1 tablespoon ground corriander
                                                                                        • 6 clove garlic, chopped
                                                                                        • 2 tablespoon ground cumin
                                                                                        • 1 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
                                                                                        • 1/4 cup all purpose or garbanzo flour
                                                                                        • 1 3/4 cup red lentils
                                                                                        • 9 cup chicken stock
                                                                                        • 3 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
                                                                                        • 1 cup low-fat unsweetened coconut milk
                                                                                        • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
                                                                                        • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
                                                                                        • freshly ground pepper

                                                                                        Directions:

                                                                                        1. Heat the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, ginger and jalapeño and cook, stirring, until browned, about 12 minutes. Lower the heat to medium, stir in the garlic, coriander, cumin and turmeric. Cook until fragrant, stirring, for 45 seconds. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute more.

                                                                                        2. Pour in about 2 cups of broth and cook with the veggie until they're soft. Using a stick blender, whirl until as smooth as possible. Add the rest of the broth and bring to a boil while whisking constantly. Add the lentils to the thickened broth, lower the heat and simmer, covered, until very tender, about 45 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool a bit.

                                                                                        3. When the lentil mixture has cooled some, puree until smooth using an immersion blender. Stir in the cilantro. Return to the heat and bring back to a medium temperature.

                                                                                        4. Whisk in the coconut milk, lemon juice, and salt. Season to taste with pepper.

                                                                                        Notes:

                                                                                        I don't grate the ginger. I peel it and cut thin slices across the fibers.

                                                                                        I prefer my soup with a little texture so I add only enough chicken broth to the aromatics to get a thick liquid that I purée to liquify the jalapeño and ginger root. Once that's done, I continue adding the broth and cooking the lentils. I cook the lentils until they are very soft and beginning to fall apart on their own so I end up with a thick soup with pieces of lentil. Then I add the cilantro and lemon juice.

                                                                                        1. re: tcamp
                                                                                          alkapal RE: tcamp Jan 1, 2014 07:09 AM

                                                                                          that sounds really good! thanks for sharing the recipe.

                                                                                    2. re: Gio
                                                                                      steve h. RE: Gio Dec 31, 2013 04:18 PM

                                                                                      nice avatar.

                                                                                    3. coll RE: Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 01:57 PM

                                                                                      Beef Wellington, for the first time, because:
                                                                                      1) I have a PSMO in the freezer
                                                                                      2) I have an old box of phyllo in the freezer that has to go
                                                                                      3 I have a bunch of Three Pigs Pate and some heavy cream to get rid of asap
                                                                                      and 4) the recipe I have calls for prosciutto too, and I have sliced capocola and soppressata on hand from yesterday, which I can sub.

                                                                                      Starting off the New Year with a zero cost meal plus crossing a bunch of things off the food storage list seems like a good omen to me!

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                                                                                      1. re: coll
                                                                                        c oliver RE: coll Dec 26, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                                                        Is this a PSMO?

                                                                                        http://www.thekitchn.com/post-51-88458

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                                                                                          coll RE: c oliver Dec 26, 2013 06:21 PM

                                                                                          It's a filet mignon that is "peeled" and ready to go. I did mine myself, but you can buy it that way for a couple of bucks more per lb.

                                                                                        2. re: coll
                                                                                          alkapal RE: coll Dec 27, 2013 04:43 AM

                                                                                          you need some mushrooms and shallots for the duxelles…
                                                                                          and some madeira sauce.
                                                                                          mmmmmm.
                                                                                          i adore beef wellington!

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                                                                                            coll RE: alkapal Dec 27, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                            That sounds perfect, I didn't think of sauce. Thanks!

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                                                                                              alkapal RE: coll Dec 28, 2013 06:50 AM

                                                                                              i've gotta have the sauce to counter the richness of the meat, pastry and paté. mmm mmmm mmmm.

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                                                                                                coll RE: alkapal Dec 28, 2013 06:54 AM

                                                                                                I'm off to look up a recipe, unless you have a favorite?

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                                                                                                  alkapal RE: coll Dec 30, 2013 06:22 AM

                                                                                                  i prefer the simpler ones, like this: http://chef.pct.edu/recipes/viewrecip...

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                                                                                                    coll RE: alkapal Dec 30, 2013 07:46 AM

                                                                                                    Thanks, I was almost thinking of using some leftover beef gravy I have in the freezer, but even if I do I will jazz it up now. A little sherry, mushrooms and shallots, can hardly wait!

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                                                                                                      alkapal RE: coll Dec 30, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                                      shallots and the booze are the key

                                                                                                      long simmer with the shallots in the butter for me.

                                                                                                      also, a great deal with port sauce for pork….

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                                                                                                        coll RE: alkapal Dec 30, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                                                        Only 48 hours away!

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                                                                                          wineos RE: Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 03:12 PM

                                                                                          I am planning to make spicy cajun red bean and rice soup with andouille sausage (first time) and a side of corn bread.

                                                                                          1. fldhkybnva RE: Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                                            I learned a lesson in simplicity this Christmas, so New Year's dinner will be the same. For New Year's Eve, there will be prime rib roast, roasted potatoes, creamed spinach for SO and sauteed green beans for me. New Year's Day will likely be roast turkey (want to roast and freeze for the next few months) with collard greens and black eyed peas. Both days there will be nibbles - deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms, shrimp cocktail, and others I haven't decided on.

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                                                                                              Cherylptw RE: fldhkybnva Dec 26, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                                              All things that I love....sounds good!

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                                                                                                sueatmo RE: fldhkybnva Dec 26, 2013 09:12 PM

                                                                                                Deviled eggs and stuffed mushrooms. Good ideas for grazing.

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                                                                                                  JonParker RE: sueatmo Dec 30, 2013 05:01 AM

                                                                                                  Deviled egg pro tip: while a couple of eggshells are good for your disposal, 24 at one time will clog it to the point that professional intervention is required.

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                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: JonParker Dec 30, 2013 10:16 AM

                                                                                                    Do you have a favorite recipe?

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                                                                                                sueatmo RE: Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 04:50 PM

                                                                                                I intend to make black eyed peas. I don't make them on New Year's Day because that is the way I was raised or anything. I think it is a nice tradition, and I just do like black eyed peas.

                                                                                                I think I need to find some interesting way to fix them. But even if I don't, they are always taste good to me.

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                                                                                                  alkapal RE: sueatmo Dec 27, 2013 04:38 AM

                                                                                                  my fave way for black eyed peas lately is a room-temp cowboy caviar…adding to the peas a container of store-bought fresh pico de gallo, lime juice and/or rice wine vinegar, chopped bell peppers (all colors), cilantro, jalapeños, chopped red onion and green onions, salt and pepper. i don't use corn, but some people do add it. oops, i almost forgot the couple of hefty shots of cholula original, chili-garlic or chili-lime. (love me some cholula -- it is my go-to "hot" sauce). the thing about this dish is that it is guilt-free. (some may add a dash of evoo, but i don't think it needs it).

                                                                                                  on the other hand, for a cold new year's day, i probably need to have my mom's old standard hot black eyed peas made with a ham hock or bacon (less greasy), with some buttermilk cornbread to sop up the pot liquor. to shake on top o the peas: texas pete's pepper vinegar and/or cholula.

                                                                                                  i could eat black eyed peas practically every day!

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                                                                                                    scubadoo97 RE: alkapal Dec 29, 2013 07:58 PM

                                                                                                    I've been doing a Texas caviar as well even though I like the traditional Hoppin John

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                                                                                                      alkapal RE: scubadoo97 Dec 30, 2013 06:23 AM

                                                                                                      i could be happy having both at the same meal! ;-).

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                                                                                                      tcamp RE: alkapal Dec 30, 2013 08:33 AM

                                                                                                      Sounds delicious and I believe I'll make some on NY's day.

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                                                                                                        c oliver RE: alkapal Dec 30, 2013 08:34 AM

                                                                                                        I especially love the chili-lime Cholula!

                                                                                                    3. Wtg2Retire RE: Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                                                      Ham
                                                                                                      Black Eyed Peas
                                                                                                      Turnip, Mustard, and Collard Greens
                                                                                                      Mac and Cheese
                                                                                                      Sweet Potatoes
                                                                                                      Pear Lime Jell-O
                                                                                                      Cornbread
                                                                                                      Iced Tea
                                                                                                      Pecan Pie

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                                                                                                        Cherylptw RE: Wtg2Retire Dec 26, 2013 05:10 PM

                                                                                                        OMG, I'd love to be a guest at your table...

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                                                                                                        Kontxesi RE: Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 06:56 PM

                                                                                                        We normally have a ham dinner for New Year's, but I was planning to hit the town for some peking duck this year. Not sure if it's going to happen now, though, so I'll need to work on alternate plans.

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                                                                                                          autumm RE: Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 09:36 PM

                                                                                                          Don't tell Mr Autumn, but Chinese take out from an allergy aware place. I'll be floating over to a site/working in a nearby suburb by a place which specializes in allergen friendly take out. I really miss good take out with a peanut allergic child.

                                                                                                          1. alkapal RE: Cherylptw Dec 27, 2013 04:33 AM

                                                                                                            collards, black eyed peas, cornbread
                                                                                                            booze.

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                                                                                                              ebmalon RE: Cherylptw Dec 27, 2013 04:45 AM

                                                                                                              Smoked pork shoulder, braised red cabbage, collards, and hoppin john. An olive oil and lemon curd cake for dessert. There will be a punch bowl with St Cecilia punch and board games with family and friends while everything cooks!

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                                                                                                                kariin RE: ebmalon Dec 27, 2013 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                St. Cecilia punch for real??

                                                                                                                where are you (generally) and are you serving 250?

                                                                                                                tell about the olive oil/lemon curd please.

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                                                                                                                  ebmalon RE: kariin Jan 31, 2014 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                  I'm in Georgia and we had 8 for dinner. Obviously enough punch was made to fill about half of my punch bowl and there was none left at the end of the day. I'd say on average each guest had about 4 - 4oz glasses of punch.

                                                                                                                  The olive oil cake is adapted from a recipe found on Williams Sonoma, I use a local lemon flavored olive oil instead of regular olive oil. The curd is a combination of similar recipes i've made over the years, made as you would for a lemon merangue pie only I add a bit of gelatin. Then I make a lemon mousse infused with a bit of rosemary and fold it into the curd. The cake is cut into 3" rounds (3 per person) and the curd/mousse is spread between each layer in an acetate form. They stand in the fridge over night and on the day each guest has a beautiful, individual layer cake.

                                                                                                              2. tcamp RE: Cherylptw Dec 27, 2013 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                Fasting? Feeling overfed this holiday season...

                                                                                                                In reality, probably make or go out for Korean soup.

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                                                                                                                  Harters RE: Cherylptw Dec 27, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                  Steak & salad. Very mustardy, lemony dressing for the leaves.

                                                                                                                  C'est tout.

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                                                                                                                    shaebones RE: Cherylptw Dec 27, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                    Hubs wants a repeat of Xmas Eve dinner. He's STILL lusting over that crown roast of pork.

                                                                                                                    1. Will Owen RE: Cherylptw Dec 27, 2013 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                      Our NY menu for about thirty years was choucroute garni and Hoppin' John, refined a couple of years ago by substituting stuffed cabbage rolls for some of the sausages in the choucroute. But with the other half of the household gone vegetarian, sauerkraut with massive amounts of pork just won't fly unless we were planning a large party, which we aren't. And fake sausages won't work either: they're okay for the first meal, but get kind of nasty as leftovers. So we'll stay with no-pork Hoppin' John – blackeyes with rice, flavored just with sautéed onion, salt and I think Aleppo pepper, plus some braised Tuscan kale or some other greens, and some gussied-up cornbread with cheese, green chiles and cream-style corn in the mix. And a bottle of something bubbly.

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                                                                                                                        c oliver RE: Will Owen Dec 27, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                        We were just talking this morning about New Year's dinner and it will likely be your namesake, Will Owen's pork shoulder, with Hoppin' John and collards. Thanks as always!

                                                                                                                      2. fracklefoodie RE: Cherylptw Dec 27, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                        Pork and sauerkraut used to be my tradition, but I've retired it in deference to my Scottish husband. Now we have steak pie with wild mushrooms, creamed peas, and neeps and tatties for New Year's dinner. A bit of shortbread and whisky as a nightcap.

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                                                                                                                          sisterfunkhaus RE: Cherylptw Dec 27, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                          I make a black eyed pea soup with greens, ham, and rice. I season it with Cajun type spices.

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                                                                                                                            alkapal RE: sisterfunkhaus Dec 28, 2013 06:46 AM

                                                                                                                            hey! good to see your post! i have made something like your soup once (sans rice) and it was delicious -- i think i had used some frozen cooked chopped collards, or mustard greens i'd fixed with rendered bacon, and then combined it with a good dose of my black eyed pea salad. it was very satisfying, indeed.

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                                                                                                                            DebinIndiana RE: Cherylptw Dec 27, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                            No corned beef and cabbage?

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                                                                                                                              coll RE: DebinIndiana Dec 27, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                              In about two and a half months ;-)

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                                                                                                                              speakhandsforme RE: Cherylptw Dec 28, 2013 12:54 AM

                                                                                                                              Black eyeds, of course. Slow cooked on the stove with a ham bone. Mustard greens (I prefer them to collards) slow braised, as strict tradition, with some kind of pork, probably more ham. And cornbread.

                                                                                                                              1. LaLa RE: Cherylptw Dec 29, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                Black eyed peas cooked with ham hock (Carolina gold rice will be there if anyone wants it)
                                                                                                                                Collard greens
                                                                                                                                Fried pork jowl
                                                                                                                                Pone of cornbread
                                                                                                                                Mac and cheese
                                                                                                                                We don't eat anything but pork because we are superstitious of chicken and beef on New Year's Day

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                                                                                                                                  c oliver RE: LaLa Dec 29, 2013 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                  Love your menu. Tell me about this superstition please :)

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                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: c oliver Dec 29, 2013 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                    From what I've heard no lobster or chicken - lobsters move backwards and chickens scratch backwards. I'm interested to hear about the beef superstition.

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                                                                                                                                      c oliver RE: fldhkybnva Dec 29, 2013 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                      I can't wait to hear more!!!!! I grew up in the South and love these stories.

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                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: LaLa Dec 30, 2013 06:23 AM

                                                                                                                                    corn pone -- YES, YES, YES!

                                                                                                                                  3. Uncle Bob RE: Cherylptw Dec 30, 2013 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                                    Black-eye peas of course. Seasoned well with jowl, onions etc, and smoked ham scraps from the Christmas ham. ~~
                                                                                                                                    A big pot of fresh mustard and turnip greens from the garden with turnip roots added at the end. Seasoned with bacon, and little ham and/or tasso ~~ Rice will either be in the form of a dirty rice. Possibly a 'Jam'. Have to see which way the wind is blowing. ~~ Pone of cornbread made with stone ground yellow meal. ~~ D-Zert, buttermilk pie and coffee. ~~ Pretty simple and basic.

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                                                                                                                                      alkapal RE: Uncle Bob Dec 30, 2013 06:26 AM

                                                                                                                                      As usual, a perfect distillation of Southern New Year's Day good luck eatin'.

                                                                                                                                      Except, what is a "jam" for rice -- jambalaya?

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                                                                                                                                        Uncle Bob RE: alkapal Dec 30, 2013 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                        What can I say? I'm 100% southern to the bone!

                                                                                                                                        A "Jam" = Jambalaya.

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                                                                                                                                        Cherylptw RE: Uncle Bob Dec 30, 2013 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                                        As always, Uncle Bob, your menu makes my mouth water! May be basic but oh, so good!

                                                                                                                                      3. Breadcrumbs RE: Cherylptw Dec 30, 2013 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                        A meal inspired by traditions of the American South and mr bc's love of Italian food.

                                                                                                                                        Speidini all Romano to start - a recipe from one of my favourite new-to-me cookbooks of 2013, Carmines Family Style.

                                                                                                                                        Rigatoni with fennel sausage, braised collards and black-eyed peas for our main (a riff on a rigatoni w beans and broccoli recipe)

                                                                                                                                        Lots of good wine to wash things down too!!

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                                                                                                                                          c oliver RE: Breadcrumbs Dec 30, 2013 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                          I love the idea of the collards and BEPs (how I label them in the freezer) in with the pasta. That may be what I do.

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                                                                                                                                            c oliver RE: Breadcrumbs Dec 30, 2013 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                            Just bought what I need for this dish. Could you elaborate a bit please?

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                                                                                                                                              Breadcrumbs RE: c oliver Dec 31, 2013 06:33 AM

                                                                                                                                              Sure thing c.o! Normally I'd cook my broccoli in w the pasta but since the collards will take longer to cook, I'll boil them in advance. I plan on cutting mine into 2" x 1/4" strips and expect they'll need about 15 mins to cook.

                                                                                                                                              Here's what I do:

                                                                                                                                              - Sauté chopped garlic and onions
                                                                                                                                              - Add sausage - I use 3 links (approx 12 oz) of fennel sausage. I remove it from the casings and break it up into small pieces and brown in the pan.
                                                                                                                                              - Pour in 2 cups liquid (I'll use a combination of chx stock and white wine tomorrow but I've made this w water and that's fine as well
                                                                                                                                              - Boil the liquid until it reduces and blends w the pan juices
                                                                                                                                              - Stir in a couple of pats of butter and your cooked beans/peas
                                                                                                                                              - Add in the cooked collards to heat through prior to serving
                                                                                                                                              - Stir in chopped herbs of your choosing. I tend to go w basil and fennel fronds if I have them
                                                                                                                                              - Add the cooked pasta right before serving along with a couple of handfuls of grated parmesan or pecorino - I always reserve some pasta water just in case I need to loosen the mixture at this point.

                                                                                                                                              Enjoy & Happy New Year!

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                                                                                                                                                c oliver RE: Breadcrumbs Dec 31, 2013 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                You're the best!!!! I'm so loving this idea. Thanks for taking the time to do this, bc.

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                                                                                                                                                  c oliver RE: Breadcrumbs Jan 1, 2014 08:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Just finished dinner. A perfect dish. At one point we thought the rigatoni was never going to get done. But it all came together perfectly. Breadcrumbs, thank you so much. This will be part of our "rotation." WONDERFUL.

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                                                                                                                                                c oliver RE: Breadcrumbs Jan 2, 2014 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                Here's a picture! Lots of leftovers which is great. Thanks again.

                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                              3. tcamp RE: Cherylptw Dec 30, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                Ok, now that NY's Day is nearly upon us, my plans have jelled a bit more. We'll be visiting neighbors for an open house. I'm bring alkapal's cowboy caviar and doing a reprise of the coconut birthday cake I made last year.

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                                                                                                                                                  kjjr RE: Cherylptw Dec 30, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I found this good recipe last year on Epicurious for black eyed peas with shrimp. Will be doing that again since it was so delicious and a light meal after all the holiday indulgence. Plan also to bake focaccia with herbs. Then we'll eat up all the Christmas cookies and chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                  1. jmckee RE: Cherylptw Dec 31, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Black-eyed peas and collard greens, with smoked turkey wings and pork hocks. Buttermilk or sour cream cornbread.

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                                                                                                                                                      laliz RE: Cherylptw Dec 31, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Madras lentils w/brown rice

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                                                                                                                                                        pedalfaster RE: Cherylptw Jan 1, 2014 02:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I have (vegan) Hoppin-John-ish blackeyed peas on the stove.

                                                                                                                                                        Pretty much peas flavored with plenty of garlic and onion, tomato and kale added near the end. Will serve over brown rice with crusty French baguette and any "leftover" Champagne/sparkling wine. It may be the roaring fire that make the meal.

                                                                                                                                                        Hapyy 2014 everyone!

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                                                                                                                                                          rjbh20 RE: Cherylptw Jan 2, 2014 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Most of the usual NYD staples made an appearance -- midweek holiday kept the turnout down, so no new additions.

                                                                                                                                                          Sausage & biscuit
                                                                                                                                                          Stuffed shells
                                                                                                                                                          Cassoulet
                                                                                                                                                          Ham
                                                                                                                                                          Smoked turkey
                                                                                                                                                          Rosemary rolls
                                                                                                                                                          Pulled pork with Whole Hog Sauce
                                                                                                                                                          Blackeye peas & collards with smoked ham hock
                                                                                                                                                          Clam dip
                                                                                                                                                          Crudites with Green Goddess dip
                                                                                                                                                          Cheesecake
                                                                                                                                                          Pecan Tassies
                                                                                                                                                          Lime-cornmeal cookies
                                                                                                                                                          Chocolate chip cookies
                                                                                                                                                          Milk punch
                                                                                                                                                          Bloody Marys
                                                                                                                                                          Wine, beer, soda, etc.

                                                                                                                                                          All but the ham created in house. And the ham was the only dud -- dry & tasteless. Sausage was the best ever.

                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                            steve h. RE: rjbh20 Jan 2, 2014 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Terrific menu, wonderful photos. Sausage and biscuits? Pure comfort food.

                                                                                                                                                            We'll done.

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                                                                                                                                                              Jeanne RE: rjbh20 Jan 2, 2014 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                              That is some menu - looks fantastic! I'm sure was greatly enjoyed by all!!

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                                                                                                                                                                grayelf RE: Jeanne Jan 2, 2014 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Late to the table, but we had two perfectly grilled tenderloin steaks (so lucky to be able to bbq on the deck at this time of year in Vancouver) and a lovely shredded Brussels sprout stirfry with lashings of garlic and lemon juice. Perfect base for the snacky foods we put out later and shared with our guests.

                                                                                                                                                                HNY all!

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