New Year’s Day Dinner


Being Southern means you must adhere to the rules of New Year’s Day! We believe that if we eat certain foods it will bring good luck for the New Year! And I am the 1st to say that a little Good Luck coming our way would be NICE!! We traditionally eat pork, greens & black-eyed peas. foods that represent health, wealth, luck etc. After doing a little Googling, I found out that the Dutch eat DOUGHNUTS on New Year’s Day as they believe that the circle symbolizes
“coming full circle” and brings good luck! I know what we are having for breakfast!!

PORK= PROGRESS (Wealth & Prosperity)

Franny’s Cinnamon Pork Tenderloin

2 lb pork tenderloin

Mix together:
4 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 Tablespoons sherry (cooking sherry is fine)
1 teaspoon ginger
2 teaspoons dry mustard

so for you I have an amazing Pork Tenderloin recipe that is sure to please. The key to the pork is to marinate for as long as you can! I try to do 48hrs. I am sure overnight could be sufficient but I promise 48 is worth it!
Grab a plastic bag, dump your meat in and pour the marinade on top. Place in fridge for 12-48 hrs and cook on 325 until meat thermometer says its done (160 degrees). Baste the pork about every 15 minutes while it is cooking. ENJOY


I know it is sad to say, however when one can buy Margret Holmes or GLORY canned greens there is really no point in my opinion to go to the trouble of 3 washings, soaking, cooking, stinking up your house! Just buy them! and ENJOY!!

Cornbread, is a funny thing people either love it or hate it. I always hated it until I came across this recipe in one of my all time favorite cookbooks, Gracious Goodness…Charleston! the Bishop England High School Cookbook , it is the best moistest cornbread ever!

Broccoli Cornbread 
(you have to have, not sure why?)

1 10 oz pkg frozen brocolli, thawed
1 lg onion finely chopped
6 oz cottage cheese
1/2 c butter, melted
1 tsp salt
4 eggs, beaten
1 box jiffy cornbread mix
Combine broccoli, onion, cottage cheese, butter, salt & eggs. Mix well and add cornbread mix. Pour into greased 9×13 inch casserole and bake at 400 for 25 mins.

Black-Eyed Peas = GOOD LUCK and $

again, I must be honest and say with the GLORY and Margret Holmes brands WHY, why I ask would you try the fresh? I know, I have tried fresh, however they take a VERY long time to cook and need a TON of seasoning so I just by-pass the extra effort and head to the grocery!

I hope my meal has inspired you to make your own
and that 2014 is the BEST YEAR YET!!


xoxo. Mama Bird


  1. Mrs. P. says:

    We usually have Hoppin’ John (combining the traditions of greens, Blackeyed Peas & Pork) and call it good 🙂

    I love the idea of donuts!

    Happy New Year Blessings!

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