Friday, January 1, 2010


Happy New Year from South Carolina to everyone!
The Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin from France was wonderful.

We brought in the New Year with a bottle of champagne and toasted to good health, wealth and happiness, and the best year ever in 2010.

A Southern New Year's Day food tradition, eating Hoppin' John Black Eyed Peas will not only bring good luck, you might also get rich if it's eaten with collard greens. Hoppin' John is a deliciously spicy bean dish made of black-eyed peas simmered with bacon, sausages or ham hocks, onions, spices and rice. I made Emeril Lagasse's recipe for Hoppin' John. And we're serving it with another family favorite, Melvin's Bar-B-Que, for lunch today.

The crock pot has been on since 8am this morning in preparation for dinner, another traditional New Year's Day dish, Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner with Carrots and Red Potatoes.

We're watching the Rose Parade and reminiscing about the years we all went as a family and sometimes we even drove to Pasadena to watch them judge the floast at 2am the morning of the parade. It's so spectacular to see the floats up close and watch as they put the finishing touches on them.

This has been a good day. We are blessed to have a great family and many good friends, and we're toasting to the best year ever for all of us. Happy New Year!



Kathie said...

BET -- love your choice of champers...."The Widow" is our personal favorite. You can keep Dom P, It's Verve for us

Bet's Crayons said...


Yes, to a fellow "Verver", the Verve was delicious!

Happy New Year!