A Southern New Year's Day Dinner

Last Updated December 26, 2016
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This traditional Southern New Year's Day dinner is said to bring good fortune throughout the year. Pork symbolizes prosperity, collards and black-eyed peas represent dollars and coins, cornbread is gold. 

Beer Braised Pork Chops

Beer braised pork chops in a cast-iron skillet
There is nothing like the deep flavor of a pork chop from a well-raised hog. But, if you are used to cooking industrial chops, the more exercised muscles and thicker bands of fat of pastured pork can...

An African Take on Hoppin' John

African take on hoppin john with black eyed peas, collards and rice
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Braised Collard Greens

Braised Collard Greens
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Buttermilk Cornbread

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