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Ringin’ in the New Year

By Paula Deen

Well, we’ve made it past Christmas and are full-speed-ahead towards 2017. I must have blinked or something, y’all. Is it just me or do the years keep goin’ by faster and faster?

While Michael and I love to sometimes take a little break from the craziness around the start of the New Year, you can nearly always find me cookin’ in the kitchen on New Year’s Day. I just love makin’ turnip greens, collards, hog jowl, and black-eyed peas, and that’s because I want to usher in good health, good luck, and prosperity. That’s what they say those foods do anyways. Maybe it’s just plain superstition, but superstition sure can be fun—and did I mention delicious?

Here are tasty recipes to cook on New Year’s Day if you’re feelin’ superstitious too:

Collard Greens

Turnip Greens

Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Stewed Collard Greens

Warm Turnip Green Dip

Quick Collard Green Sauté

Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Fried Collard Green Wontons

Black-Eyed Peas

Southern Collard Greens with Cornmeal Dumplings

Tell me in the comments section below about some of your New Year’s traditions and how you’ll be ringin’ in 2017. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Happy New Year, friends!

Paula

Paula Deen - As a young girl growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream — married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys — when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started The Bag Lady, a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen's professional cooking career. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering lunch-and-love-in-a-bag, beginning in June 1989, Paula turned her life around by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.

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