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Thursday, January 1, 2009


I wouldn't start the New Year out without it. How about you?

I hated cabbage when I was a child, but I love it now.
My husband usually cooks the cabbage on New Years Day.
He does a very good job, if I can keep him from shaking too much pepper on it.

Eating cabbage on New Years Day is a tradition in our parts. Mom would put silver (such as a silver dime) in the bowl of cabbage. The person who scooped out the dime with their cabbage would be prosperous in the coming new year. I think when I was a child that was the only way to get me to take a bite. I was a hoping to get the dime out of the bottom of the bowl.

The ingredients are simple: cabbage, a little sugar, a little water to keep it from scorching as it heats, a little oil and a package of lit'l smokies. If you want to, you can use smoked ham hocks for the meat. That's the old fashioned way.

Cut up as much cabbage as you want.

Watch your fingers!

We usually cut up a huge pot full, add a little water to it, add the oil, and add the smokies and the sugar. Salt and pepper to taste.

Cover and cook...but not too long. That's the secret. My husband says most people cook their cabbage too long. Stir often.

Lit'l smokies on top.

Just about ready to eat. It shrinks down a lot!

Enjoy and be prosperous!

At the last minute I decided to make a quick pie for desert.

Here are the ingredients:
8oz cool whip
1/4 cup lemon juice
16 or 20oz can of crushed pineapple (drained)
a can of condensed milk
2 graham cracker pie crusts

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and pour into crusts.

Finished pie, ready to eat.

It makes 2 pies and it'll take you all of 5 minutes to make. I'm putting one in the freezer to eat at a later date.

Hope you enjoyed these recipes, have a nice day.


  1. My Mom did the same thing, except she used a silver dollar.
    I never liked cooked cabbage. Still don't. I love it raw though.
    Happy New Year, Janet and family!

  2. Our Mom used to make the best pot of ham, cabbage, string beans and potatoes. It would cook in the oven for a long time and we couldn't wait to dig in. I still miss her, but I make it myself now. Hope your New Year brings you health and prosperity. xxoo

  3. I bought cabbage but didn't cook any, no one to eat it but me. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  4. We've resolved to eat healthier and less....after today. Today we're having Pork Loin, Black Eyed Peas, Cabbage, Corn Bread & Bread Pudding for dessert. Yum! Happy New Year and blessings, marlene

  5. No cabbage for us today. That "old tradition" doesn't mean anything to me. I think it's silly. If I want cabbage, I'll cook it any time. We have it sometimes with stewed potatoes with a can or two of corned beef n them and cornbread. Since I didn't have to cook for Daddy today, I didn't cook cabbage. I had turkey dinner and my two daughters came for dinner. We had a good time.

  6. Happy New Year, Janet! I love cabbage but have never had it for New Year's Day. Your pie recipe sounds yummy!

  7. I just finished eating our traditional supper of black eyed peas and fried hog jowl with corn bread. I sure wish I had some of your pie for dessert. I added you in to my link bar also.

  8. My grandparents came from I grew up eating a lot of cooked cabbage! Another version mom would use ..she would quick fry the cabbage in the bacon drippings and then steam it until ready addig the brown sugar last..usually about a couple Tablespoons...then add the crisp bacon pieces( those done first) . We never got a dime hidden in ours though..not fare! LOL! BTW...when I saw your kind of look like me! Any Schutz's or Weigands in your bloodline?

  9. I didn't know cabbage on New Year's was traditional, but have always had it with ham, and black-eyed peas. Our New Year's Day dinner will be today - had to take teenage grandchildren for sales of jeans and shoes yesterday.
    Cabbage is a mainstay here. My husband loves it in any form.

  10. Hi,
    I didn't know that cabbage was a New Years tradition. This is really a blast from the past! We had ham & cabbage a lot in our house when I was growing up. It was a main staple for us. Mom made it exactly as you make it with 2 exceptions: She used ham & she didn't put any money in it! Hope you have a happy & blessed New Year!
    Deb :-)

  11. Janet, we had our cabbage too--I cook it very simply. Just boiled (not too long, Charlie's right), then drain, add butter, salt and pepper. I put silver in it too and we all try to get the most in our helping. my English mother always did this.

    We also had ham and black-eyed peas. We weren't very hungry after our bonfire feast, so our helpings were small!

    Happy New Year, my friend. I'll see you at writer's group next week, I hope.

  12. I like cabbage any way I can get it! Your husbands right-most folks over cook it.

    Love the pie-Granny uses the same recipe-YUM.

  13. We have turnip greens here in North Alabama. This tradition may have started because almost everyone has a turnip patch and they are readily available!

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