It’s almost 2011! Hard to believe, but I’m excited for the New Year and hope that you are, too! Hopefully, it’s filled with lots of good times spent with friends and family…and of course, good food.
Black-eyed peas are a traditional New Year’s dish, thought to bring good luck. I just think they taste great–if they happen to bring some luck, too, I’m not going to complain! If you want to make a dish with these tasty legumes for the holiday, here’s a good recipe adapted from southernfood.about.com:
New Year’s Black-Eyed Peas
2 28-oz cans black-eyed peas
1 pound sausage
1 onion, chopped
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup barbecue sauce
1. Brown sausage and chopped onions in a skillet over medium heat. Drain excess fat.
2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a 3-quart casserole dish. Add the sausage and onions. Bake at 300° for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Do you have any special New Year’s recipes? We’d love to hear what they are!
What’s one of the best parts of the holidays? Baking, of course! Cookies, pie, cake, bread…there are so many delicious things to enjoy this time of year. It’s also an opportunity to carry on family traditions. Perhaps you remember a relative’s scrumptious pie or secret cake recipe, or maybe you help your kids make a recipe you yourself learned as a child. My family, for example, made sugar cookies every year that we’d decorate with brightly-colored, powdered-sugar icing. As a kid, I loved mixing food coloring into the bowls of icing, and then drizzling it over the cookies in fanciful patterns. I also remember my great-grandmother’s cookies–she made dozens of them every Christmas. My favorite were her potato chip cookies (don’t knock ’em until you try ’em!). What are your favorite holiday baking traditions?
Keep up with your family’s baking traditions or start some new ones this year! Here are some handy products to make your holiday baking more fun.
Cookie Cake Pans: the best of both worlds! Make a chocolate cake with vanilla icing in the middle for a jumbo-sized Oreo-style cake!
All of us are super excited about our latest holiday catalog–the 2010 Giftbook! Like usual, it’s brimming with great gifts for everyone on your list (and maybe even a little something for yourself). If you haven’t gotten yours yet, you can request one here. Or go to our websiteto see everything that’s in the catalog–and more!
We’ve always been proud of our holiday catalogs. For one thing, we just LOVE the holidays. Plus, it’s satisfying to know that our customers will be finding things that their friends and family will love. We can just imagine the smiles as each gift is unwrapped!
If you think our catalog is a gift to unwrap, too, here are some covers from past years:
Aren’t they merry and bright? Which one is your favorite?