Seasonal Sundays (Week 53) Happy Lucky New Year

As we count down the last days of 2022, how about setting up the new year for good luck and good fortune with traditional greens and other foods from the American South? No jinxes here, I promise!

Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

So heaven knows, we could've used a little luck this week.

Somebody here got a toothache, just four days before Christmas. We had several Christmas events planned, all but one were cancelled and even the Solstice Dinner dropped from a convivial eight to a friendly six because of you-know-the-culprits.

But maybe we did have some good luck after all???

We got my husband into the dentist the very next morning. Amanda Coyle is the best dentist in all St. Louis!

The Solstice Dinner was so relaxed and lovely, perfect timing for a meal with friends, kinda like Friendsgiving except at Christmas. I served four slow, individual courses, nothing fancy, everything delicious. (Recipes to come!)

And then ...

ATT had a big internet outage that included our neighborhood. But you know what? It happened during the days right before Christmas: it wasn't calamitous, nothing HAD to be done.

And then ...

My car's check engine light came on when it was sunny but only 3 degrees. But I was only 2 miles from our mechanic and the station was open and most of all, the car's battery was so near-dead it would've stopped on me any minute. (Funny story. The car also needed an alternator, which was going to take a bit to get delivered so I accepted the station's offer of their loaner car. Somebody went to warm it up for me and it, too, had a dead battery!)

And then ...

After several days of just-above-zero temps, our street had a water main break which turned the entrance into a skating rink and everyone lost water. Except us! Which meant we could offer hot showers and more to our neighbors.

So maybe just thinking about all these New Year's foods that promise good fortune in the new year was already working? Who knows, maybe!

A FINNISH NEW YEAR's TRADITION One of the most magical nights of my entire life was the second New Year's Eve in Helsinki. Think walking through a forest with sparkles of snow sprinkling through the tree tops to reach a brightly lit home filled with friends already in full celebration mode. Think dropping molten metal into ice buckets, the odd shapes supposedly predict the new year. This year, my husband and I will continue one tradition, sausages and potato salad for New Year's Eve. It's far from the fussy appetizers of yore but homey to gather round and easy for the cook and and cleaner-upper. This year, I think we'll find some European-style sausages to sample ...

NEW YEAR'S WITH KIDS Set the clocks ahead by two or three or even four hours, then break out the bubbly and noisemakers just before what's really ten or nine or even eight o'clock. Then go to bed! PS It works! Best sleep ever ...

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: Looking out onto December snow, a candle reflected in the window glass, enahanced by the Pilot filter from my much-loved Prisma app. Who can see the flags outstretched in that hard north wind?

Made Me Think ...

  • Metropolitan Diary's Best of the Year (and hey! for anyone else who has trouble seeing this sweet little column every week, if you use an RSS reader, just search for Metropolitan Diary and you're in)

SEASONAL INSPIRATION: Lucky Greens & Other Foods for Good Fortune in the New Year

Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Salad ♥, to bring luck (and good health) in the new year, cook traditional black-eyed peas and turn into a healthful salad primed with vegetables and fresh herbs.

Braised Collard Greens, a fine southern tradition at New Year's ♥ WW Friendly. Vegan. Low Carb. Low Fat. Gluten Free.

Slow-Cooked Greens & Smoked Turkey ♥, healthy leafy greens cooked until tender and luscious with a smoked turkey leg or ham hocks. Low Carb. Low Cal. High Protein. Gluten Free. Great for Meal Prep and Weight Watchers.

Summer Black-Eyed Pea Salad, another crowd-friendly salad ♥

Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Soup, for good luck in the new year ♥ Fresh & Seasonal. Weight Watchers Friendly.

New Year's Soup with Black-Eyed Peas & Collard Greens, another seasonal, nutritious soup ♥

A collection of recipes for New Year's ♥

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Holiday Fruit & Yogurt Parfait ♥, beautiful layers of cranberry, applesauce and pineapple surrounded by kiwi slices.


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Roasted Green Beans with Rosemary & Walnuts ♥ A Veggie Venture. A Fall Classic. Just Five Ingredients. Simple Enough for Everyday, Sumptuous Enough for Occasions. Low Carb. Vegan. Naturally Gluten Free.
  • MADE ME SMILE "I found your delicious recipes for roasted green beans with walnuts and rosemary. I made it last night and it was flavorful and so easy. Now a personal favorite." ~ Christy B.
  • THE RECIPE Roasted Green Beans with Rosemary & Walnuts Quickly roasted at high heat.

Creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin ♥, first roasted, then braised in cream or half 'n' half, turned dark and luscious. My favorite way to cook Brussels sprouts during cold weather but also a Thanksgiving favorite! Low Carb. Rave reviews!

My Everyday Creamy Herb Salad Dressing, another Master Recipe ♥, quick, easy meal prep. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

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Cranberry Macadamia-Butter Cookies ♥, a favorite Christmas cookie recipe, crisp on the outside, chewy in the center, lightly spiced with fresh nutmeg.

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