What’s for New Year’s Dinner?

What’s for New Year’s Dinner?

I couldn’t wait a week to start the journey! So here is a sneak peak at what’s in store. Next Monday you can read about the whole first week, but for fun check out January 1st post. Enjoy!New Years Dinner 1920

Well of course their New Year’s Dinner was Black Bean Soup! Or wait is it supposed to be black eyed peas? Oh my goodness they must have had a chef because it would have taken me all day to prepare this meal. In fact I’m pretty sure there’s someone else serving the family dinner in the picture above because the mom is sitting calmly with a smile. Difference number one: I sit on the edge of my chair ready to run to the kitchen for a forgotten item, extra napkin or seconds (if it’s mac and cheese night). Secondly, is there a table cloth on the table? We aim to have placemats (in truth that rarely happens but I like to imagine it does), but tablecloths only come out at Christmas! How about you, do you usually have a table cloth? Any suggestions on how to successfully keep a clean one on?

Well table cloth or not, I still enjoyed reading what a family might have eaten in 1920 and comparing it to my family’s meal today.

New Years Dinner January 1st in 1920

  • Black Bean Soup
  • Roast Leg of Mutton (What is that?)
  • Currant Jelly
  • Stewed Tomatoes
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Macedoine Salad
  • Cheese Straws
  • Fruit Cake and Coffee

I could really go for some cheese straws! In fact here’s a recipe for some. As for dinner in 2017, we didn’t abide by the traditional New Year’s Dinner, but it was a successful dinner that adults and kids happily ate…

New Years Dinner January 1st in 2017

New Years Dinner 2017

  • Cranberry Sausage
  • Home made mac and cheese
  • Steamed broccoli
  • An apple
  • Left over pumpkin pie and…coffee (some things never change)

Did you like to make your own mac and cheese? It’s not as hard as you think:

Homemade Mac and Cheese

  • Melt 2 Tbsp butter in a skillet
  • add equal amount of flour and mix until smooth
  • add milk and stir until it forms a white sauce
  • Melt in 4-6 oz of cheese ( we like good old American Velveeta Cheese)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pour over cooked noddles (elbow is best but hey use what you have)

I would love to read about what your family ate for dinner, and how long your family takes to prepare a meal in the evening!


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