Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A New Year's Day Brunch

Happy New Year!  I hope 2014 brings blessings and good health to you and yours.


We celebrated with a Southern New Year's Day Brunch earlier today.  Take a look-see:

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I set-up a buffet in the dining room this morning.  We served ourselves and ate in the breakfast room.


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This year I decided on a silver and pastel color scheme.


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I was inspired by Mary's Mini Chicken and Waffles Party Bites post.


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I used the Southern Living recipe for Peach-Horseradish Maple Syrup.

I put the black-eyed peas in the crockpot late last night, and the strata is a make-ahead dish as well.  It was refrigerated last night before putting it in the oven this morning.

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New Year's Day Brunch Menu:

Black-Eyed Peas with Ham
Collard Greens
Chicken and Biscuits with Peach-Horseradish Maple Syrup
Ham-Asparagus and Cheese Strata
Mini Krullers 
Cornbread
Iced Tea

Did you know...
...that the tradition of eating black-eyed peas and greens on New Year's Day started during the War of Northern Aggression (Civil War to Yankees)? Black-eyed peas guarantee a year of good luck and prosperity, and collard greens bring wealth.


How to cook black-eyed peas: 

Ingredients:
1 bag Camellia black-eyed peas
8 - 12 ounces ham seasoning meat
3 - 4 tablespoons Penzy's Sunny Paris seasoning mix
water

Method:
1.   Wash and sort dried peas thoroughly.  Place peas in a large bowl and cover with an inch or two of water above the bean line.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap until the next morning.
2.   Rinse beans in a colander a few minutes and transfer to a crockpot.  Add spices and ham and just enough water to barely cover the beans.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.


Resources:

All tableware is MacKenzie-Childs from both Taylor and Wallcourt ranges unless otherwise noted.
Napkins and mercury glass votives:  Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic
Serve ware: Pie servers and serving spoons: Gifts from Judy's New Orleans
Saying candle votive and ornament place card holders:  An Angel at My Table, UK
Ceramic bread basket and clear vases:  Pier 1
Pink tea towel:  Yves Delorme, Paris
Square white cake plate:  Williams-Sonoma
Square painted platter:  Painted by *me*
White linen table runner:  Pottery Barn
Christmas ornaments:  Anthropologie


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Linking to:


Join Liz @ Fresh Cut Friday



Until next time…

New Year's Blessings!
Ricki Jill

11 comments:

  1. I love everything about this. :) I think your colors are lovely and the food sounds so good. :)

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  2. That looks delicious and the table is so pretty. I know your family loves the effort you go to. We are having shredded pork and black eyed peas here in just a little bit. :)

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  3. Your table is so beautiful! I want to eat there. ;) Happy New Year!!

    Jo

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  4. Hi RJ, I love your mix of silver and pastels. I think it’s a great choice for a New Year’s Day brunch. Love the runner and the roses. The menu sounds and looks delicious!
    Look forward to our visits in 2014!

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  5. I LOVE THIS!!! It's so beautiful! one day, i'll have a table-scape like this. I LOVE your candle at the end - love that saying and the song. :)

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  6. Everything is picture perfect! I know your family enjoyed it all, too! Happy New year my friend! Looking forward to more fun this year! Hugs, Diane

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  7. Simply beautiful RJ! Happy New Year!

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  8. Ricki Jill, I love your pastel buffet with your wonderful MKC collection and vintage ornaments~ a feast for the eyes! Thanks for the shout out, your mini chicken & waffles look delicious with your adorable syrup pitcher :) Wishing you a Happy & Healthy New Year!

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  9. Wow ~ the food looks delicious and the table setting is beautiful! Visiting from fresh cut friday. Happy New Year!

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  10. What a wonderful idea to have a New Years Brunch! I pinned your recipe for black eyed peas. :) You already know I love everything about your table! :)

    Thank you so much for sharing your pretty pictures for Fresh-Cut Friday. Happy New Year!
    ~Liz

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