With the start of the new year a number of people make vows (a/k/a resolutions) of dieting, exercising, spending more time with the family . . .this list could go on and on and on. I am not going to blog about that.
You see, we always have lasagna. This may sound like an odd choice, especially since there isn't a drop of Italian blood on either side of the family, but that is what we eat the first day of every year. She made the pan up every December 31st and put it in the refrigerator to keep. Then, she would put on a beautiful dress she bought for the special night and my father would put on a suit (a very rare occurrence for this iron worker) and the two would go out to their favorite restaurant. They would enjoy a nice meal and dance the night away. I couldn't wait to grow up and put on a pretty dress and go out and celebrate New Year's Eve.
The next afternoon, the lasagna would go in the oven. I used to think it was so she wasn't stuck in the kitchen cooking while there were parades and football to watch. No, my mother wasn't hung over and I don't think I have ever seen her even tipsy. But, it was always a late night and she wanted to sleep in and have a lazy day. Now the making of the meal has fallen to me and I appreciate this tradition all the more. We made the pans up for the family and headed to mom's to pop them in the oven. After all, I do make the best lasagna in the family (though my sister likes to disagree) and I don't want to spend the first day of the year in the kitchen either.
Do you have a New Year's Day tradition? Is there a food you must eat for prosperity? Or, is there a food you eat for other reason?
For the record, my resolution for the new year is to get my house clutter free, organized and keep it that way. I should diet, change eating habits and exercise, and all that, but I am only kidding myself if I thought that would actually happen ;).
Happy New Year, Everyone
Amy De Trempe
Duchess of Decency