Today is New Year’s Eve. New Year is called Capodanno in Italian. Everyone is wishing each other buon anno and auguri. Today is Saturday so I got to go shopping for the beautiful produce I needed for our dinner today and tomorrow. I also wanted to get a pork shoulder. My eating plans for the weekend are in step with the traditions of two countries, Italy today, and the US tomorrow.
In Italy, the tradition is to eat lentils on New Years Eve. The legumes are coin-shaped. So they are supposed to bring you wealth. They traditionally eat Cotechino at the holidays too. This is a traditional product made of minced pork, fat, and rind with salt, spices and wine. Since pigs were generally slaughtered in December, this sausage became a symbol of the holidays, accompanied by lentils and mustard or mashed potatoes. Super easy to prepare. Here are the ingredients.
So. I prepared the Cotechino as the box instructed as well as lentils. I decided a salad was needed for a green — I had bought some nice greens from the market today. I also added an egg. Here are pictures.
This was our first Cotechino. It tasted a lot like corned beef. It was pretty good. I am not a big meat eater. The small Cotechino was perfect for the two of us. I would do this again!
Tomorrow I will be doing Hoppin John. Carolina gold rice, black eyed peas and pork shoulder. Homage to my southern roots. The more luck the better for the coming year.
Buon anno a tutti and Auguri! 🎉🎊
Hi Karen, I’ll try anything once! Enjoy New Orleans! Great town
You’re a very adventurous cook, Nancy! Happy New Year from New Orleans!
Grazie Carlo, auguri to you and Mary!
I love the Dutch country! The food is great, stick to your ribs German ! Buon anno Matt!
Buon anno da Santa Fe, NM! Molto auguri inel anno nuovo!
Looks wonderful! Pork and saurkraut for us here in PA Dutch country tomorrow. Wishing you and Luther a very Happy and Healthy New Year!
Hi Joanne, it was pretty good. Different!
Thank you Valerie
Happy New Year/Buon Anno.
You as well!