Whoa! This ad from a 1928 magazine made me do a double take. I flipped back to the page several times.
How many years older will I be next New Year's Day?
Well, God willing and the creek don't rise, I'll be another year older, right? And you will be too?
Of course I get it--if I drink Postum instead of coffee then I'll be younger than otherwise, that's what the ad is trying to say.
If I give up this and give up that, I'll age more slowly. If I do this and don't do that, ditto.
But, in January? The month that follows Christmas?
As Abbie Graham says in Time Off and On, "I am not wholly committed to January. I do not entirely trust it as a month." Can I at least wait until Easter's carrot cake is made, frosted with cream cheese, and nibbled, savoring each bite?
But I'm willing to approach this question from another tack. How many wonderful healthy things can I cook in January?
Lots of things, beginning with the traditional New Year's Day dish of Collards!
Say you don't like collards? Maybe you'll like my recipe that is an old Gourmet magazine one:
I skip the bacon now and jump straight to cooking chopped onions, any color. Then I stir a tablespoon of brown sugar into the onions and caramelize them a little, stir in a good sprinkle of dried hot red pepper flakes--have you tried this brand?
I get them from Amazon and they are amazing!
Then I add a little apple cider vinegar and a box of good chicken broth. You've already washed your collards, of course. Triple washed them because who wants to get any grit in their collards?
Cut the toughest part of the stems out, bunch and slice them and add to the hot pot and toss and wilt and slow cook all afternoon, add salt and pepper and you have one fine mess of greens and pot liquor that will put strength and vigor in your body.
Don't believe me, just read here!
Just don't be like Fred Sanford and eat them when they're eight days old. They don't last that long in our house.
On New Year's Day we'll have a pork loin roast with sauerkraut (sharing an extra one with family), black-eyed peas, and Pioneer Woman's Stuffed Baked Potatoes, and some Cranberry Jalapeno Relish. And collards, naturally, with a spoonful of my hot pepper vinegar over them.
What are you having for New Year's Day?
Blessings in 2020, dear friends and family! And all kidding aside, I wish for all of us to be as young as healthily possible next New Year's Day.