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I grew up in Northeast Pennsylvania, where most folks eat pork and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes on New Year’s Day (for good luck). Here in the south, the New Year’s tradition is black-eyed peas, greens, and cornbread. Being a vegetarian, I have to say I like the south’s tradition a lot better. 🙂

I decided to combine both traditions for our New Year’s day meal. I made a pot of mashed potatoes and sauerkraut for lunch, and for dinner we’ll have peas, cabbage, and my fabulous Mexican cornbread (I still don’t really “get” the allure of cornbread, but I’ve learned to make it really well). The cabbage at dinner is a little redundant (what’s the sauerkraut made of?), but hubs insisted on it.

In my effort to get as many important vitamins into us as possible, I’ve started slipping extra vegetables into just about every dish. Not only is healthy, but it adds a little extra color and flavor to our meals. The mashed potatoes I made came out so colorful and festive-looking that I dubbed them “confetti potatoes.” Give them a try sometime!

8 small red potatoes, unpeeled

1 large carrot, diced

1 large stick celery, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 or 2 vegetable bouillon cubes

3 tablespoons minced fresh spinach

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 cup buttermilk

salt and pepper to taste

Place potatoes, carrots, celery, garlic, and cubes in a large pot with enough water to cover and bring to a boil. Boil uncovered for 20-25 minutes (until vegetables are very soft), then drain.

Mash up the veggies with a potato masher or wooden spoon. Add the spinach, butter, and buttermilk. Mix well, and beat until smooth (I used an electric mixer). Serve with warm sauerkraut and enjoy!

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Welcome 2012

Hello, 2012! It’s very nice to meet you. Come in, come in; we’ve been expecting you. Have a glass of champagne. Would you like a fruit cookie? I just baked them today, they’re delicious– well, in a bland vegan sort of way. Anyway, enough chitchat. Sit! Sit!

So, 2012, we just wanted to have a chat with you. No pressure or anything, but you have a REALLY hard act to follow. 2011 was an awesome year; at least it was here in Cloud Cuckooland. Hey, we got married in 2011; and in terms of blessings, that’s pretty hard to beat. Sorry to be so blunt, but we just wanted to paint a realistic picture of what you’re up against. Not that we in any way doubt your prospects, 2012. We know you will meet or exceed all our expectations of you this coming year. Right?

Oh, and before you go…you do realize you are an election year, right? Surely we don’t need to remind you that this alone can make you or break you. We know you don’t want to go down in the Hall of Shame like 2004 or (heaven forbid) 2000. Of course you don’t. Right?

Anyway! Enough seriousness. Come and have another drink with us. Then you must go get some sleep– you’ve got a hell of a job to do.

Happy New Year from all of us here at Cloud Cuckooland. We wish you a year of health, hearth, happiness and hope.

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