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A Pig Roots Forward (Compendium of Pork Product Recipes)

December 29, 2012
by Jackie Garvin
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Steeped heavily in tradition, the New Year’s Day Southern meal is hearty and familiar. Each component has significance.  As tradition goes, pork is chosen as the primary  protein for the following reason:

A pig roots forward.   A chicken scratches backwards.  A cow stands still.   Pork symbolizes forward progress.

I’m not pushing my luck.  We shall dine on pork on  New Year’s Day like I have every other New Year’s Day in my entire life.

There’s lots of options for pork consumage. Yes, I know consumage isn’t a word and I should have correctly used consumption instead.  Sometimes, it’s fun to be a renegade.  Here we go with a pork recipe round-up for your dining pleasure.  And, by all means, laugh along with me at the early photos. Everything that you don’t want to find in a published photo is found here: blurry, poor composition, poor lighting and generally bad. It’s all here in my early photos. But, as the song goes, “I was so much younger then, I’m older than that now.”

Orange and Rosemary Braised Pork Shanks

orange and rosemary braised pork shanks


Slow-cooker Fresh Ham


slow cooker fresh ham

 Broiled Pork Chops

traditional new years menu Slow-cooker Pulled Pork

slow cooker pulled pork

 Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

chicken and sausage jambalaya Ham and Rice Casserole

ham and rice casserole  Smoked Pulled Pork

smoked pulled pork

Two-meat Sloppy Joes

two meat sloppy joes

Swiss and Ham Pie

swiss and ham pie

Ham Salad Sandwiches

Ham Salad Sandwich Pulled Pork Sliders

pulled pork sliders

  Fried Ham and Red-eye Gravy

Fried Ham and Red-eye Gravy Sausage Gravy and Buttermilk Biscuits 

sausage gravy and biscuits

We wish you a peaceful, happy New Year.  May God bless you all.

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 Traditional Southern New Year’s Day Menu


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10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 29, 2012 7:21 pm

    I like the new word “consumage” – makes perfect sense to me!

  2. Danny Taylor permalink
    December 30, 2012 10:56 am

    Here’s a porky Happy New Year to you and the whole of the Garvin family. Praying it’s a stellar year and brings you all that which you seek!! Love to you cuz!!

  3. Marcia permalink
    December 30, 2012 11:29 am

    I never knew this about pork, Only the greens and black-eyed peas tradition. I’m roasting a turkey for NYD. I hope that will be ok. I mean, they gobble, gobble forward, right? I will be seasoning my greens and peas with some bacon so I’ve got the pork covered there.

    • December 30, 2012 11:42 am


      I don’t think there’s a pork quota for New Year’s Day. The bacon you’re putting in your black-eyed peas should be sufficient to work it’s magic. 🙂

  4. December 30, 2012 6:12 pm

    Well….I never knew that little ddidy ” A Pig roots forward “. Now there is a reason for my 30 plus year tradition. Here’s to You and all your fans ! I pray for unlimited blessings from God up above and much consumage of them !!

    • December 30, 2012 6:15 pm


      “Consumage” might just catch on!

      Our household wishes your household the best 2013 has to offer. May God richly bless.

  5. Jean permalink
    December 31, 2012 9:58 am

    Happy New year my friend! I don’t think I have ever heard that saying but it certainly makes sense. I am off to buy black eyed peas today with some sort of pork to eat with them. Your pork chops on the newest post look delish but then I never met a pork chop I didn’t like! I have visions of cream gravy to go along with those too. Here is wishing your family the very best new year evah!

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