My new mascot and New Year’s Menu

Frederick Marchman Painting Titled Confederate Still Life with Grey Cat

Equally my new mascot and New Years Menu is all I need to start 2020 off in fine style. Until recently, I had no idea that I even needed a mascot. Maybe the artist Fred Marchman knew I needed a mascot when he sold me this painting. Then Men-nu wandered into my life, a loving gorgeous creature with smoky green eyes. Could I? Would I? Should I? Yet how could I say no?

To say nothing of the fact that Men-nu found me. With clear vision he realized I needed a mascot to keep me focused and in my writing chair. Someone to provide a gentle nudge towards the writing machine I call my computer. As a creative with an overactive idea generator a writing partner would help keep me on task. Maybe even keep me away from the dreaded Satan’s eyeball AKA tv.

Mennu My new mascot and New Years Menu
Mennu my new mascot and writing partner

First of all, this lover of all things seafood could distract me away momentarily long enough to scratch under his chin. Indeed possibly even move me out of the chair long enough to locate the little squirrel stuffed with catnip or toss him a treat.

Mennu the cat and squirrel My new mascot and New Years Menu
Give me the catnip or there’s going to be trouble.

Secondly, my new mascot needed a new home as much as I needed a writing partner.

Writing Partner Mennu My new Mascot and New Years Menu
This mascot literally wandered into our home and hearts

Why did I need a writing partner?

In addition, writing projects, non fiction books and research materials were piling up on more than one desk in my home. In light of a desire to create and put a pen to paper or fingers to keys needed a gentle motivator besides my natural inclinations. After work or end of the day fatigue was sucking my energy, brain power and vitality.

At the end of the day, a sauna bath and bed is about what I have the energy for.

After all, vitamins were clearly only going to do so much with this twenty year old plus plus plus body and booty. Clearly a mascot is exactly what I needed and in walked Men-nu. Above all in 2020, I want to complete several writing ideas that I have had on my mind. My new mascot and New Years Day menu should give me a winning start for 2020. No point in tempting the fates.

My new Mascot and New Year’s Day Menu

Of course, I have no intention of sharing my mascot Men-nu but I will share a winning New Year’s day menu. Last but not least here are a few recipes that will go well with the new year. Please let me know what you think if you cook any of them. Genuinely, I would love to hear your feedback.

Sweet and Savory Appetizer

Drowning Seasoned Pork Roast in Yesterdays Wine

Antique platter with Drowning Seasoned Pork Roast in Yesterday's Wine
Red wine celebrating a roast in the best way

Salubrious Turnip Greens and Roots or Southern Turnip Greens

Mimi’s Kickin Corn and Rice Casserole

Vintage bowl of Mimi's Kickin Corn and Rice Casserole
Bacon makes everything better.

Old Southern Rice Dressing

Mimi’s Never Fail Spirited Fig Bundt Cake

Cake Plate with slice of Mimi's Never Fail Spirited Blueberry Bundt Cake
Sunflowers border Mimi’s Never Fail Spirited Blueberry Bundt Cake

In summary, January 1st of any year is a good day to reflect about the past and start a list of improvements. Mix it up with great friends,food, favorite vino or handcrafted cocktails and football if you must. Especially this is a winning combination for any party and day of the year.

XMAS Palm Beach Fireworks My new Mascot and New Years Day menu
Holiday Fireworks West Palm Beach Florida

Blessing to you and yours,
Love from Mimi’s Kitchen

PS- Sadly I do not have a black eyed pea recipe to add to the New Years Day menu. Over the next year I will add this to my list of things to create. Here is a link to one of my favorite chefs John Folse for his Cajun Black Eyed Peas. I have not tried this recipe but his food has always been fabulous. Although, I believe that his recipe will feed more than the 6 servings that it indicates.

Author: Mimi

I have a love affair with food, entertaining, travel and music. is a vehicle for me to share my journey of food, travel and music. Traveling allows exposure to all types of foods and flavors. I have learned to cook by being hungry, curious and willing to fail. Food is another form of art and creative expression. Join me on my journey. Copyright 2016-2019 by Mimi

3 thoughts on “My new mascot and New Year’s Menu”

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your new mascot and New Year’s menu. Very entertaining and informative, especially about the “magic pot.” Eager to try your recipes!

    1. He has stolen my heart and Grill Mans too. Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to comment. I truly appreciate you. Please let me know what you think about the recipes. Blessings to you and yours.

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