Some believe that the first meal of the new year influences what they see manifest in their life over the year to come. Both of my grandmother’s were among these people. In my mother’s house it is still a practice. And while I have not been as faithful to the tradition as the matriarchs in my family, I do observe it more often than not.

I give creedence to this practice, not because I believe that pork somehow magically manifests abundant goodness in my life. But because I believe that the frequency of the energy in my life dictates the rate of the flow of abundant goodness in my life. And mindfully and intentionally preparing and consuming food is an activity that I use often as a means of generating powerful positive energy in my life.

Food prepared in an atmosphere of high positive vibration, by a person who thoughtfully and intentionally pours abundant blessing into it is paramount to the health, prosperity, and general well-being of each and every home.

It is one of the gifts that the matriarch of the home offers her family daily.

And so, it is in that spirit, that I created this good fortune bearing new years day recipe for Pork Ribs smothered in Pear Raisin Chutney Sauce.

Choosing to pair a sweet and savory fruit based chutney sauce with pork for this holiday dish was a bit of a no-brainer for me. I simply began to imagine the new year a I would want it to unfold.

A little sweet. A little savory. And laden with good fortune!

Sounds perfect, right?!?!

If you would like to be as kind to yourself, and those who live in your home, as I plan to be to me and mine this new years day, go ahead and whip up this incredibly tasty dish.

Create it with love. Serve it with love. Eat it with love.

It is quite possibly the very best way one could usher in the new year ❤


4 country style pork ribs

salt, pepper, granulated garlic

4 tbls olive oil

1 large sweet onion, coarsely chopped

5 small red anjou pears

1 tsp ground cardamom

2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 c raisins

1/4 c white wine vinegar

1/4 c honey

1 tbls tapioca flour

Preheat oven to 350°.

Use 2 tablespoons of the olive oil to rub down the spare ribs. Season them generously on both sides with salt, pepper, and granulated garlic. This is an important step for this recipe as the spices used here are meant to compliment the flavor of the chutney sauce.

Place ribs in a baking dish (use stoneware or a cast iron pan if you have them), and put them in the oven for 30 – 40 minutes or until cooked through.

Just about 15 minutes before they are done, get started on making the chutney sauce.

Sauté the onion in the remaining olive oil. Brown it nicely.

Peel, core, and coarsely chop the pears while the onion browns. Stir the pears into the onions. Sprinkle the cardamom and ginger over the top. Then stir until well-blended.

The pears are meant to keep their shape. They should be soft to the bite but not mushy in appearance. Cook them just until they have almost reached this point. As adding the liquid will finish off the cooking process via the steam created from its addition. If your pears are fully ripe (already soft), this step will take just about 1 minute. Just enough to heat them through.

Quickly stir in raisins.

Pour in vinegar and allow to simmer for 1 minute.

Stir in honey.

Sift tapioca flour evenly over the top of the mixture and then quickly stir it in. Sifting the tapioca flour will prevent it from clumping. This step should not be skipped.

Immediately remove the chutney from the stove. Pour it directly over the ribs and serve. It can also be served in a dish, on the side if you prefer. Just be sure to remove it from the hot pan so it doesn’t continue to cook.

PRO TIP: If you are able to find a large raisin they compliment this dish really well. I picked some up at my local Amish store. They may be available in most grocery stores. I rarely buy raisins and haven’t had regular access to a grocery store in a populated area for some time. So I’m not sure. But grab them if you can. If not, regular raisins will do very nicely I’m sure!

I will be in my kitchen whipping up this dish for my family on new years day. There will be music. And candles. And positive vibrations will abound in the air. I am expecting great things from 2021! And I hope you are too. Because when great things are expected, great things arrive!

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