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New Year's Day menu. What's your family's traditional meal for a lucky new year?

Ours - black-eyed peas for luck, collard greens for fortune.

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  1. It has more to do with how good the previous year was. If it was any good at all, then we have the left over mexican shrimp coctail that my husband makes for New Year's Eve.

    1. Black eye peas and greens (collard or mixed, which would be a combination of mustard/kale) and pork in some form...ham, pork tenderloin, chops, etc. and some fried chicken & potato salad, just because it goes with the greens & peas.

      1. Black eyed peas with cornbread

        1. Ham, fried potatoes, greens (usually mustard or kale), black-eyed peas, and cornbread.

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          1. re: vafarmwife

            Split pea soup made with ham hocks and baking powder biscuits.

            1. I've done the kielbasa and kraut menu, or the collards and black eyed peas, but I like to make a sausage, white bean, and kale soup when I'm at home. Has all the main luck ingredients (pork, legumes, greens). Or, if you're not interested in cooking it, go to Olive Garden, get the soup/salad/breadstick meal, and get a bowl of the toscana soup (sausage & greens), and a refill with the minestrone or pasta fagioli (for the beans)!

              1. Black-Eyed Peas...Hog Jowl/Salt Pork/Bacon/etc...Mustard Greens/Turnip Roots...Corn Bread.....

                  1. Black eyed peas and rice/hoppin john and collard greens.

                    1. Ham and great northern beans (cooked together, like a stew) and cornbread.

                      1. Thanks for all the suggestions, what I cooked and ate was great - a fabulous pork roast with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, mustard greens, blackeyed peas, broccoli casserole, cornbread, 7-layer salad. YUM, but blah. Why must people be ugly to each other and fuss. Goddamn brothers and wife/girlfriends fought like wild animals. I believe now more than ever that there is a damn good reason I live in the middle of a cemetery all by myself.

                        Ergh. Sorry for the rant. At least I did eat a heap of greens (for money!) and a pile of blackeyed peas (for luck!) so I am set - the heck with them!

                        Hoping everyone has a brave and lucky new year.

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                        1. re: southernexpat

                          Wishing you and all the Chowhounds a fabulous year of negligible family ugliness and fuss, and much luck and richness in all ways possible foodie and otherwise (and I sympathize on the thoughtless relatives -- I have a small pack of my own!).

                          1. re: mebby

                            Hear, hear! To both a "brave and lucky new year" and "negligible family ugliness and fuss." Bring on 2010...

                            1. re: cakewhole

                              Blergh. All I can do is keep on smilin' and cookin'. I learned a long time ago that a smile and 'nice' tone works wonders, even if that 'nice tone' is inwardly facetious. Ya can kill more flies with honey than with vinegar, caint'cha!. Martinis help enormously. as well. Gosh I miss the genial hipocrosy of the South!

                              Whoops, I'm cynical again. Thanks for the support - and happy new year to you and yours (however annoying they might be!)