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Lucky Foods-New Year's

It is common here in the south, to have black-eyed peas and cabbage on New Year's Day to represent wealth and good health I think. (Please don't quote me on that) But I was wondering if other dishes make it to your table on New Year's to hopefully bring you a more prosperous year? And if you have any what recipes do you use?

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  1. Cabbage? Really? I never heard of that! My husband is from Atlanta, and he always makes black eyed peas and greens. I'm Italian, and lentils are usually the thing for New Year's Day.

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    1. re: roxlet

      Roxlet, I think your right it might be collards instead of cabbage. My grandmother is German so I think that she decided to do cabbage instead of the collards just because that was what she was used to. I might have to try out collards this year though.

      1. re: Redstickchef

        Yes, my husband is preparing his collards as we speak!

    2. Has to be collards here in the south, but when I lived in Pennsylvania, pork and sauerkraut was always on the menu. I am throwing caution to the wind this year and substituting yellow-eyed peas for the black-eyed peas!

      1. Although we are far from traditional, we do make a few Japanese dishes to celebrate the new year. We make mochi to eat in ozoni (soup), broiled and eaten with soy sauce, to make daifuku (mochi filled with anko). Mochi is said to represent good luck, health and long life. We also must have kinpira gobo (braised burdock root). We eat it because we like it, but I think it symbolizes stability, deep family roots.

        1. The collards represent dollar bills and the black-eyed peas are coins. This year I'm incorporating both into a minestrone. I can save some bills and coins by bringing leftovers to work for lunch the first few days of 2013!

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          1. re: DeeCee

            Thanks DeeCee for the clarification! I really like how you are incorporating both the peas and collards into one dish, I wish I would have thought of that!

          2. Our version is black eyed peas (cooked with ham hocks,) and kale (because we like kale better than collards.) I made sure to pick up the black eyed peas plenty early- they are known to be completely sold out in the days before the holiday and this is Southern California!

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            1. re: weezieduzzit

              The manager at my Publix here in Florida was restocking the shelves at 10 this morning. When I got mine, he said he had only three more cases left.

            2. I always thought pork and sauerkraut was a PA German thing, growing up it was said that you have pork at New Year because the pig roots forward, and poultry at Christmas because the chicken scratches backwards. Well, it's a tradition at our house anyway!

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              1. re: dberg1313

                I'm German but I don't live in Pennsylvania and we always do pork, 'kraut, speatzle and potato dumplings on NYD.

              2. And everybody is forgetting the 'Kone Braid' that represents Gold....along with the Coins (peas) and Cash (greens) ~~ Any type of leafy green is acceptable ~ Cabbage, Turnip, Mustard, Kale, Collards ~ Whatever is available to you ....or that you like


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                1. re: Uncle Bob

                  My Grandmother ALWAYS did cornbread but I don't eat grains. I guess no gold for me! :(

                2. I made bean and ham soup overnight in the slow cooker.
                  Pork=pigs that forage forward= move forward in the new year.
                  Chickens scratch backward= bad luck
                  I'm also roasting pork later, so lots of pig to start 2013!

                  My New Year's past have been frequented with pork and sauerkraut, or stuffed cabbage.

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                  1. re: monavano

                    Today I'm cooking black eyed peas w/ ham hocks, pork jowl, braised cabbage & cornbread while sipping on champagne! No sweet tea for me today. LOL!

                    1. re: chloebell

                      My yellow eyed peas are soaking and will be fixing them with andouille, collards are prepped and ready, cornbread for sure and I will toast it all with champagne! And please,please let 2013 be kind to all of us.

                  2. Old German traditions say you must eat Lentils on New Year's day, the shape of the Lentils are supposed to represent Pennies - so you will be rich.
                    Another traditional dish is Carp, for the same reason as the Lentils. The scales represent coins. My MIL boiled the Carp and served it with fresh Horseradish, with a bit of grated Apple added, blended with Sour cream.