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Dec 31, 2012 10:29 AM

Are there a traditional news years eve or new years day foods? thanks

I know about Hoping john and that some bean recipies are supposed to bring luck. We are vegetarian.

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  1. I make a black eyed pea and kale dish for good luck on New Year's Day. Use a good cajun all-purpose spice to give it decent taste (along with any spicy veggies you like). I blend/puree my kale with vegetable stock and add it as a substitute for water in making the black eyed peas.

    1. Thank you very much- I'm heading out to the market with kale and black eyed peas on the list

      1. Growing up, we always heard from grandparents that beans/peas/lentils represented coins in the new year while leafy greens represented folding money. Maybe it was a good way to encourage children to eat their spinach/kale/cabbage and it worked! Pork was always included, something about pigs rooting and going forward like we were supposed to do. Until I was an adult, I thought it was just because they tasted good together. Have a great meal!

        1. Growing up outside new orleans, it was black eyed peas for good luck and cabbage for money in the new year!

          We also had to use a ham hock in something for some reason, but cant remember the superstition behind that one.

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          1. re: twyst

            Black eyed peas, turnip greens, cabbage, ham hock (cooked in with the peas), pork jowl (fried), and cornbread.

            I have a recipe for Braised Cabbage. Got it out of Molly Stevens' 'All About Braising" book. I have to say, it is the BEST cabbage. If you want the recipe, let me know.

            1. re: chloebell

              I would love your recipe for braised cabbage. Thank-you.

            2. re: twyst

              I'm convinced that the superstitious "reasons" followed after the food. All of those foods - cabbage, beans, pork, potatoes or whatever - are the ones you put by for winter use if you're living without electricity or supermarkets. If you're in that situation and you want to have a midwinter feast, you'll need to hit the smokehouse and the cellar.

              My favorite New Year's dish is the Alsatian choucroute garni, basically braised cabbage with smoked pork and sausages all cooked together and (of course!) eaten with potatoes. The last one I made, I included Eastern European-style cabbage rolls with the sausages and left out the usual smoked loin, and it was declared the best yet. Alas, I'm now the only carnivore in the house, so it'll be vegetarian Hoppin' John this year.

            3. A traditional New Year's meal for Italians is:
              Cotechino sausage, Lentils, and Polenta or Potatoes.