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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Mmm ! Tastes Like. . .Tradition!

My family has always eaten a dish called Hoppin’ John—a mixture of rice, pork sausage, and black-eyed peas topped with a little sauerkraut—on New Year’s Day. My grandmother said the black-eyed peas brought health and the sauerkraut brought money (like most southern farm women of her day, she was very superstitious—she also said a dropped dish towel meant unexpected company was coming).

Although I don’t believe in the magical powers of peas or cabbage, I always make Hoppin’ John on January 1st.

What traditions do you observe on New Year’s Day?


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2 Comments:

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Greg said...

I always start the year off with a hangover, does that count?

 
At 12:42 PM, Blogger lee said...

You're not alone in that particular tradition, greg--but I guarantee that a spoonful of black-eyed peas and sauerkraut will fix you right up!

:)

 

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