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Here's to a lucky you in 2018

Happy New Year!!!

10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2 1 Happy New Year.

And with those words, a new year is rung in. Time for starting over- reaching towards the dreams and hopes that linger in your heart waiting to come to pass, and the memories and thoughts of the year past that frolic in your mind. Food traditions on New Year’s Day have been around from the beginning of time.

There is an Old Southern Saying:

"Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, cornbread for gold'

Every culture has their food traditions, here are some that are very common, and why they came about!!

New Year’s Food Traditions

Black-eyed peas- shows humility, and lack of vanity and that invites good fortune. Also, since they are commonly dried, and expand greatly when cooked, expanding wealth.

Circular foods- represents things coming “full circle”- so good luck (donuts, bagels).

Coin shaped foods- such as small cookies.

Cornbread- represents the glory of gold.

Sometimes, a lucky coin is baked in bread, or, in Greece, a lemon cake.

Sweet Corn Cakes

Fenugreek- Jewish Talmud to eat on Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) says to eat fenugreek. Fenugreek means “to increase” It is also similar in Hebrew to the word meaning black-eyed peas, which may be the where the tradition of Black Eyed Peas comes from.

Figs- one of the ancient symbols of fertility.

Grapes- In Spain and Portugal, eating a dozen grapes at midnight is said to be a predictor of the year ahead- each one representing a good month.

Greens- such as collards, kale and other braised greens represent cash.

Kale Breakfast Bake Spicy Stirfried Collards Southern Style Collard Greens

Herring- silvery scales represent wealth.

Lentils- and other disc-like foods represent coins, in Brazil and Italy.

Pomegranate- In Greece, they smash a whole pomegranate on the floor in front of the door to symbolize prosperity and good fortune. The more seeds that hit the ground, the more luck.

Pork- rich with fat- symbol of progress- since they root ahead, (as opposed to turkey and chicken which scratch backwards). Also because they are rich, represents happiness.

Rosemary and Citrus Smoked Pork Butt

Rice, quinoa, or barley- to illustrate abundance.

Round fruits- 12 in the US (13 if you're in the Philippines, a lucky number).

Sauerkraut- the long strands symbolize riches and prosperity for the coming year.

Homemade Sauerkraut from Scratch

Soba noodles- Eat at midnight to symbolize longevity. The longer the better. Slurp- don’t chew, since chewing breaks the noodles. (And thus could affect your longevity).