New Year Luck

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  1. Tasha

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    We have always eaten black eyed peas for luck and cabbage for money/wealth in the new year. I thought it was universal, but a few FB friends had never heard of it. Do you eat peas and cabbage or do anything else?
     
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    Peas and cabbage do not sound appetizing to me so I had to find another way for New Years luck!
    I "put my money out" instead. You're supposed to put money outside your house before midnight then have the money be the first thing that enters your house after midnight. It's supposed to bring you luck and money for the new year. I put out a piggy bank and a lottery ticket! Last year I did this and was very lucky!
     
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    I cooked the black eyed peas with lots of ham and used the cabbage for coleslaw ;)
     
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    I hate cabbage, so I doubt I'll ever eat it much, if at all. I don't eat any foods out of tradition or luck. I pray. :)
     
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    I always made black eyed peas on Jan. 1st but I stopped because the superstition just didn't pan out for me. Haha. I love cabbage and it goes well with the peas, but I'd never heard that it should be part of the new year's meal.

    Try cabbage like this (southern) and you might like it:

    Cut cabbage into about 1 inch wide strips
    Cover about halfway with water
    Add Vidalia onions (as many as you'd like), sliced
    Add lots of salt and pepper
    Add 1 t thyme
    Add about 3 T of white sugar (or more)
    Add bacon or ham or both

    Steam until soft. Drain. Top with butter.

    Soooooo good.
     
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    Our tradition is black eyed peas, rice, and ham. We also eat twelve grapes at midnight.
     
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    I've heard of the tradition, but I don't do it. I don't do anything, really.
     
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    My parents swear by black eye peas and cabbage on Jan 1st but I never do it and have always been ok. I think it is a southern tradition, but I could be wrong.
     
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    Our family always ate herring on New Year's Eve for luck.(yuck)
    Most of my friends eat black eyed peas.
    I don't eat either one , I opened a fortune cookie.
     
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    I've never heard of it.
     
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    I forgot about the grapes! Will have to do that next year LOL

    I think the cabbage thing is southern from what I've heard. I'm sure there are many other traditions out there that I don't know about. Maybe I will do some research before 2015 :lol:
     
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    In central PA, people eat pork and sauerkraut for luck on Jan 1.
     
  14. TamiJ

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    My grandpa used to make it for New Year´s. I haven´t made it as an adult, but I do remember it was actually really good the way he would make it.
     
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    We do black eyed peas and fried cabbage (kinda like stir fry in a Chinese restaurant). We also eat grapes at midnight!
     
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    My mom always told me that you shouldn't eat anything that scratches backward(poultry). I guess meaning you are looking ahead to what the new year brings. We always ate pork roast, black eye peas and cabbage.
     
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    We eat black eyed peas for luck and collard greens for good fortune.
     

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