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(Mother Nature Network)   If you want 2014 to be a lucky year for you, on New Year's Day you better eat pork, beans, and round fruit   (mnn.com) divider line 34
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2013-12-31 09:37:54 AM  
I've got the pork covered already. What's fruit?
 
2013-12-31 09:39:34 AM  
I don't know about Jenn Savedge, the author of the piece, but serving healthy portions of pork and beans at my house leads to Uncle Herb constantly asking the young children to pull his finger with room clearing consequences.
 
2013-12-31 09:40:37 AM  
Would you like to take a survey?
 
2013-12-31 09:41:54 AM  
If you believe that eating certain food will make you lucky, you are gonna have bad luck in 2014 (and the year after, and the year after and .... )
 
2013-12-31 09:47:10 AM  
I'm making tamales! Or, attempting to. Hopefully, the 'good luck' will show up before I fark them up beyond recognition.
 
2013-12-31 09:48:09 AM  
But sauerkraut is the canonical New Years Day good luck food.  In fact, if you eat sauerkraut on New Years Day, nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the year.
 
2013-12-31 09:48:59 AM  
Years ago I was at a laundromat on Dec 31 (I think) and it was incredibly crowded. Somebody there explained that there was a superstition (Eastern European?) about it being bad to bring dirty clothes from the last year still dirty into the new year.

Now when I check the googles all I can find is superstitions about not washing cloths on New Years day.
 
2013-12-31 09:54:16 AM  
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2013-12-31 09:56:16 AM  
I always make pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day. I'm not at all superstitious, but it's a tradition and usually the only time all year I eat it.
 
2013-12-31 09:57:31 AM  
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Well this is shaping up to be my most *hic* lucky year EVER
 
2013-12-31 09:57:57 AM  
I don't know about anyone else, but if I eat all those things in one day I'm gonna break my resolution to lose weight, and that's not good luck.
 
2013-12-31 09:58:14 AM  
Cabbage and black eyed peas for me with some honeybaked ham.  And I will fit a pound of brown sugar bacon in there since bacon represents success in life.
 
2013-12-31 09:58:27 AM  
We had a big pile of soba noodles and onion fritters.  Breakfast tomorrow will be bowls of sweet beans and mochi.  No pork though.
 
2013-12-31 09:59:13 AM  

phenn: I'm making tamales! Or, attempting to. Hopefully, the 'good luck' will show up before I fark them up beyond recognition.


It would be nice to have some fresh holiday tamales, they are amazing!
 
2013-12-31 09:59:27 AM  
A list of superstitious foods for non-religious people. Whar is the irony tag?
 
2013-12-31 10:00:42 AM  

Sushi and the Banshees: [s3-media4.ak.yelpcdn.com image 600x382]


Yes I have a jar of pickled herring too.  They taste good.
Oh man, I may overeat tomorrow.
 
2013-12-31 10:01:26 AM  
What about Hoppin' John? (probably the most NSFW language you'll ever find on a recipe site).
 
2013-12-31 10:18:56 AM  
it's cabbage and black eyed peas, idiots.
 
2013-12-31 10:23:37 AM  

Millennium: What about Hoppin' John? (probably the most NSFW language you'll ever find on a recipe site).


That recipe doesn't include any pork (bacon or other). No wonder he is swearing.

PS. What do you call Hopping John made in the summer with fresh corn kernels added (or substituted for the black eyed peas)? My family term, "squatting squanto", is not appropriate in polite society.
 
2013-12-31 10:23:39 AM  

Bob Down: I've got the pork covered already. What's fruit?


Grapes are usually mentioned. Eat twelve at midnight.
 
2013-12-31 10:29:03 AM  
My family does pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day, usually accompanied by mashed potatoes and corn. (My dad and grandmother usually do the pickled herring, too, but I never developed a taste for it.) I've tried to get my wife in on the tradition, but she can't stand sauerkraut.

CSB: Over Christmas, I learned that one of my wife's cousins has an issue with separate foods touching on her plate. I explained to her my family's New Year's Day tradition, including the process some of them use in combining the sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, and corn into one heaping pile and then mix it all together. I could see her brain huddling in horror behind her eyes. I didn't even have to mention the ones who add ketchup to the whole mix!
 
2013-12-31 10:33:52 AM  
I usually make a pork roast (for health), black eye peas (for luck) and turnip greens (for money).

I don't believe in these, but it doesn't hurt, and it is a great meal!
 
2013-12-31 10:49:38 AM  

mayIFark: If you believe that eating certain food will make you lucky, you are gonna have bad luck in 2014 (and the year after, and the year after and .... )


It's more of a symbolic gesture. Ham on Easter, Turkey on Thanksgiving, Corned Beef on St. Patrick's Day, Pork and black-eyed peas on New Year's Day.

It's like taking note of finding a heads-up coin. I don't avoid tails-up coins as if there is actually some punitive bad luck in them.
 
2013-12-31 11:03:24 AM  
Who puts da pork in da beans???
 
2013-12-31 11:14:41 AM  
The deep south tradition is to eat black eyed peas for luck and cabbage for money. It would be unusual to make black eyed peas without some sort of pork in them even if it was just fatback.

I'm making a pork loin in the slow cooker today, so I guess I have that covered too.
 
2013-12-31 11:15:19 AM  
They left out collard greens

/Traditional southern New year's lucky food
 
2013-12-31 11:16:50 AM  

Sushi and the Banshees: [s3-media4.ak.yelpcdn.com image 600x382]


Approves.  Also for weddings.

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2013-12-31 11:18:01 AM  
No love for menudo?

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2013-12-31 11:23:33 AM  
Black-eyed peas cooked in the crock pot with Honey Baked Ham bone.  Collards seasoned with hog jowls.  Jiffy cornbread.  That is all.
 
2013-12-31 03:07:44 PM  

Sinto: No love for menudo?

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My grandmother always made baked ham and slow cooked baked beans on New Years Day.  She would have made sauerkraut too, but she couldn't get anyone to eat it.  I always thought it was a Pennsylvania Dutch thing.
 
2013-12-31 03:28:01 PM  
So I better eat beans and pork some round fruit?

GOTCHA!


/well, the 'eat beans' part anywhoo
 
2013-12-31 05:57:21 PM  
In the South, it's Pork, Black-eyed peas, rice, cornbread, and collard greens.

Pork for health, BEPs for luck, greens for money. Rice and cornbread because shut your mouth and eat it.
 
2013-12-31 07:14:06 PM  
I've heard that women in Italy believe if they wear red underwear on New Year's Day they believe they'll get lucky.  This is the most likely belief to be true.
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2014-01-01 10:49:59 AM  
1 word: menudo
 
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