Happy New Year! We had a lot of fun and good times with all of you over the past year, and we're looking forward to 2009. What's cooking today, on the first day of a new year? Is hoppin' John on the menu? Read on for more about this New Year's good luck tradition.
Hoppin' John is a Southern version of the classic Caribbean dish of beans and rice. It's usually made with black-eyed peas and a little pork -- sometimes bacon, sometimes salt pork. The black-eyed peas signify coins, and so on New Year's Day everyone eats hoppin' John to bring good luck and good fortune in the new year.
Collard greens are often eaten alongside, since they are the color of money (and just dang good as well).
It's been a rough year for many, and we think that a plate of beans and rice is a good luck-bringer for the new year, no matter if you believe in the superstition or not. Beans and rice are also very nutritious; look for lots of beans, rice, and good grains as we turn to eating light in January.
Here are some more recipes for beans, rice, and other favorites suitable for New Year's Day:
• How to Cook Beans
• Recipe: Basil Parmesan Pot Beans
bull; How to Cook Rice on the Stove
• Recipe: Simple Rice Pilaf
• Easy Braised Collard Greens with Bacon
• Less Meat, More Flavor: Salt Pork
Related: New Year's Day Recipes: Hoppin' John and Plenty of Pork
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