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New Year’s Dining: Soul Food Menu For Good Luck

By ANDREA MIRANDA, CBS Houston
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Southern food connoisseurs have known for decades that certain soul food dishes for New Year’s day will bring luck, strengthen familial bonds and increase prosperity in the New Year.

Make a pot of  Hopping John to influence good fortune and prosperity.

Hopping John is a dish made from seasoned fresh black-eyed peas cooked slowly with ham hock,  cubed fatback  or bacon.
Black-eyed peas become plump during cooking and this represents abundance and financial prosperity.

Eat your greens to encourage more green in your wallet.

Greens resemble a huge wad of money and became a necessary dish in New Year’s dinner.
Collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens or combination of greens with ham hocks meet the description for financial blessing.

Serve pork  to strengthen family bonds.

Create a pork entree centerpiece to keep your family’s  bond strong and unbreakable.
The pork centerpiece involved effort from the whole family and gave everyone a sense of togetherness for helping.

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