Saturday, January 1, 2011

Traditional New Year's Meal (Southern Style)

Ah yes, the traditional New Year's meal.  For Southerners everywhere, this humble meal will consist of pork, greens, black eyed peas, and I would add that cornbread is a must.   This meal is believed by some to ensure the coming year will be filled with luck (black eyed peas), money (greens), and good health (pork - yes, really).  The black-eyed pea tradition of good luck dates back to Civil War times when Confederate troops were attacked by Sherman and the food was taken and fields burned except the black-eyed peas, which the Union soldiers fortuitously thought were only feed for the livestock and left them behind. The Confederate troops felt lucky to have those black-eyed peas to help them get through the war.

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