New Year's Day prosperity dinner

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Every year for New Year's day, my dad makes a prosperity dinner. The main components are black-eyed peas, cabbage, hominy, and we talked him into adding eggs when we were teenagers. The peas are for luck, the cabbage represents money, the eggs long life. No clue what the hominy is for, it's my least favorite part since it tastes like sodden popcorn.

Anyone else have this sort of tradition going?

Jaq (Jaq), Sunday, 2 January 2005 04:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I made a variation of the menu today: cabbage fried in bacon grease with crushed red pepper flakes; black-eyed peas flavored with the bacon, garlic, onion, pepper, thyme; parmesan and tarragon souffle. No hominy.

I'd never had a souffle before and was really amazed how this one turned out, light, creamy, not too eggy or cheesy. And it puffed up beautifully.

Jaq (Jaq), Sunday, 2 January 2005 04:04 (seventeen years ago) link

It's a big italian thing isn't it? Lentils and sausage,a s the discs represent money.

We had baked rigatoni.

Porkpie (porkpie), Sunday, 2 January 2005 17:42 (seventeen years ago) link

Well I happened to eat cabbage anyways, anyways.

My grandmother would eat a pickled herring at midnight, for prosperity.

Casuistry (Chris P), Sunday, 2 January 2005 21:20 (seventeen years ago) link

For some reason the tradition has developed whereby I make a big pot of gumbo on New Year's Day; it started out a few years back as an everyone chipping in cheap meal, and simply sort of stuck. Which is good, as I like gumbo just fine (Oh yes, then wash it down with champers. Any tradition involving champagne is fine by me).

Matt (Matt), Monday, 3 January 2005 13:57 (seventeen years ago) link

fifteen years pass...

Still carrying on the tradition. A few years ago, I started making posole as the hominy component. Today we'll spread the meal out, with pastrami sliders and fried cabbage for lunch and posole + black-eyed peas for dinner. 4 years ago today, prosperity dinner was the last time I saw or spoke to my dad. He died suddenly on March 31 that year, and his inability to not bring up his odious politics meant very few visits and phone calls. But all of us kids connect still over the right way to fry cabbage and our least favorite prosperity food.

Jaq, Friday, 1 January 2021 20:22 (one year ago) link

I introduced my wife to this concept yesterday and am now worried that next year she’ll actually want to make collard greens and black eyed peas for nye

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Friday, 1 January 2021 21:02 (one year ago) link

turnip greens, black-eyed peas, and macaroni and cheese are under construction here right now

Brad C., Friday, 1 January 2021 21:03 (one year ago) link

calstars, Friday, 1 January 2021 21:06 (one year ago) link

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