Thursday, January 1, 2015

Southern New Year's Traditions

According to New Year's tradition, eating black-eyed peas will bring you luck and prosperity throughout the year ahead.  Do any of you follow this one?  I personally love to cook black-eyed peas and collard greens (or turnip greens) for a meal on New Year's Day.  This year, I'm going to make Hoppin' John. 

Southern Style Black-Eyed Peas {recipe}
Spicy Collard Greens {recipe}
Sweet Corn Bread {recipe}
Hoppin' John {recipe}
Black-Eyed Peas & Collard Greens Soup {recipe}

If you are feeling adventurous this year, try out a Korean tradition!  Some people in Korea (and also in China) celebrate New Year's Day on the first day of the lunar calendar.  So this year, it happens to be on February 19th.  Weird to think about celebrating a new year in February, right?  It is one of the most celebrated holidays in Korea and usually lasts for three days filled with tons of food and family time.  Tteokguk (떡국), which is beef brisket soup with sliced rice cakes, is a must.  Similar to black-eyed peas, people believe that if you eat tteokguk, it will bring you fortune for the upcoming year.  It is actually very easy to make this soup at home and my family used to enjoy this quite frequently (if you add dumplings, it is even more delicious).  Try this simple recipe at home and let me know what you think!  

Do you have traditions that you always follow for New Year's Eve or New Year's Day?  I'd love to share them!

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