Even though I’m not Southern, I always make sure to eat soul food for good luck in the New Year. There are a variety of explanations for how the tradition began, many of which are very interesting, but all I need to know is that I need to eat black eyed peas and collard greens to insure prosperity in the New Year. Bryan is a converted fan of both dishes. I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions, so forget diet food on New Year’s Day – nothing accompanies black eyed peas and collard greens better than crawfish cakes, crispy buttermilk fried chicken, homemade macaroni and cheese, corn muffins, and sweet potato pie. Truth be told, I didn’t get to the sweet potato pie ( I peeled the potatoes only to discover that they were white sweet potatoes – who knew?) I will make mini pies later today. We had a few friends and neighbors over for a casual gathering. We had bowl games on in the den, but the highlight of the evening (well, some people did offer compliments on the food) was a game of celebrities.
I ate my share of prosperity inducing food, so I am hopeful that 2013 will bring good health and good fortune to all. 13 is my lucky number; the world did not end in 2012, and, with the loss of my dad last year, it would be hard for this year to be any worse than last year. I am publishing the recipes for all of the New Year’s Day foods separately (see links below). I wish you all the best in 2013.