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Southern food traditions for New Year's Day

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POSTED: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 7:17pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 6:41pm

While many people make New year's resolutions, East Texans cook up food traditions to bring good luck and prosperity for the new year.

For most East Texans, it's a tradition to cook certain types of food on New Year's.

There's no better way to start the new year than stirring up a pot of good luck.

Michael Brady, Executive Chef at Fresh by Brookshire's tells us what foods to cook and what they symbolize.

"Black-eyed peas are symbolic to luck and to good fortune, because as the peas cook, it swells and it absorbs, the water so that's so that's suppose to say that it's symbolic to plenty of fortune coming for your future," said Brady.

Brady says, people should eat anything green and leafy.

"Whether you're in the North eating Kale or in the South eating cabbage... anything that is symbolic to dollar bills," said Brady.

Brady made a delicious Southern soup with the black-eyed peas and cabbage with other veggies. East Texans loved sampling all the prepared food are excited to cook up the New Year's traditions.

Brady also tells us, about a 'must-have' with your coffee or tea. "You should start your morning with some type of bagel or some kind of round danish, and that's symbolic to hoping your first year is full circle. I tell everybody in our Coffee Talk that we have every Tuesday from 10 to 11, I tell everybody what does it hurt," said Brady.

Even you're not superstitious you should keep the Southern tradition alive.

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Pork is eaten to ensure good health in the coming year. Black-eyed peas are eaten for good luck or and they are usually seasoned with pork. Cabbage or any greens like collard greens, mustard greens, or turnips eaten for wealth since all are signs of prosperity. It all started because people thought the greens looked like greenbacks or paper money and black-eyed peas looked like small coins, so both ensure prosperity. Study the Civil War: foods left by the Union as undesirable like greens & peas.

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