Our family's tradition is to eat black-eyed peas and cabbage on New Year's day for good luck with money in the new year. The Black-eyed peas represent coins and the cabbage represents paper cash. We love both, but can only eat so much cabbage. However, we can't get enough of the peas . . . possibly the reason we're not so wealthy, lol.
Thanks for a good read and spurring a few of my own personal memories.
I never cared for Black eyed peas...thankfully my family's tradition on New Years Day to to have Ham (Pork) and Cabbage...since I LOVE Fried/steamed Cabbage I make that my meal to insure that I get my share of the money in the new Year!!
Hoppin' John is not very appealing to look at, never mind how it tastes. Several years ago we made a big batch for a new year's eve party and the guests mostly spurned it, forcing us to rerun it at our meals for the next week. We've avoided it since then until this year when I discovered a recipe on the Better Homes and Garden's website for "Hoppin' John with grits polenta" which is much more colorful and tastier than the standard recipe, since it includes peppers, corn and other goodies. This time we will happily eat the leftovers for the next day or two.