eating the year lucky


In our corner of Pennsylvania, the traditional New Year’s Day dinner is slow-cooked pork served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Locals believe a bowl of this will grant a year full of health, wealth, and good luck. Since moving here, James has embraced the tradition, but as a vegetarian, I need to look beyond the PA Dutch. Hence, the above — a Southern vegetarian paella of sorts, combining black-eyed peas, rice, and collard greens, along with garlic, onions, and tomatoes, as well as some green lentils for good measure (which some Italians eat January 1 to increase prosperity, the little peas resembling coins, or so say the old wives). 2013 should be a very good year! 🙂

This last meal together before returning to our “normal” routines tomorrow is a nice closure to this holiday break. Today also marks the end of Holidailies, which I have enjoyed being a part of this year. It was great to reconnect with some Holidailies’ veteran bloggers and share traditions, memories, and good wishes during this December. I thank all those who stopped by here during the past month, as well as the organizers for their efforts. Also, thanks to the Holidailies’ folks who named a couple of my posts “Best of” — much appreciated! I’m looking forward to participating next holiday season. 🙂



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