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Traditions and Superstitions: Lucky New Year Recipe Links

There seems to be superstition and tradition when it comes to eating on and around New Year's day.   I'll add links for your consideration that include recipes considered lucky options for your consumption.

A Southern approach: Lucky New Year's Meal 

According to this Martha Stewart link, an Italian tradition is to eat 12 grapes at New Year to represent each month of the coming year.  May all your grapes be sweet!   The link also suggests to skewer the grapes and add to champagne for guests.  Adding to sparkling grape juice or cider can be a great option to include the kids. 

Eating circle foods, like donuts and bunt cakes are meant to bring one full circle in their coming year and this link offers the suggestion of a two in one tradition by making a cake with a coin inside, another New Year tradition to bring luck to its finder. 

Do you have traditional food items you plan for at New Year?

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Going to try the "southern" thing of black eyed peas.  Bought some dried black eyed peas and will see how that goes. Usually pop open a can every now and then.  May be headed out tomorrow night so these may not be the first thing I eat New Years..lol

I remember my friends in NY bringing grapes in their purses to the parties and clubs on New Year's Eve! I wonder where that originated...I thought it was a South American/Caribbean thing. Then again, a lot of Italian traditions are shared with the European countries like France and Spain, so it would make sense. I think putting items inside cakes is generally shared by a lot of European countries as well. Apparently at wedding or baby showers they did this. My Mom said whoever got the piece with the key or coin in it was the next one to get married, or something like that!


Jmarr, I thought the same thing about it being across the board European tradition, particularly wine making (grape growing) countries like Germany, France and Spain as you said. 

Happy New Year Everyone!   Enjoy not only this day, but the year to come. 


Jmarr said:

I remember my friends in NY bringing grapes in their purses to the parties and clubs on New Year's Eve! I wonder where that originated...I thought it was a South American/Caribbean thing. Then again, a lot of Italian traditions are shared with the European countries like France and Spain, so it would make sense. I think putting items inside cakes is generally shared by a lot of European countries as well. Apparently at wedding or baby showers they did this. My Mom said whoever got the piece with the key or coin in it was the next one to get married, or something like that!

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