Yesterday I had a new (to me) dish, Hoppin' John. It contains ingredients intended to give you luck. The black-eyed peas symbolize pennies or coins; the greens add further to the wealth. Diners may leave three peas on the plate to ensure luck, fortune, and romance.
These food traditions have long histories, rich with cultural lore.
But for fun, here are some suggestions for new New Year's food traditions:
Ice cream to keep you cool.
Salsa to make you look hot.
String beans to make you slim.
Head of lettuce to make you smart.
Artichoke hearts to give you courage.
Popcorn for surprises.
Bacon for, well, no reason really needed for bacon.
Crock pot stew for patience.
And finally, eggs for breaking out of your shell.
Here's something else to ponder. If your diet really did chart your future, where would your diet lead you?