Friday, December 31, 2010

Good Luck Beans & Other Things - 11 Favorite Recipes For A 2011 New Year Party

Growing up in my Midwestern family, New Year's Day meant party food for watching football and a dinner of beans for good luck. Tradition dictated a big pot of great northern beans with a silver dollar lurking somewhere deep inside. Good luck would come to the one who dished up the silver dollar.

The beans were usually cooked with a ham hock, topped with chopped raw onions and served with coleslaw (because two three gas producing foods are better than one, right?) and cornbread.

In other parts of the country, the type of beans and the preparation vary somewhat, but the intention is the same, whether it is great northern beans, black-eyed peas, black beans or baked beans.

If you want prosperity and good luck to come your way in 2011, grab a heavy pot and choose one of these delicious and nutritious bean recipes. Most of them will make enough to serve a group and freeze some for later. Hey, I always think I'm lucky when I find a ready-made meal in the freezer!



Kalyn Denny said...

They all sound good. Wishing you all the best in 2011! Hopefully I will get to BlogHer Food this year and we can get together.

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of beans for good luck. The more beans one eats the more money or friends one will have in the year :)

Happy New Year!


nckitkat said...

sounds good@ I am hoping for some fast, easy, low cal recipes for losing all that weight I gained over Christmas! :-)

Diana said...

All recipes look great. And add to it the wonderful recipe you posted last year for "Stephanie's Black Eyed Pea Soup". I've just finished getting it all in the crock pot to have tomorrow for New Years Day. Yes, here in NC. they say the more peas the more good luck. And, of course, I used Butterball turkey italian and smoked sausage. Happy New Year dear friend!
Love you, Diana (the original Brunswick Stew maker)