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!