Many people believe that doing certain things or consuming certain foods and or beverages, at the beginning of the year, will bring us love, luck, good health, and or money during the new year.

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Now when I grew up on San Jose, La Salle, Capitol, Congress, and State Street on Abilene's northside, we had a lot of crazy superstitions that we all followed religiously. To this day I still do follow some of these traditions I'll share with you now:

Blackeyed Peas Are Mainly A Southern Tradition

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I stay with some of these mainly because they're like family traditions. Here are a few of the most popular food superstitions to kick off the New Year right. The one that I never fail on New Year's day I will have a big ole pot of blackeyed-peas and let's not forget the cornbread.

Honestly, I don't know why the blackeyed-peas stuck in my head as it does, but it has something to do with having a job and making a living all these years. As far as the rest of these they come from the old neighborhoods and mainly family traditions.

The Spanish have a lot of traditions, one is that eating 12 grapes as the clock chimes 12, assures men will increase their libido.

Still, there are many other foods like Brown-Butter Creamed Winter Greens, Hoppin' John Salad with Molasses Dressing, Cuban-Style Roast Suckling Pig, Salt Cod in Tomato Garlic Confit, New Year's Orange and Brandy Cake, Pecan Shortbread Cookies and Coffee-Glazed Doughnuts.

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Most of which are said to bring luck, love, good health, and or money. If I left any out please reach out to me because I'd like to try them and include them here. Heaven knows how much I need luck.

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