Thursday, January 4, 2018

Recipe Thursday: A Lucky Pairing for the New Year

If you’re looking for some luck in the new year, look no further than your local grocery store. Eating black-eyed peas is a Southern tradition that is thought to bring luck and prosperity in the new year. While the custom calls for eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day, many folks continue to enjoy them throughout the week. The New York Times offers a classic recipe with cooked greens (the color of money – said to make them even luckier) and a meaty ham bone. You can serve the black-eyed peas with baked cornbread or ladle them over rice (called Hoppin’ John).

Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Now, all you need is a hearty wine to pair it with – something with some juicy fruit that will stand up to the spice and balance out the smokiness of the ham bone. A California Zinfandel will do the trick, in particular Wild Hog’s Nova Zinfandel, with its fresh dark fruit aromas and a hint of spice. 

Do you have any New Year's superstitions?

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