10 Good Luck Foods for the New Year

on December 14, 2011
Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Five-Spice Soba Noodles

The Chinese don't celebrate their New Year's until January 23rd. But when they do, it is an all-out celebration! Ring in the day properly with a classic Asian noodle bowl, and be sure to keep those noodles long, it's a sign of good luck to come! Recipe: Five-Spice Soba Noodles

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Pork Loin with Roasted Pears and Shallots

Pork is a popular meat for New Year's in several countries because of pigs' association with wealth, plumpness and forward thinking (they dig forward with their snouts). Our porcine 'loin will serve up luck in tasty style. Recipe: Pork Loin with Roasted Pears and Shallots

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Citrus Golden Ring Cake

Ring cakes are New Year's classics because their circular shape signifies the completion of the year that is ending and the one just beginning. Some cultures bake a coin or trinket in the cake and believe whoever gets the lucky slice will have good fortune all year long. Recipe: Citrus Golden Ring Cake

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Quick Lentil Soup

In Brazil, little lentils represent prosperity and are traditionally served during the first meal of the year. We adore our quick and easy lentil-packed soup, sure to bring good Brazilian karma. Recipe: Quick Lentil Soup

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Braised Savoy Cabbage Rolls

Germans and Swedes place their luck in leafy cabbage. The in-season green has endless preparation possibilities from soups to sides. We love the leaves stuffed with ground beef and quinoa. Note: Although our recipe calls for turkey, winged-foul is a no no on New Years. You don't want luck to fly away! Recipe: Braised Savoy Cabbage Rolls

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Steamed Wild Salmon with Mustard Greens

Salmon is typically served in America's North West for New Year's, and like pigs, the swimmer symbolizes luck. Some say it it because fish swim forward (and some salmon even upstream!) while others say it's due to their abundance when they travel in schools. Recipe: Steamed Wild Salmon with Mustard Greens

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

East-West Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas have been considered lucky in the South since the Civil War. Legend has it the two-toned bean saved a starving Mississippi town with its protein-packed staying power. Here we've taken the tradition global with an unusual toss of black-eyed peas seasoned with miso and chipotle. Recipe: East-West Black-Eyed Peas

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Collard Green Salad

Wishing for a little moolah this year? Then collard greens are the way to go. Southerners consider the hearty greens good luck for their resemblance to folded money. We love how they make us rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Recipe: Collard Green Salad

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Sour Cream Raisin Pie

The Spanish and Portuguese believe eating 12 grapes or raisins in the time it takes the clock to strike 12 times at midnight will bring good luck for the upcoming year. We are honoring this tradition with a raisin pie - sure to be gobbled down just as quickly. Recipe: Sour Cream Raisin Pie

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Ham with Orange and Stone-Ground Mustard

If pork isn't popular amongst your friends, celebrate the prosperous pig in the form of this glazed ham. Topped with golden raisins and stone-ground mustard, our ham is great for New Year's Eve or brunch the following morning. Recipe: Ham with Orange and Stone-Ground Mustard

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