Happy Southern New Year!

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Writes David Franke:

Don’t forget to eat some black-eyed peas for luck and prosperity in 2013!

For best results, the black-eyed peas should be the first thing you eat in the New Year, right  after the midnight fireworks.  And you should consume at least  365 peas, one for each day of the year.

While black-eyed peas are the one essential food to eat, increase your luck by having them with some greens—collard, mustard, or (my favorite) turnip greens.  The peas represent coins, the greens represent greenbacks or paper money.

For best results, wealth-wise, have your black-eyed peas and greens with cornbread, which represents gold.

(I guess how you apportion the amounts of black-eyed peas, greens, and cornbread on your plate will tell us something about how you view the financial future.  Pass that cornbread again, please!)

And what good is wealth without health?  Add stewed tomatoes to your meal, which represents health.

There you have your perfect first meal of the year—black-eyed peas, greens, cornbread, and stewed tomatoes.  Yum yum, and a PROSPEROUS AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR to you!

3:20 pm on December 31, 2012