Oh Happy Day, My Child Ate Black-Eyed Peas

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New Year’s Day Good Luck Soup

While I am not an overly superstitious person, I do love the southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring good luck and prosperity throughout the year.  Every January 1, I attempt a new recipe that incorporates tomatoes, greens, and black-eyed peas.  This year’s version was the best to date — a great way to kick off my New Year’s resolution of trying at least one new recipe each week.  I started with Ellie Krieger’s Minestrone Soup as the base, but left out the beans and pasta and instead added black-eyed peas and baby spinach.  I did not expect my children to do much more than dunk their bread into the soup and perhaps scoop the parmesan off the top, but it turns out that my oldest daughter Samantha may actually be the superstitious one — she picked out those peas to ensure her year was going to be a good one.  I think I may like this resolution thing.

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