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10 good luck foods for a new year

By: WomansDay .com on Jan. 13, 2011, 3:52 p.m.
black-eyed peas

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Black-eyed peas

Considered good luck due to their penny-like appearance and abundance, these peas, enjoyed in the southern United States, are traditionally served in a dish called hoppin' John. On the day after New Year's Day, leftover "hoppin' John" becomes "skippin' Jenny," meant to demonstrate frugality and promote prosperity in the new year.