New Year's Day was my uncle Hugo's big cooking day for the year. My grandmother would handle Thanksgiving and Christmas, but New Year's Day was all Hugo's and he did it up.
Hugo was Italian, so our meal would always include an extensive antipasto tray filled with marinated artichokes, olives, cheese cubes and more. Then we'd have a ham or some other big protein. He'd serve a salad and a vegetable like broccoli or cauliflower with a cheese sauce, which he made especially for me. It was all delicious.
While that was our New Year's Day tradition, there are many fascinating food traditions associated with the New Year. Planning your menu? Don't forget these tasty bites, which are supposed to bring good luck in the coming year.
Long Noodles - This good luck tradition comes from Japan, where long soba noodles are believed to bring long life. Soba Noodle and Vegetable Salad could be a great addition to your holiday meal.
Lentils - Places in Germany, Brazil and other countries eat lentils on New Years for good fortune, since the lentils have a coin-esk shape. Want to try this tradition? Make some Lentil Sausage Soup.
Leafy Greens - This tradition comes from many places including Germany and Denmark. Leafy greens are thought to look like folded money. Skip the baby greens, and head for longer leafy greens to bring yourself some financial luck this New Year. Try this Hot and Spice Greens.
Black-eyed peas - These are believed to symbolize good luck by people in the South. Go the traditional southern route with Hopping John.