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11 Auspicious Dishes for the New Year

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It's hard to say whether black-eyed peas invite good fortune, whether coin-like lentils and gold-colored cornbread bring wealth, or whether a long soba noodle means a long life. But it's equally as hard to say that any of these are not true.

So why not cover all of your bases? Eat 12 grapes (one for each month) at midnight (and hope that none are sour), have a pork cutlet because pigs symbolize progress, and toast yourself a bagel (because it's round and the year has come full circle, and also because when someone tells you to eat a bagel, you do it). If 2015 is your best year yet, you can attribute it to one of these 11 recipes.

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Grape, Almond, and Olive Oil Cake by Gourtmetphd

 

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Vegan Hoppin' John by Gena Hamshaw

 

Farro with Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale and Pomegranate Seeds by Ann S

 

Judy Rodgers' Lentils Braised in Red Wine by Nicholas Day

 

 

Peanut Soba Noodle Salad by Nicki

 

Vera Obias' Cheddar & Black Pepper Cornbread by Genius Recipes

 

Whole Baked Fish in Sea Salt with Parsley Gremolata by TasteFood

 

Herb-Crusted Pork Chops with Balsamic Onions by erinmcdowell

 

Black-Eyed Pea Cassoulet by Kayb

  

Homemade Bagels by Kenzi Wilbur

 

Mushroom-Lentil Tacos with Tahini Yogurt Sauce by Kendra Vaculin