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Why Eating Cabbage Rolls is Lucky on New Year’s

In many parts of Eastern Europe, eating cabbage rolls for New Year’s is considered very lucky. Laura Kelley, author of The Silk Road Gourmet (iUniverse, 2009), says: “My mother said that cabbage rolls were considered lucky because the leaves looked like paper money. The New Year’s connection was to roll ingredients that symbolized different things [...]

Cotechino e Lenticchie, or What Italians Eat on New Year’s for Good Luck

This hearty Italian dish from the northern Italian region of Umbria is said to bring good luck because the lentils look like coins when they are done cooking. “It is the traditional food eaten on New Year’s for good luck,” says Italy-based chef and owner of Cooking Vacations Lauren Birmingham Piscitelli. In particular, says Lauren, [...]

We’re Up All Night Sorting Through Black-Eyed Peas to Get Lucky

There is an old saying in the American South: “Peas for pennies, greens for dollars and cornbread for gold.” True to the saying, hoppin’ John, prepared with black-eyed peas, is served with collard greens and cornbread for a triple dose of good luck on New Year’s Day in the American South. Chef Teddi Wohlford, co-author [...]

Makowiec from Poland for Christmas Eve

If you are Polish, then it is possible your Christmas and Easter holidays have been filled with the delightful makowiec, a lovely dessert with poppy seeds. Laura and Peter Zeranski, co-authors of Polish Classic Desserts (Pelican Publishing, 2013), say their recipe for the dessert comes from Peter’s mother, noted cookbook author of the acclaimed Art [...]

Honey Cake for Rosh Hashana

The coming of Rosh Hashana signals Jewish cooks everywhere to get ready to bake their much-loved honey cake to bring in sweetness for the coming year! Second-generation American-Ukrainian-Romanian home cook Ali Waks says that honey cake is traditionally served during the Jewish High Holidays. “Honey is sweet and golden, and represents a life of sweetness [...]

Lucky Foods: Jai (Vegetarian Buddha’s Delight) from China

Farina Kingsley, an international culinary instructor and author of three Asian cookbooks, says eating jai, a vegetable delight made of 18 ingredients, on the first day of the new year symbolizes purification of the body. She learned to make the dish from her great-aunt, who was Buddhist. “Originally eaten by Buddhists in Chinese culture, there [...]

How Eating Whole Fish Could Bring Good Luck

Throughout most of Asia, fish is cooked and served whole (head and tail intact) for good luck. “Whole steamed fish with scallions, shiitakes and cilantro is classic. Every household in China has this recipe,” says award-winning food writer and cookbook author Corinne Trang. Whole fish symbolizes abundance, she says, and so for special occasions like [...]

The Luckiest Food to Eat in May: Vasilopita from Greece

Photo by Kankana Saxena The delicious Greek cake vasilópita is considered to bring good luck to the person who gets the slice that contains the treasure of a floori, a coin baked into the cake. Author of the beautiful book Greek Chic Cuisine (Lulu.com, 2010) Stephanie Patsalis shares the legend behind the cake: “The most [...]

A Lucky Armenian Chorag Recipe for Easter

Photo by Kankana SaxenaArmenians bake a sweet chorag, a braided bread, for Easter. As with any family recipe, particularly one with such a rich history, there are many variations in technique and in tradition. The bread could be a single braided loaf or small individual rolls. Home cook and blogger Robyn Kalajian says that her [...]

The Luckiest Food to Eat in March

Photo by Kankana SaxenaThe Persian New Year, Nowruz, is celebrated in March, and, of course, cooking is a large part of the celebration. One of the foods prominently featured in the celebration is ash-e reshteh, a soup made with noodles. “Like most Persian ash, this is a very thick soup, and it satisfies even the [...]

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