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As we glide toward New Year's Day, it's time to think about traditional foods to ring in 2011. In the South, that means inviting some black-eyed peas (no, not Fergie's band) to the dinner table. A symbol of good luck, the black-eyed pea also pairs perfectly with smoked ham, as in this recipe from KitchenDaily contributor Ruth Cousineau, who suggests you serve it with cornbread and some rich stir-fried greens, such as collards. Hoppin' John is the quintessential New Year's dish, and uses salt pork instead of ham.
Recipe: Black-eyed Peas and Ham
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