It was New Year’s Eve 1996. My new boyfriend from Ohio was visiting me at home in Raleigh. We went to Duke, 30 minutes down the road, but being with my family in Raleigh was exposure to southern culture. On New Year’s Eve, my mother asked Dan, “What does your family have to eat on New Year’s Day?” With a shocked look on his face he replied, “Pork and Saurkraut, like the rest of the world!?” As he tells it now, (he stuck around and now I’m married to him) he didn’t know anyone who didn’t have pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day. It was such a shocking question to him. This interaction between my mother and Dan prompted a discussion about New Year’s Day food traditions and certainly black eyed peas and greens. As I understand it, the southern tradition is to have black eyed peas (often served in Hoppin’ John) and greens on New Year’s Day for good luck! The peas represent the coins and the greens the dollars that you will acquire over the next year….