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View Poll Results: Are Black-Eyed Peas A Part of Your New Years Day Tradition?
South -- Yes 11 28.21%
South -- No 5 12.82%
Midwest -- Yes 2 5.13%
Midwest -- No 6 15.38%
Northeast -- Yes 1 2.56%
Northeast -- No 7 17.95%
West -- Yes 2 5.13%
West -- No 5 12.82%
Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-28-2008, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Darn. I can't vote in this one. There's no appropriate selection! (Actually, using that map, NONE of the categories on it are above as near as I can tell.)
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Old 12-28-2008, 03:13 PM
 
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Darn. I can't vote in this one. There's no appropriate selection! (Actually, using that map, NONE of the categories on it are above as near as I can tell.)
Errr I saw Texas as included in the "South" on that map?

I'm currently in the Midwest, but I'm a naturalized Texan (went to UT, married a Texan, raised my daughter in Austin.....).

I have a great spicy black-eyed pea casserole recipe.
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Old 12-28-2008, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I just voted on the other Black-eyed pea thread that TexasReb has. I'll pass on this one, for reasons that are no doubt obvious.
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Old 12-28-2008, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The whole black-eyed pea dinner is a tradition in our family, along with spinach balls, potato casserole and a few other gross things. This is the meal I never look forward to and usually end up making a dinner out of my aunt's biscuits!
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Old 12-28-2008, 03:30 PM
 
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I just voted on the other Black-eyed pea thread that TexasReb has. I'll pass on this one, for reasons that are no doubt obvious.
LOL I thought we were going to leave THIS topic alone, THL!

As it is, I thought this Census Bureau map would be as close to "neutral" as any possible to be. And if one doesn't think that -- at the least -- Texas is tied to the southeastern states (which is a twin of the "western South" as making up "The South") by the tradition of black-eyed peas, then I don't know what is.

Anyway, the idea of the thread topic stemmed from something (as part of a research project) intended to be a national type thing. Not a debate between the two of us -- or anyone else -- as to whether or not "Texas is Southern" (which I think it is and you don't). So let's not let it lead to that, ok? There is no reason for it to.

After all, the same type poll question could be asked of where "sauerkraut and German sausage" are the custom on New Years Day. And -- in this particular realm-- to use the same divisions of the country to start from somewhere as the basis only makes sense, fer gosh sakes.

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Old 12-28-2008, 04:47 PM
 
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Well, are black-eyed peas delicious, or so-so?

Can anyone testify to having a very good new year due to the fact of eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day?

I'm not scoffing at this, I'm really interested as to what people have to say.
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:58 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Black-eyed peas and rice. I do it because my Southern grandmothers did it, and I was lucky enough to enjoy their wonderful cooking until I was in my forties.
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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My Mom cooks them every year, and there's always a coin (dime?) in the bottom of the pot for good luck. I think it's kinda silly but I eat them just to make her happy.
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:09 PM
 
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Well, are black-eyed peas delicious, or so-so?

Can anyone testify to having a very good new year due to the fact of eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day?

I'm not scoffing at this, I'm really interested as to what people have to say.
Welllll, most of us down here (i.e. Texas/South) think they are (delicious, that is).

As to whether or not they actually bring good luck? Hmmmm...all I can say is that those of us eating them on New Years Day are still alive and functioning! Does THAT count?
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Old 12-28-2008, 07:12 PM
 
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My spouse and I grew up in the Midwest and currently reside in Wisconsin, but we did spend 18 years in Texas. Now, I'm not going to enter the debate as to whether Texas is part of the South, and if so, which portion of the South has rightful claim to the state, but when we returned to the Midwest, we did bring back quite a fondness for black-eyed peas on New Years Day. Spouse has a simply fabulous recipe for "Hoppin' John," a spicy amalgam of black-eyed peas, rice, sausage and other goodies, and that's a big favorite in our house on any day.

Of course, in deference to our melting pot heritage, we also eat smoked herring for good luck at New Years, a tradition we learned from our own parents, though not simultaneously with the black-eyed peas. Herring is usually a New Year's Eve treat, and the Hoppin' John is New Year's Day dinner.

I honestly can't tell you what impact eating black-eyed peas has on the following year's good fortune or lack thereof. We haven't ever done any kind of scientific double-blind testing to see whether or not they're lucky; we just eat them because we like them.
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