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Eat your Collard Greens this New Year’s Day

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Ok, I’m not a southerner. But I have lived in the south for 12 years and understand that there are some things that you just do, like eat your Collard Greens on New Year’s Day.

According to Southern legend, consuming these highly nutritious greens on January 1 will bring financial reward (and some say luck) for the year.

Yet, no matter how hard I try, I just can’t develop a taste for these vegetables. I’d much rather eat the cornbread served with the greens.

So, this year I have decided to throw caution to the wind: I’m not going to eat Collard Greens no matter what.

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I guess I can count on not winning the lottery or not inheriting a fortune from some distant relative in 2007.

But I do plan to take a double helping of black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. And according to Southern legend, that should bring me luck throughout the year.

So maybe in 2007 I’ll just be lucky, not rich.

Hope you have a wonderful, safe and healthy New Year.

Jennifer Dlugozima, VP of Marketing Farmers’ Almanac TV

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