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On New Year's Day, serve hoppin' John and other Southern comfort food
On New Year's Day, serve hoppin' John and other Southern comfort food

As a cook who is rarely happier than when roasting a huge joint of meat, I tend to measure out my year in holiday feasts, the same meals every year. Christmas dinner means goose; New Year's Eve, rib roast and Yorkshire pudding; Easter, leg of lamb. I sometimes try my hand at odd holidays like Diwali and Nowruz just because — holiday food is always festive and is always an excuse for a party. Christmas Eve tends to revolve around menudo and tamales at my mother-in-law's house, but I yearn to have a go at the Italian Feast of Seven Fishes. So while I am an Angeleno born and bred, for some reason New Year's Day at my house always means hoppin' John, the starchy...

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