HAPPY NEW YEAR – what we eat for good luck!

New Year’s Day is the first blank page of a 365 day cookbook. Write a good one. Bernadette

Hi there,

There are many foods eaten on New Year’s Day that represent good luck to those who eat them. In certain parts of the country, Black Eyed Peas, Greens, and Cornbread: Pennies, Dollars, and Gold, grace many tables.  Others eat Fish for Abudance, Noodles for Longevity or Rice for Fertility and Wealth.

  • In our home we eat pork with sauerkraut, for progress forward in the new year and we eat 12 grapes for good luck every month of the new year.
  • Many years ago, our friend, Doug, was having financial difficulties. That year we delivered our New Year’s dinner to him and his family. His luck turned in a significant way. He became such a believer that when we were in a heartbreaking situtation, he delivered the same dinner to us.
  • I can’t guarantee that eating my pork and sauerkraut will give you good luck in 2022, but I can guarantee that you will enjoy your New Year’s Day dinner. 

Bone Pork Loin Roast – 4 to 6 lbs.


  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • panko
  • rough ground dijon mustard
  • fig jam
  • Let the pork roast come to room temperature. Cover the roast with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • In a bowl make a moist combination of panko, olive oil, mustard and fig jam. Cover the top of the roast with the panko crust.
  •  Let the roast come to room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  • Roast at high temp 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes (30 minutes for roasts larger than 10 pounds)
  • Reduce oven temp to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and cook approximately 15 minutes per pound till the desired doneness.
  • Cook meat uncovered in your roasting pan
  • Always roast fat side up
  • Use a meat thermometer to make sure the roast is at the temperature you desire. Remember your roast will increase in temperature approximately 10 degrees after removing from oven.
  • Medium Rare 145 degrees F; Well Done 160 degrees F.



  • 1 32 ounce bag of Kissling’s sauerkraut
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 bottle dry white wine
  • 1/2 stick of butter


  • Drain and rine the sauerkraut
  • Chop the onion and apple
  • Melt the butter in a large oven proof pan
  • Saute the onion and apple in the butter for a few minutes
  • Add the sauerkaraut to the pan and saute for a few minutes
  • Add the brown sugar and the wine
  • Bake at 350 until the wine has evaporated and sauerkraut is brown on top

Wishing for you all a new year filled with many opportunites to share delicious food with your friends and family.

28 responses to “HAPPY NEW YEAR – what we eat for good luck!”

  1. You can never go wrong with sauerkraut! Now that we live in Spain we eat 12 grapes at midnight on the 31st as is the custom here. May 2022 be kind to you and your family!

  2. I don’t think we ever had a tradition in our house growing up, and my Husband and I did not either. The one thing we insisted on was sitting down to dinner together every Sunday evening, and sometime more often if we could arrange it between work and activities of our children and ourselves. One of our favorites was a New England Boiled Dinner. Will have to post it for you. It is very simple faire, but a favorite. Happy New Year and hope it is healthy and prosperous for your family.

  3. I have never heard of that combination for New Year’s. We have no tradition growing up, but I do remember waiting tables in college on New Year’s Eve, and just before midnight, I had to take every table a bowl of black eyed peas for good luck. We almost ran out!

  4. Happy New Year greetings, from the land of black eyed peas, greens and cornbread! That is the standard here in NC, but wow…this pork roast sounds soooo good! And the way you jazzed up the sauerkraut, I think even Les would go for it!

    I hope you are having the most wonderful time!! 🤗

  5. Well, we always had pork when I was growing up, with apples in some form (sauce or sliced and baked), mashed potatoes, gravy, and something green. My mother didn’t like sauerkraut, so I never ate it till I was a fully formed adult. But I do like it, and adding that bit of sweetness to it is a great idea. It’s just the two of us today, so it’s chops instead of roast, but we’ll be sure to eat those 12 grapes!

  6. I’ve never attempted to cook a Bone Pork Loin Roast before, but after reading your post I think I’m going to try your recipe. It looks delicious!

Any comments or suggestions are appreciated. If you like this recipe, please give it to your friends.

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