Hoppin’ John is a family tradition of ours. I’ve been eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day for as long as I can remember. Eating this Southern classic is said to bring a prosperous New Year, filled with luck and love! The peas symbolize coins, the greens (cilantro and scallions in our house) are paper money, and the tomatoes and white onions are symbolic of good health and good luck! With a dash of Texas Pete (which I haven’t found in years, so I sub Tabasco and pepperoncinis) it’s an amazing, and I suppose, an acquired taste- but year after year, completely satisfying and delicious.