My family in the South believe in eating black eyed peas on New Year's day to bring luck for the new year. A good recipe for New Year's Day Black-eyed Peas can be found here, 'though this year I'll be making Black-Eyed Pea and Ham Hock soup.
Better than the Swedish Surströmming my crazy and wonderful friends in Sweden introduced me to many years ago. Washed down with liberal amounts of Aqua Vit, of course.
Happy New Year!