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Did you get yourself some health, wealth, and happiness to start the year off right?

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Or maybe you prefer a little bit of virtual health, wealth, and happiness?

Everyone has their own New Year’s food tradition. Generally, people tend to “eat for luck,” fixing meals that are traditionally considered “lucky.”

In the US, these lucky foods vary from region to region. Ham, hoppin’ john, and collards is the quintessential Southern dish, while sauerkraut is a Pennsylvania Dutch specialty.

Embossed cakes used to be popular in New York in the 19th century, but these days, nieuwjaarskoeken are more in the realm of the hardcore foodies!

Here’s to a most excellent 2012!