Whether for reasons of tradition or superstition, we eat certain foods around the holidays.
Growing up we always had Eggs Benedict on Christmas morning- this year Susannah was so ill on Christmas that we waited until New Year's to indulge- I cooked the eggs in new silicone cups that float in boiling water. I have to confess that growing up I loved the "holiday sauce" that crowns this dish- it wasn't until my teens that I realized that holiday sauce was in reality Hollandaise.
I was raised to eat black eyed peas and stewed tomatoes on New Years Day for luck, and cabbage for wealth. After living in Italy for a year and a half, I discovered a new tradition of eating cotechino sausage with lentils- the lentils presumably signify the coins of a prosperous future. For the past two years, I have had the pleasure of eating some of Richmond's tastiest sausage from the experienced hands of Belmont Butchery's Chris Mattera.