Buon Anno!

Wishing everyone . . .

Happy New Year, Cherubs at Moon

May 2008 be your best year yet!

And remember, don’t eat chicken today
or you’ll be scratching (for money) all year . . .
pork (to live high on the hog) and lentils (“coins” to bring you money)
are the way to go!

30 Beans of Wisdom to “Buon Anno!”
  1. saraarts

    We are probably going to eat banana bread and cream cheese for at least a third of the day. What does that signify, oh oracle? πŸ™‚

    Happy new year to you, too, and to P and the girls.

  2. sognatrice

    *Sara, to me that signifies a really, really awesome start to the new year. And lots of good yellow and white stuff in 2008…like sunshine and daisies and lemon meringue pies!

    One of my new year’s resolutions is to be disgustingly positive. How am I doing?

  3. Shan

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  4. Roam2Rome

    No chicken or lentils? That’s right! I think you mentioned this once πŸ™‚

    Ah, I like your resolution. I’m convinced it opens doors in unimaginable ways πŸ™‚

    Buon Anno!!!

  5. sognatrice

    *Shan, thanks–same to you and yours πŸ™‚

    *Roamer, lentils are recommended, just no chicken!

    And yes, positivity certainly works *a lot* better than its opposite πŸ™‚

  6. homebody at heart

    Yes, but since lentils are small coins does that mean you have to eat a lot of them? I just bought some vegan “pork sausage”. Hmm, does that mean just faking living high on the hog? (Doesn’t sound so bad, I just hope it tastes good!)

    And, positively have a Happy New Year!

  7. flutter

    to you, too friend

  8. Anne in Oxfordshire

    Happy New Year to you…

    I never knew that about chicken!!!

  9. bethmorrissey

    What a lovely picture! Happy New Year!

  10. My Melange

    Buon Anno right back atcha! Oh those Italian superstitions. Keep ’em comin’…I just love ’em.


  11. Jenny

    Happy New Year!

    (I have been lurking on your blog recently. Thanks.)

  12. Britt-Arnhild

    Happy New Year.
    I’ve also learned from a blog today that I shall not use any money, to help them last longer πŸ™‚

  13. moonrat

    you too πŸ™‚

  14. Janet

    oooh I had pork chili with small beans today! Woohoo!

  15. Blame It on Paris

    Or collard greens (green for the greenback) and black-eyed peas. But I don’t like either, so I say, eat lots of chocolate to symbolize more chocolate in the year to come. πŸ™‚

    Bonne annΓ©e!!

  16. Jeni

    Well kiddo, you know I live in central Pennsylvania and if you recall correctly – what is it that is standard fare on New Year’s Day in PA? Gotta have the Pork and sauerkraut ya know! And we did. And it was very good too. Still have some leftover – hop a flight and I’ll save it for ya!

  17. SalemHouse

    I must have a mixed up year coming, since I had chicken for lunch and pork for dinner (all before reading your advice, of course).

  18. The Daily Rant

    Oh, crap! I need to start reading you first thing in the morning and not after my CHICKEN dinner.

    WTF? Is that an Italian thing because growing up (Italian) I never heard that. If I’m poor this year, I’m blaming my mother (an ancestors!)

    Disgustingly positive, huh? I thought I was going to start with a better attitude on January 1, but cleaning out the storage shed with Ed and my mother got me till about noon – then my resolution was all shot to hell!

    On the upside, I only consumed 1,229 calories today! lol Hope your New Year is great and if you have any other tidbits to dispense with, can you do it right away please?? πŸ™‚

  19. -R-

    Happy New Years!

  20. Gil

    My wife made lentil soup with pancetta for dinner last night. When she got the lentils out I thought she was going to make your lentil and sausage recipe. I guess I’ll have to wait until next time. Good luck and helath to you and all of your family for the upcoming year!

  21. sandierpastures

    So the chicken thing are from the Italians! My mother says not to prepare chicken dishes also for the same reason you mentioned. I asked her where she got the idea, she said she just heard it somewhere!

    We put on clothes with dotted patterns to symbolize money!


  22. Cherrye

    Ciao! They served us lentils at our NYE party…I MADE Pep eat all of his and a few minutes later someone called to book the B&B for the rest of the week…

    Black-eyed peas never worked like that for me in Texas! πŸ™‚

  23. Poppy Fields

    Oh no, I served my girls chicken for lunch. Does it count if I didn’t eat any?
    Happy New Year!

  24. saraarts

    Sognatrice, I cannot imagine you being more positive than you already are. πŸ™‚

    So I may have blown it because we had chicken eggs for breakfast, and I even accompanied mine with some chicken/turkey/spinach/feta sausage. So what do you think? Am I going to stay impoverished this year in spite of the gleeful banana goodness? Does it mitigate things at all when you factor in my massive, untrammeled tangerine binge later in the day?

  25. Elizabeth Abbot

    I had my lentils yesterday, but with salmon in the place of cotechino. Then again, I am a pisces, so instead of living on the hog, I can swim upstream against all obstacles.
    Beautiful New Years card.
    all the best to you.

  26. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    Buon anno!!

    Growing up we would have black eye peas and something called “sause or souse”. I think I’m spelling it wrong but it’s pig feet. Not one of my favorite things…it’s up there with tongue. When we got older my parents told us we didn’t have to eat it but we always had the peas for good luck.

  27. sognatrice

    *Homebody, why yes…the more lentils the better! And I think your sausage counts πŸ˜‰

    *Flutter, thanks πŸ™‚

    *Anne, an old Italian superstition πŸ™‚

    *Beth, thanks and thanks!

    *Robin, that’s one that even crossed the ocean as my American-born grandmother was fond of it πŸ˜‰

    *Jenny, welcome! So happy you’re reading and have delurked…looking forward to getting to know you better!

    *Britt-Arnhild, that is definitely a good tip.

    *Moonrat, thank you πŸ™‚

    *Janet, woohoo is right!

    *Laura, chocolate is *always* a good addition to any menu I say πŸ˜‰

    *Jeni, oh I *love* sauerkraut! I actually have a can here brought to me by some friends in Germany but I don’t have applesauce so I’m waiting for that to arrive before I make the sauerkraut. I’ll just pretend it’s New Year’s Day again πŸ™‚

    *Salemhouse, personally I think you cancelled out the chicken πŸ˜‰

    *Salena, sorry about that. Yes, it’s most definitely an Italian thing, so I think you’re right to blame your ancestors for not passing that down. You coulda be a millionaire by now dammit!

    And congrats on those calories but I don’t know *what* you were thinking starting out a year cleaning out a storage shed. That’s just asking for a bad mood.

    *-R-, thanks!

    *Gil, I don’t have that recipe, but I’ll be sure to get one for next year from the woman who made it on New Year’s Eve…it was delicious (at least the lentil part as I’m not big on sausage-type meats generally)!

    *Grace, ooh I love the dotted clothes thing. Cute too!

    *Cherrye, woohoo! First of all, you’re back!!!!!! Second of all, that’s awesome news about the B & B. I myself found a 2 cent coin at about 1:30 a.m. so obviously my lentils worked too πŸ˜‰

    *Meredith, I think you’re safe πŸ™‚

    *Sara, oh dear Sara. If you only knew what goes on outside the blogging world in this head of mine…better you don’t indeed. Anyway, I think tangerine binges pretty much speak for themselves. Yum.

    *Elizabeth, swim on! I’d *love* some salmon πŸ™‚

    *NYC, hmm, funny that they have something here called “suzzu” (sp?) which is gelatin and pork scraps and spicy, of course, and blech. They were all looking for that on New Year’s Eve but someone forgot to bring it. Thank goodness πŸ˜‰

  28. Wanderlust Scarlett

    And a VERY Happy New Year to you too, Sognatrice!

    Big hugs and best wishes for one of the best years ever!

    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

  29. Jen of A2eatwrite

    Beautiful greeting and interesting folkways!

  30. sognatrice

    *Scarlett, thanks! And the same to you of course πŸ™‚

    *Jen, it’s *always* interesting around here it seems πŸ˜‰

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