For many, key to good luck in coming year is what's on first day menu

Molly Daly
December 30, 2018 - 2:27 pm
For a lot of folks, ringing in the new year means serving up some old favorites to ensure good luck.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For a lot of folks, ringing in the new year means serving up some old favorites to ensure good luck, and shoppers at the Reading Terminal Market told KYW Newsradio what's on their menu.

Pork is the featured player on a lot of New Year's menus because the pig, which moves forward as it roots for food, is a symbol of progress. 

Sandi Mack was at Halteman's Country Foods, where pork bellies share the display case with pigs' trotters, part of the main course she'll be serving.

"It's a black tradition, pig feet, and chitlins, black-eyed peas, and rice," Mack said. 

Barbara and Tony Harner are having roast pork and sauerkraut, but some years, hog maw's on the menu. 

"Pig stomach! It was a Pennsylvania Dutch dish. We would just take a pig's stomach and stuff it with potatoes, and smoked sausage, and spare ribs," Barbara said. 

She said she grew up with it. As for Tony, "I married into the pig's stomach," he said.