This came from a food blog, Eating Well, Living Thin. (http://eatingwelllivingthin.wordpress.com/) Linda the author says: "Black-eyed peas are supposed to bring good luck and prosperity when eaten on New Years. This soup is easy, filling and just full of wonderful nutrients! Serve with thick-sliced tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and fresh basil and some crusty garlic toast for your family on one of these cold winter days. Will it bring you good luck? Sure…why not!!!!"