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Lucky White Bean Soup

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Lucky White Bean Soup

Lucky White Bean Soup

Across the world, there are existing traditions of eating certain foods for special occasions and holidays to insure good luck. Sometimes we know the reasons surrounding these good food omens and other times, we partake with little reason except the guided assurance of good fortune passed on to us by cultures and traditions of relatives passed.

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Over the years I have experienced many varieties of Asian foods and drink offerings from friends all with the insistence that they would provide excellent health, lots of money, or both and even keeping female functioning at its optimum such as eating eel and drinking orange peel tea.

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The lucky foods in my family include eating three particular foods on New Year’s Day; beans which absorb the liquid and plump up representing growing abundance, then there is the Pork and the Sauerkraut. I honestly do not know too much about the Pork and Sauerkraut.

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(These Roasted Prime Rib Bones were frozen from Christmas Eve and for added depth of flavor I further roast them and add them into the early preparation of the soup. The extra meat falls off the bones and lends a delicious touch of flavor in the blend.)

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One thing I do know is that for a few years I got away from those three lucky foods on New Year’s Day, and let us just say they were not my luckiest years. Since then I reverently returned back to the traditional beans, pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day and things improved immeasurably, so that’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

Since saffron is the gold of spices, and provides a great golden and flavorful enhancement to the white beans how can I go wrong mixing it in with white wine for flavoring the soup with extra measure on New Year’s Day?

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(Above is some reserved gravy from earlier soup or stew preparations that I freeze and add into soups for a richer flavor. This also provided an enhanced depth to today’s  Lucky Bean Soup.)

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New Year’s Day is generally a relaxing one around my house following a lot of holiday activity so snacking and Bowl Games is a norm. Still, no matter how much Bowl game snacking goes on in the midst, I insist that everyone must have a sample of each of the three food dishes to insure all of their good luck in the upcoming year.

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Another part of the luck is that the Lucky White Bean Soup recipe makes enough for the next day, and some for freezing, and if that insures extra future good luck, well then I am going with that too.

Lucky White Bean Soup is sustaining and hearty, and healthy, anyway you decide to enjoy it. Happy New Year 2013, wishing you the Best of Luck!

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