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Best New Year’s Recipes to Welcome 2017

The start of a new year is a chance to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. While many will leave the next twelve months up to fate, you can increase your good fortune in 2017 by eating specific foods that are believed to bring luck. Whether you’re superstitious or not, January 1st is a fantastic time to sharpen your skills in the kitchen and expand your cooking repertoire with some new dishes. Here are the best New Year’s recipes to ring in 2017.

Southern-Style Collard Greens

Cooked greens are eaten on New Year’s in many countries for a simple reason – the leaves look like folded money and represent economic wealth. In the U.S., the most popular choice is collard greens. When slow-cooked with pork, the leaves become mouthwatering and tender.

Get the recipe (http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/southern-style-collard-greens)

BA’s Best Apple Cider Doughnuts

For breakfast, consider a bagel or donut for good luck in the New Year. The ring-shape symbolizes the year coming full circle. In some cultures, it’s customary to hide a special trinket or coin inside the baked good. The recipient will be lucky in the New Year. These doughnuts are crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside.

Get the recipe (http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/bas-best-apple-cider-doughnuts)

Sweet Roasted Grapes

The Spanish and Portuguese eat twelve grapes at midnight, one for each month of the coming year. If the fourth grape is particularly sweet, for example, April might be a prosperous month. These syrupy grapes are best served with cheese and crackers as a dessert.

Get the recipe (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/sweet-roasted-grapes-recipe.html)

Warm Soba in Broth with Spinach and Tofu

In Japan, long buckwheat soba noodles represent a long life and good fortune – but only if you eat them without cutting, chewing or breaking them. This recipe serves soba noodles in a warm bath of dashi broth, which should make them easy to slurp.

Get the recipe (http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/warm-soba-in-broth-with-spinach-and-tofu)

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Pork Chops

Eating pig on New Year’s is a tradition celebrated all around the world. Pigs are round, which represents prosperity, and they also root forward with their noses, which symbolizes progress. Choose bone-in pork chops for meat that’s perfectly juicy and moist.

Get the recipe (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/spice-rubbed-grilled-pork-chops-235178)

Will you follow your passion for cooking in 2017?

The New Year is a time to reflect on the past and set some goals for the future. Will this be the year you follow your passion for cooking or baking and make it your career? At National Culinary School, we offer short-term cooking classes as well culinary degree programs to provide you with the knowledge and experience you need to succeed in the culinary world.

If you’re considering a career in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts, we invite you to contact us to learn about your options. As one of the top culinary schools in San Diego, we offer the highest quality programs for our students and payment plans that work within your budget. Call us today to speak to an enrollment advisor!