Eating black-eyed peas and rice is a New Year's tradition. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Aunt Ida and Uncle Julie in Winthrop Beach, Mass., in the 1940s. Courtesy of the Brass Sisters hide caption

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General Harrison's Eggnog No. 3 David Kressler hide caption

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The deconstructed, hexagonal salad nicoise: perfect for all your gourmand geek friends. Courtesy of Chris-Rachel Oseland hide caption

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Precious snack: In Tolkien's books, lembas was a special bread made by elves that could stay fresh for months — perfect for sustaining travelers on a long journey (or engaging in an all-day movie marathon.) Try it for elevenses. Beth Accomando for NPR hide caption

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The Brass Sisters, Marilynn and Sheila, say the recipe for this shortbread is a treasure from their childhood they nearly lost forever. Courtesy of Andy Ryan Photography hide caption

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Dale's Holiday Old Fashioned Michael Hnatov hide caption

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