There are dozens and dozens (if not more) traditions from around the world about foods to eat on New Year's Day to bring good luck during the next year. Here is a great article listing many of these practices by food group, including a comment that kale is eaten with cinnamon and sugar on New Year's Day in Denmark, which I did not know.
So, I'll save a few kale leaves to do that (for an unusual dessert!) in addition to my plans for tomorrow (New Year's Day) to include kale in place of spinach in the following recipe for Garlic Soup with Spinach that was recently published in the New York Times.
Yum, yum! Already I can't wait to try both of these new ways to eat kale. I'll get recipes and photos later, but I wanted to give anyone reading this tonight a head's up for some foods to eat tomorrow to bring good luck during all of 2013!
Where kale is certainly more than decoration on my plate since eating it brings good luck on New Year's Day!
Diana Dyer, MS, RD