The tradition of eating black eyed peas for luck in the Jewish New Year is recorded in the Babylonian Talmud (500 CE). It is thought to have been adopted by non Jewish southerners during the civil war. Whatever your beliefs, this hearty and healthy dish is simple to make and perfect comfort food on a week night accompanied by a piece of corn bread. Putting out a spread for a playoff party? This dish works well with wings too. Perhaps it will bring luck to the team you are rooting for.