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What Is Your Lucky Food ? 
Nov. 6, 2013 2:14 pm 
Updated: Jan. 14, 2014 1:05 pm

Budweiser is currently running an ad campaign for its Bud Light Brand in which the tagline is “It’s Only Weird If It Doesn’t Work”. That statement couldn’t be more true if they tried. When it comes to the world of sports, superstition is everywhere. Players have to eat certain meals before certain games, marathoners carbo load (mainly with pasta) before their big race and my cousin’s wife makes chocolate chips cookies whenever her team is behind though that doesn’t always work, does it Liz ?

(and no, you may not mention the Rocky Mountain Rainbow)

In all of the examples above I mentioned sports but food related superstitions aren’t just for sports. I know plenty of people that have to eat Black Eyed Peas on New Year’s Eve in order to bring them luck. My daughter eats cold pizza for breakfast before a test. Legend has it that if you see bubbles in your coffee, you should quickly eat them with a spoon, If you do, they say that you will unexpectedly come into money. (Of course if you are consciously eating the bubbles expecting unexpected money…..oh never mind, I’m confusing myself now). I am sure there are a great deal more food related superstitions out there and I am sure there are even more that each & every one of you subscribes to as well.

So do you have to use a certain lucky coffee cup in the morning ? Do you have to cook something a certain way in order to make sure you have the best chance of achieving your goal ? Is there a food item out there that brings you luck or even something you eat or do to put the “evil eye” on someone else like consciously eat their favorite color M&M as a way to symbolically crush them ? (Stop looking at me that way, I don’t do that one)  So what lucky foods work for you ?

I’m off now to see the New York Rangers play the Pittsburgh Penguins in a National Hockey League contest tonight. I will also be stopping at Don Pepi Pizza in the bottom of Madison Square Garden before the game with my brother for our “Lucky Pre-Game Slice”. It may not always work for him but it always works for me.

And in closing, I just have to leave you with my favorite Bud Light Superstition advertisement. Remember, it’s only weird if it doesn’t work.


Nov. 6, 2013 3:27 pm
Very interesting Doug, I have a cup I only use for tea, and one for coffee and no one is allowed to use it. Every time I make turkey I have to make peas and mushrooms. This is a good question, enjoy your pizza and game.
Nov. 6, 2013 3:32 pm
Hmm I only have one peccadillo regarding superstition and food. I only eat if I'm hungry. It never fails, if I eat when I'm hungry, my hunger is banished! It never fails! I do wish I could eat certain foods and banish other things but you know what they say, if wishes were horses....
Nov. 6, 2013 3:47 pm
My mother claimed it always rained after she would make potato salad...We lived in Seattle.
Nov. 6, 2013 5:09 pm
When I was in high school I ran track and cross country. On the morning of every meet I had to drink chocolate Carnation Instant Breakfast. I also had a certain pair of socks I had to wear. My son wrestled and before every match he had to eat his "lucky oatmeal" which was Quaker Instant Oatmeal that had mini marshmallow shapes in it that changed the oatmeal colors. He also had to have red raspberries to eat between his double-header baseball games in high school and college. I can't think of any "lucky" food I have to eat now - I just eat everything - to cover all bases. :)
Nov. 6, 2013 6:46 pm
Lucky food-I would say my son thinks it is pizza and wings. Also, if the Broncos are playing, he and my husband have to wear their Bronco jerseys before the game starts. Then, there is eating in front of the T.V. on game day.
Nov. 7, 2013 8:46 am
Changing planes in Denver at the moment and if you looked at the NHL scoreboard you will have seen that Don Pepi Pizza worked again. Rangers 5 Penguins 1. It's only weird if it doesn't work.
Nov. 7, 2013 10:11 am
I think the purpose of food traditions can change. Black eyed peas, stewed tomatoes, greens and corn bread on New Year's is a traditional meal- mostly because it's what poor folks in the south had left on New Years- just a little ham from Christmas to flavor the peas and greens. We eat them for tradition now. There's something to be said for an unbroken chain of meals that winds back through the generations. Folks make these dishes with their kids and remember helping their grandparents in the kitchen making the same thing. That's comforting and maybe it's lucky too~ :)
Nov. 7, 2013 3:03 pm
Hmmm. Only thing coming to mind is that when bowling, you must only eat with your non-bowling hand. Usually it was because most bowling alley food was greasy and if you ate with your bowling hand, the ball didn't stay on your hand so well :)
Nov. 7, 2013 6:39 pm
Can't say that I have any luck food. Never associated what I ate with what happened afterward. Maybe I should pay attention and see what it takes.
Nov. 8, 2013 6:10 am
I feel sad. I have no lucky foods. That means I have no way of affecting outcomes by doing what I love to do. *sigh*
Nov. 8, 2013 7:01 am
There were no Lucky Ducks in Oregon last night as Stanford beat them 26-20. Our Stanford tailgate hosts have served the same menu every home game this year. It seems to be working for them.
Nov. 10, 2013 1:33 pm
I don't like to eat before I'm lucky.
Nov. 10, 2013 3:54 pm
Hah, LOL...
Jan. 14, 2014 1:05 pm
Mine isn't a food superstition but it is a Bronco superstition (and it's posted waaaay late)...if they're winning and I'm watching, I can't stop watching but have to if they're losing. Got it from my mom. Superstitions can be genetic and/or contagious!
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
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Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
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We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
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I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
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There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
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