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NYNM

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Herring for New Year's Mon, 12/25/06 8:40 PM (permalink)
I remember a tradition when I was growing up about eating herring for good luck around New YearsDay. Actually our variety was pickled herring and onions - (with or without cream) - straight from the jar - on saltines.

Who else knows this tradition?
 
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    mayor al

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    RE: Herring for New Year's Mon, 12/25/06 8:55 PM (permalink)

    We like the Herring Filets in Wine (w/onions) but don't care much for the Herring in the Sour Cream. It was a Holiday 'treat' with my Czech family (grandparents) but my Mother didn't care for it, so the custom of having it on the holiday treat menu faded over the years.

    Recently I see that Costco stocks the 2 lb bottle for roughly the same price as the 8oz jars found at WalMart and other stores. We got a bottle of the Christmas snack stuff, it is almost gone now. I wasn't aware of the 'Good Luck Charm' side of the story about it.
     
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      Ciaoman

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      RE: Herring for New Year's Mon, 12/25/06 9:31 PM (permalink)
      I don't know anything about herring bringing good luck. All I know is that I love the stuff and eat it often. Nathan's brand (no relation to the hot dog folks), available in Stop & Shop in CT and, I assume, other New England states, is very good. Also, I've enjoyed the herring sold in Costco, though I can't recall the brand. The best was sold in little "Appetizing" stores in NYC when I was growing up. There are probably a few still there. My guess is that Russ & Daughters on Houston St. and Zabars at 81st & Broadway still offer it in their smoked fish departments (along with cut-to-order Nova salmon and fresh bagels!).
       
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        ann peeples

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        RE: Herring for New Year's Mon, 12/25/06 10:10 PM (permalink)
        We have a company here in Milwaukee that makes both types of herring-Ma Bensch's.I just thought of eating it around the holidays as tradition-never heard the good luck thing.
         
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          ann peeples

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          RE: Herring for New Year's Mon, 12/25/06 10:23 PM (permalink)
          I just did a little history search,and both the Germans and Polish believe that eating herring at the stroke of midnight on New years Eve will bring luck for the rest of the year...
           
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            kland01s

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            RE: Herring for New Year's Tue, 12/26/06 8:17 AM (permalink)
            It was a tradition in my mom's German family, I still keep it up although I rarely can stay awake until midnight anymore! I prefer herring in the cream sauce, there are several good brands but our deli counter makes a decent one too.
             
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              Adjudicator

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              RE: Herring for New Year's Tue, 12/26/06 9:16 AM (permalink)
              I eat that stuff all the time. Delicious to me.
               
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                kland01s

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                RE: Herring for New Year's Wed, 12/27/06 7:14 AM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by Adjudicator

                I eat that stuff all the time. Delicious to me.

                Oh, I can eat herring any time too, I grew up in the era (1960's) of going to a nice supper club for dinner ment a nice relish tray before dinner that always included herring, radishes, cucumber, olives amd such. You can still find that in some places in the Wisconsin northwoods.
                 
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                  Zman

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                  RE: Herring for New Year's Wed, 12/27/06 6:33 PM (permalink)

                  OMG! When we were little my two Grandpas (Zemanek and Nussbaum) would come over on Xmas eve day to watch us four boys until my folks closed the grocery store that evening.

                  step #1. pop the tap into a keg of Blatz beer sitting in a galvanized tub with ice in the middle of the back room.
                  step #2. open a gallon jug of pickled herring with crackers.
                  step #3. turn on football game on TV.
                  step #4. send grandsons to retrieve more Blatz & herring as needed!

                  Herring was traditional in our family for all the holiday season.

                  I still LOVE the stuff, but lleechef says "Bleecchhh"
                   
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                    Doatsie82

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                    RE: Herring for New Year's Wed, 12/27/06 7:00 PM (permalink)
                    Half-Polish here. Herring at midnight is a must. Doatsie
                     
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                      Pwingsx

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                      RE: Herring for New Year's Wed, 12/27/06 11:44 PM (permalink)
                      I love herring in sour cream. When I mentioned it to my New Year's Eve party group as an appetizer suggestion, or a midnight tasting, you'd think I had suggested dog poop in sour cream. Geez.

                      Cretins.
                       
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                        NAY

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                        RE: Herring for New Year's Mon, 01/1/07 8:57 PM (permalink)
                        quote:
                        Originally posted by NYNM

                        I remember a tradition when I was growing up about eating herring for good luck around New YearsDay. Actually our variety was pickled herring and onions - (with or without cream) - straight from the jar - on saltines.

                        Who else knows this tradition?
                        This is wild. Today my mother had asked me if i had herring at midnight. She said that was a tradition in her family (German/Danish) So this evening i went searching for that tradtion. I had never heard of it before and i now know their are many ethinic "New Years Eve" traditions.
                         
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                          CajunKing

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                          RE: Herring for New Year's Wed, 01/3/07 3:53 PM (permalink)
                          I had some Pickled herring at midnight on NYE, yes it is a German tradition that is to bring good luck in the coming new year. LETS HOPE IT WORKS!
                           
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                            RICHARD CRYSTAL

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                            RE: Herring for New Year's Wed, 12/5/07 11:15 AM (permalink)
                            I grew up on herring and sour cream with onions! My grandmother would make it for most of the Jewish holidays. As a kid, I thought it was disgusting but now I love it! She would also make something called "honey herring". A friend of mine makes "pink herring" which is creamed herring with cranberry sauce! It sounds repulsive but it's delicious!!
                             
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                              ScreamingChicken

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                              RE: Herring for New Year's Mon, 12/17/07 1:25 PM (permalink)
                              My father-in-law is of Austrian descent and back when we would all get together at Christmas there was always herring in cream sauce as one of the appetizers. I'm not a big fan but would always have a couple of pieces, usually after a couple of one of his other Christmas Day traditions: a Rob Roy.

                              Brad
                               
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                                mayor al

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                                RE: Herring for New Year's Mon, 12/31/07 12:52 PM (permalink)
                                Janet thinks the Pickled Herring in wine sauce smell terrible !

                                HOWEVER, since she has to work New Years Day at 5 AM, I will sit here at the computer tonight at Mid-Nite to Welcome the New Year, with some of my Pickled Herring,and another "Good Luck" food item "Marshmallow Fluff"!

                                After a couple of Redneck Sours (Mtn.Dew & Knob Creek) those two snack foods really mix well!
                                 
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                                  the grillman

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                                  RE: Herring for New Year's Mon, 12/31/07 12:59 PM (permalink)
                                  I love pickled herring; although I prefer the wine sauce, I’ll eat the sour cream sauce also. My wife of course, thinks it’s suitable only for the cat.

                                  Very good with a beer, and some rye crackers…..sometimes I’ll add extra onions to the jar a day or two ahead of time, as I don’t think there are ever enough in the jar.

                                  Sam’s is a good place to buy a big jar of the wine sauce variety, although most of the grocery stores in our area carry it, too.
                                   
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                                    jerseygirl127

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                                    RE: Herring for New Year's Mon, 12/31/07 3:15 PM (permalink)
                                    quote:
                                    Originally posted by NYNM

                                    I remember a tradition when I was growing up about eating herring for good luck around New YearsDay. Actually our variety was pickled herring and onions - (with or without cream) - straight from the jar - on saltines.

                                    Who else knows this tradition?


                                    I DO.. my father made sure that my mother had gotten some before new years so that we could all share the jar (same way you ate them-- onions with or without cream) and make a new years wish for good luck.. i have tried to get my kids to continue that tradition but-- they want NO PART OF HERRING... guess i'll just get all the luck then huh??
                                    thanks for that memory..

                                    ~~~jerseygirl~~~
                                     
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                                      ann peeples

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                                      RE: Herring for New Year's Mon, 12/31/07 3:40 PM (permalink)
                                      I always have both-pickled and sour cream herring.Two jars in the fridge right now( although I have already opened them!)Al-did you happen to pick up any of the local herring from Milwaukee( Ma Bensch)when you were here??If not, what brand are you able to get??
                                       
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                                        mayor al

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                                        RE: Herring for New Year's Mon, 12/31/07 4:13 PM (permalink)
                                        Ann,
                                        No the Costco (and Walmart) brand is "VITA", the only difference between the two markets is the size of the container..8 oz at WalMart and 2 lbs at Costco
                                         
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                                          ann peeples

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                                          RE: Herring for New Year's Mon, 12/31/07 4:16 PM (permalink)
                                          Vita is good-have had that as well..
                                           
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                                            CajunKing

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                                            RE: Herring for New Year's Tue, 01/1/08 6:10 PM (permalink)
                                            quote:
                                            Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

                                            Janet thinks the Pickled Herring in wine sauce smell terrible !

                                            HOWEVER, since she has to work New Years Day at 5 AM, I will sit here at the computer tonight at Mid-Nite to Welcome the New Year, with some of my Pickled Herring,and another "Good Luck" food item "Marshmallow Fluff"!

                                            After a couple of Redneck Sours (Mtn.Dew & Knob Creek) those two snack foods really mix well!


                                            Al - ARE YOU PREGNANT????

                                            Pickled Herring and Marshmellow fluff??
                                             
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                                              JakerDog

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                                              RE: Herring for New Year's Wed, 01/2/08 4:16 PM (permalink)
                                              Oh yeah, creamed with onions, and nice tall glass of Dr Browns Celray soda. Good stuff!
                                               
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                                                RICHARD CRYSTAL

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                                                RE: Herring for New Year's Thu, 01/3/08 7:36 AM (permalink)
                                                Oy, delicious! What about something called honey herring? Is anyone else familiar with that???
                                                 
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                                                  santacruz

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                                                  RE: Herring for New Year's Thu, 01/10/08 2:31 PM (permalink)
                                                  Had smoked Herring this New Years Eve. I love the Herring in Sour Cream sauce. I like it on Finncrisp Rye flat bread. It is a good way to start off the New Year.
                                                   
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                                                    Ron-NY

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                                                    RE: Herring for New Year's Mon, 01/2/12 8:32 PM (permalink)
                                                    smoked herring is called Kippers if smoked with the fish split and if fish whole I think they are called bloaters... mmm love pickled herring in wine sauce
                                                     
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                                                      ann peeples

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                                                      RE: Herring for New Year's Mon, 01/2/12 9:02 PM (permalink)
                                                      Had both pickled herring, and in cream sauce for New Years-yum!
                                                       
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                                                        jeepguy

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                                                        RE: Herring for New Year's Tue, 01/3/12 3:44 AM (permalink)
                                                        Also a tradition in my family. 
                                                         
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