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celebrate the Chinese 
ew year By Flannery M. Higgins
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You might also want to consider purchasing several yards of fabric printed with Chinese characters. Use the fabric as a wall hanging, as a table covering, or as a way to cover accent pillows. And, if you’re lucky enough to live in a town with a large Chinese-American community, be sure to make a trip to your local Chinatown or to visit specialty Asian shops.

Decorations, of course, are only one part of your preparation. There are other simple details that will help to set the mood for the party. Music is an absolute necessity. Chinese music can be soothing and beautiful, providing the perfect background sounds for your feast. Raid the music collection at your local library, and get authentic music without increasing your expenses. Or use the web to find good sources of information about Chinese music and culture. Start your search at sites such as CultureofChina.com, China-on-site.com, and Chineseculture.about.com.


Food + Drink
The most important part of your party will be the food. Keep the menu simple but delicious. If your cooking talents include Asian cuisine, try your hand at some of our recipes for Scallion Pancakes (try the quick and easy version, in the sidebar to the right, or for you more adventurous cooks, have a go at a more traditional method), Dumplings, and an Americanized dish called "Ants Climbing Trees" (the recipe appears on the next page.) Or make some Steamed Chicken Buns (check out the recipe from Yan Can Cook). 


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. . Scallion Pancakes (Quick and easy version)
2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 ½ c. water
1 tsp. sesame oil
4 large scallions, chopped
dash hot chili oil (optional)

Mix ingredients together to create a thick batter. Oil a skillet. Cook pancakes in small batches. Allow the pancakes to cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and blot excess oil on paper towel. Serve warm with soy sauce or Chinese Black Bean sauce.

Check out the more traditional method of making Scallion Pancakes too!


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