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celebrate the Chinese 
ew year By Flannery M. Higgins
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If youíre not up to cooking an entire feast all by yourself, supplement your homemade goods with an assortment of appetizers from a local restaurant. Remember that everyone loves finger-foods like egg rolls, spring rolls, and dumplings. Chinese barbecued pork, available at many grocery stores, also makes excellent ready-made fare -- simply buy, slice, then serve with spicy mustard and sesame seeds. And, of course, donít forget those fortune cookies.

Make set-up simple by creating a buffet area where guests can see all their food options at once. Sturdy red paper plates, red plastic cups, and chopsticks will maintain your Chinese theme and make post-party clean-up a cinch. For beverages, plan to provide green tea, soda, and Tsing-Tao beer. Tsing-Tao is a popular authentic Chinese beer, and no surprise, pairs perfectly with Chinese food. You may have to go to a specialty liquor store, but itís worth the effort of tracking some down.

After dinner, head to the movie theatre to see the new hit movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Or wrap up the party by renting some classic kung-fu movies, or maybe a Chinese comedy like The Wedding Banquet.

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Above all, may you enjoy a healthy and prosperous New Year. Or as the Cantonese say, Gong Hay Fat Choy!


Flannery Higgins lives in Maine. She aspires to throw great parties and be a perfect hostess.

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8 ounces of minced pork
2 tbsps. soy sauce
1 tbsp. dry sherry
1 tbsp. corn starch
3 tablespoons Vegetable oil
2 spring onions
4 tbsps. Szechwan bean sauce
1 tsp. sugar
3 oz. Cellophane noodles (soak noodles in water for 20 minutes prior to use)
ľ pint fat-free chicken broth
hot chili oil to taste (optional)

Mix meat, soy sauce, sherry and cornstarch. Heat oil in a wok or skillet. When oil is hot, add onion and meat mixture. Stir-in bean sauce and sugar. Once meat is cooked through add cellophane noodles and chicken broth. Bring mix to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Continue cooking until most of the stock has been absorbed by the cellophane noodles. Serve hot.

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