It’s almost Chinese New Year, and if you’d like to celebrate, I have a few ideas for you. I should add right up front that my knowledge about this is pretty much based off a Wikipedia entry, and while we know everything on the internet is accurate, if you’d like to correct any of my information or add to it, feel free! *I used italics there in case you have disabled the sarcasm detector on your computer.
The Chinese New Year is sometimes called the Lunar New Year, and because it’s based around the cycles of the moon, the date changes. This year it begins on February 3rd.
Want to get crafty to celebrate? Here is a slideshow of favorites from Kaboose. Below each image is an option to click for instructions. I think even I could handle the paper plate rabbit.
I’d also suggest a quick stop by your library. I just know your clever librarian has already pulled some titles that would be excellent to share.
If you cook up great Chinese dishes, I’d love to hear about them. Around here, Chinese means take-out. One tip I learned years ago is to get a bag of chopped, frozen cauliflower (or fresh, I ‘spose) and stir it into your entrees. It won’t be noticeable, and besides making the dishes a bit healthier, it will stretch the meal. I read this in a magazine-it might have been Real Simple-but I’m not sure. If it sounds familiar to any of you, chime in!