Food Fun and Facts Chinese New Year Menu and Chinese Recipes

Chinese New Year Menus and Chinese Recipes

In 2005, Chinese New Year is Celebrated on February 9, 2005 and it is the Year of the Rooster!

In 2006, Chinese New Year is Celebrated on
January 29th and is the Year of the Dog!

In 2007, Chinese New Year is Celebrated on February 18th and is The Year of the Pig.
If you were born in 1923, 1935,1947, 1959, 1971, 1983 or 1995, your Sign is the Pig!

Chinese New Years is a 15-day long celebration of family, fun, and good luck.

Chinese New Year 2010 is on February 14th and is the Year of the Tiger.

Chinese New Year 2011 is on February 3rd and is The year of the Rabbit.

Chinese New year 2012 is on January 23rd, 2012 and is The Year of the Dragon

Chinese New Year Candy

Try Dressing up your home with the paper Chinese Lanterns!

Also use small white Christmas Lights intertwined with the Lanterns.Makes a nice effect.

What to Serve on Chinese New Year?

If you are having open house on Chinese New Years, and would like to serve something different, try this menu!

Instead of Wine, serve Sake!

A Chinese New Year Menu would Include:

Steamed Buns
Sweet and Sour Pork
Shrimp Terriyaki
Mushrooms (Marinated)
Pork Fried Rice
Beef, with Peppers, Onions and Pea Pods
Tempura (either Beef or Chicken or Shrimp
Vegetable Lo Mein
Fortune Cookies
Chinese Tea

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A Great Takeout Meal at Home
(Family Features) This weekend, elevate dinner at home by recreating a tasty takeout dish in the comfort of your own kitchen. Rather than reaching for the phone, roll up your sleeves and prepare an easy beef dish with exotic spices and a fun dipping sauce.

Chinese Beef Pot Stickers blend the classic flavors of ginger and soy sauce with savory, affordable lean ground beef - and with an umami-rich dipping sauce, your family and friends will be craving seconds.

Find new ways to enjoy a great night in with more beef recipes and additional dipping sauce recipes at

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Recipe for Chinese Beef Pot Stickers with Maple-Wasabi Dipping Sauce


  • 1 pound ground beef (95% lean)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1-1/3 cups finely chopped button mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 40 wonton wrappers (3 1/4 to 3 1/2-inch squares or 3 1/2-inch rounds)
  • 2 cups water, divided
Maple-Wasabi Sauce Dipping Sauce Recipe

  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon wasabi paste
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • Preparation

    1. Prepare dipping sauce, combine ingredients in small bowl. Makes about 2/3 cup. Set aside.
    2. Heat oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add mushrooms and garlic; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until tender and liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat. Transfer to large bowl; stir in green onions, ginger and pepper. Cool to room temperature. Add ground beef and soy sauce; mix lightly but thoroughly.
    3. Spoon 1 level tablespoon beef mixture in center of 1 wonton wrapper. (Keep remaining wonton wrappers covered with clean, damp kitchen towel to prevent drying out.) Moisten edges of wonton wrapper with fingertip dipped in water. Fold wrapper diagonally in half, sealing edges and pressing out air. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. Repeat with remaining wonton wrappers and filling to form 40 pot stickers.
    4. Wipe out same 12-inch nonstick skillet; spray liberally with nonstick cooking spray. Heat over medium heat until hot. Arrange 10 pot stickers in single layer in skillet; pan-fry 4 minutes, turning once. Carefully add 1/2 cup water. Cover; cook 2 to 3 minutes. Remove pot stickers; keep warm. Repeat with remaining pot stickers. (Wipe out skillet and spray with additional cooking spray between batches to prevent sticking.)
    5. Serve pot stickers with dipping sauce.


      Preparation Time:
      1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours

      The Beef Checkoff

      Completely You: Lifestyle - Beat the Winter Blues

      By Sharon Liao for Completely You

      Living a healthy, active lifestyle gets harder when the temperatures drop and you suddenly feel the winter blues coming on. Instead of holing up for months, incorporate these seven easy tweaks into your daily routine, and soon your happy days will be back again.

      Winter Blues Remedy No. 1: Listen to Music.
      Whether youre a fan of Michael Jackson or Michael Buble, play one of their most cheerful songs today. According to a recent British study, people who listened to an uplifting song felt happier after just 15 seconds.

      Winter Blues Remedy No 2: Get Sun Exposure.
      A lack of sunlight can disrupt the bodys sleep-wake cycle, says Michael Terman, director of the Center for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. That can lead to sluggishness and depression. Get your body back in sync by soaking up sunlight first thing in the morning. Raise the blinds, eat breakfast in a sunny room or walk a lap around the block before heading into the office. If you?re feeling particularly blue, you may want to consider investing in a light therapy box, a device that mimics sunshine. They typically cost between $100 and $200.

      Winter Blues Remedy No. 3: Go Outside.
      Bundle up for a short stroll in a park or on a tree-lined street. Exercising in nature for a mere five minutes is enough to lift your spirits, say researchers from Britain?s University of Essex. Stuck in a snowdrift? Spend some time next to a window that overlooks the backyard. Other research reveals that simply gazing at the great outdoors can increase energy and improve your outlook.

      Winter Blues Remedy No. 4: Enhance Your Sleep.
      After you brush your teeth, wash your face and set the alarm, add this move to your bedtime ritual: Lie with your legs leaning up against the wall. This move relieves stress and boosts circulation, so you can sleep soundly and feel refreshed the next day, says Jamie Segal Hanley, a yoga instructor and owner of Elevate Yoga in Hazlet, N.J. Start by rolling up a blanket and placing it lengthwise next to a wall. Sit on the blanket with your left side against the wall, knees bent toward your chest. Using your arms for support, place your shoulders on the ground while pivoting your feet up the wall. Inhale and exhale -- to the count of six -- for five to 15 minutes.

      Winter Blues Remedy No. 5: Exercise.
      Before you make plans with your couch and remote, consider this: A recent study from The University of Vermont shows that exercise can give you that post-workout glow for up to 12 hours. You dont have to go for a grueling run in the snow to reap those benefits. Exercisers got that effect from just 20 minutes of moderate cycling on a stationary bike.

      Winter Blues Remedy No. 6: Eat Nuts.
      Walnuts, along with flax and fatty fish, are high in omega-3s, says Sharon Richter, a registered dietitian in New York City. These healthy fats -- which are found in brain cells -- have been linked to assuaging symptoms of depression, so toss some nuts in your salad. Plus, the folic acid in spinach can also chase away the blues. For an even bigger boost, pair your salad with a whole-grain roll. Carbs increase the production of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin,? says Richter.

      Winter Blues Remedy No. 7: Smile!
      Just the act of lifting the corners of your mouth immediately improves your mood, according to many studies, including recent research published in the journal Emotion.

      What are your favorite remedies for a case of the winter blues? Share below or join the conversation @Completely_You 

      is an award-winning health editor and writer who has been on staff at Prevention, Fitness, and Reader's Digest magazines. She has contributed to Seventeen and Weight Watchers Magazine, as well as The Intellectual Devotional: Health.

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