Cooking with Hope: Celebrate the Year of the Horse with these recipes

Cooking with Hope

Buy egg rolls at a local Chinese restaurant for an easy appetizer to an Asian dinner menu.

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Published: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 02:26 PM.

Happy Chinese New Year! It is the Year of the Horse. People who are born under this sign are said to be cheerful, be skillful with money, and are very perceptive. They are said to be independent and may not listen to advice. They are thought to be wise, have many talents, are good with their hands, and like entertainment and large crowds.

To make a Chinese dinner menu easy, purchase the egg rolls at the local Chinese restaurant. If store-bought soup is desired try the house special, egg drop wonton soup or hot pot soup, if they have it. An appetizer, soup, vegetable dish, fried rice, and an entrée will make a pleasant dinner. A simple dessert may be added — ice cream with pineapple chunks goes very well with Chinese food.

You may already have Chinese five spice in your pantry; now is the time to use it again. Many of these recipes use that spice, if you don’t have it just use a combination of cinnamon, anise, ginger, clove powder and licorice root for the seasoning, or any combination of these.



Carrots, Ginger and Pot Sticker Soup

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