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Chinese New Year feasting
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Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is celebration of renewal and coming prosperity. Create your own good fortune with personalized fortune cookies.
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch strips
10 to 12 ears canned whole baby corn, rinsed (optional)

1. Combine stir-fry sauce and garlic.
2. Cut asparagus crosswise into 2-inch pieces.
3. Heat oil in hot wok or large skillet over high heat. Add asparagus and onion; stir-fry 2 minutes. Add snow peas; stir-fry 2 minutes. Add red bell pepper; stir-fry 2 minutes. Add corn; stir-fry 1 minute.
4. Pour in stir-fry sauce mixture and cook, stirring, until vegetables are coated with sauce. Serve immediately.
5. Heat oil in hot wok or large skillet over high heat. Add green onions and stir-fry 10 seconds. Add soy sauce mixture; cook, stirring, until sauce comes to boil.
6. Add noodles; cook, stirring, 1 minute or until sauce returns to boil and noodles are evenly coated with sauce.
7. Remove from heat. Add sesame seed and oil; toss well to combine.

Classic Fried Rice
6 strips bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 egg, beaten
8 green onions and tops, sliced
4 cups cold, cooked rice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons soy sauce

1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Move bacon to the side of the pan; add egg and scramble. Move egg over and add green onions to the skillet; sauté for about a minute.
2. Stir in the rice, add garlic and soy sauce. Toss until mixture is well blended and heated through.

Snake Alley Noodles
3/4 pound uncooked spaghetti
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons dry sherry
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1 pound ground pork
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3/4 cup chopped green onions and tops
1/2 pound cooked baby shrimp, rinsed and drained

1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions, omitting salt; drain and keep warm. Meanwhile, combine soy sauce, sherry, cornstarch and 1 cup water.
2. Stir-fry pork with ginger, garlic and red pepper in hot wok or large skillet over medium heat, until pork is cooked.
3. Add green onions; stir-fry 1 minute. Add soy sauce mixture; cook and stir until mixture boils and thickens slightly. Stir in shrimp and heat through.
4. Pour over noodles and toss to combine.

Homemade Fortune Cookies
3 egg whites
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract


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