All materials courtesy of: Kikkoman
26, you've got a whole new reason - and a whole new season - to
celebrate. It's the start of the 15-day Chinese New Year festival
and the first day of lunar year 4707, the Year of the Ox.
Year is all about spectacle, from the fireworks and dancing dragons
to the fabulous food. That's why it's a holiday anyone can enjoy
... and a perfect time to host a party with a surefire theme and
plenty of crowd-pleasing surprises.
For most home cooks, the biggest surprise of all is that
Chinese cooking can be both fun and easy. The secret is to start
with foolproof recipes and high-quality, authentic sauces that
do most of the heavy lifting for you.
And the good
news is, they're no further away than the Asian section of your
supermarket, where you'll find all kinds of ready-to-use Kikkoman
sauces. In addition to the traditional flavors of teriyaki, sweet
and sour and soy sauce, try some of the more exotic options such
as the citrus-spiked soy sauce known as Ponzu. They're all made
right here in the United States with North American ingredients,
expertly blended and balanced for authentic Asian flavor.
From the décor and color scheme to the food, Chinese
New Year is rich in beautiful symbols. If you've got a round table,
this is the time to use it, because it is a sign of wholeness.
Decorate it with red and gold accents to represent good luck and
- in dishes such as Wonton Soup and silky Sesame Ginger Noodles
- stand for longevity. Roasted Duck is a traditional New Year
favorite, its golden color symbolizing good fortune for the year
ahead. And Steamed Fish is a centuries-old sign of abundance.
Supplement the meal with other symbolic foods, such as:
-store-bought pot stickers or spring rolls (said to bring prosperity
because they resemble gold ingots)
-a bowl of tangerines or oranges (their Chinese names sound like
the words for "luck" and "wealth")
-fortune cookies to go with dessert - you can even insert your
own customized fortunes for the year ahead.
For more Chinese New Year entertaining tips and recipes, download
Kikkoman's official Chinese New Year Celebration Guide at kikkomanusa.com.
Makes 4 servings
1 (4 to 5-pound) fresh or thawed duckling, quartered
3 tablespoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons dry sherry
1 tablespoon five-spice powder*
1 tablespoon powdered ginger
1 teaspoon ground pepper
Heat oven to 350°F. Rinse duckling; drain and pat dry. Discard
excess fat; pierce skin thoroughly with fork. Combine soy sauce,
sherry, five-spice, ginger and pepper in large bowl. Add duckling;
rub with mixture and let stand 30 minutes.
Place on rack in shallow roasting pan, skin side up. Roast 1 hour
and 10 minutes. Remove from oven; drain off pan drippings. Turn
oven temperature to broil and raise oven rack 4 to 5 inches from
heat source. Broil duckling 2 to 3 minutes or until skin is crisp.
*If five-spice powder is not available, combine 1 teaspoon crushed
fennel seed, 1/2 teaspoon crushed anise seed, and 1/2 teaspoon
each ground cinnamon, cloves and ginger.
Steamed Fish With Hot Oil
Makes 2 to 3 servings
3/4 pound sole fillets
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, slivered
2 green onions, slivered
1 tablespoon Kikkoman Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon dry sherry
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Arrange fish on heatproof plate that fits in bamboo steamer or
on wire rack placed in large skillet with cover. Sprinkle ginger
and green onions evenly over fish.
sauce, sherry and sesame oil in small bowl. Pour enough water
into wok or skillet to come about 1 inch below steamer or rack;
bring to boil. Place plate in steamer or on rack. Cover and steam
2 to 3 minutes, or until fish flakes easily when tested with fork.
Drain off liquid from plate; keep fish warm.
oil in small saucepan until very hot; drizzle evenly over fish.
Immediately top with soy sauce mixture.
Makes 4 servings
1 pound uncooked fresh Chinese-style thin egg
noodles, spaghetti, vermicelli or linguine
1/4 cup Kikkoman Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup sliced green onions and tops
2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt; drain,
rinse under cold water and drain thoroughly.
Combine soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, sugar, cornstarch and water.
Heat vegetable 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 a boil. Add noodles; cook,
stirring, 1 minute or until sauce returns to boil and noodles
are evenly coated with sauce. Remove from heat. Add sesame oil
and sesame seeds; toss well to combine.
1/4 pound lean ground pork
2 ounces medium raw shrimp, peeled, deveined
2 tablespoons minced green onions and tops
4 teaspoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce, divided
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
24 wonton wrappers
3 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth
1/4 cup dry sherry
1/2 pound bok choy
2 tablespoons chopped green onions and tops
1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
Combine pork, shrimp, minced green onions, 2 teaspoons soy sauce,
cornstarch and ginger in medium bowl; mix well.
several wonton wrappers on clean surface; cover remaining wrappers
to prevent drying out. Place 1 teaspoon pork mixture in center
of each wrapper. Fold wrapper over filling to form a triangle.
Gently fold center point down and moisten left corner with water.
Twist and overlap opposite corner over moistened corner; press
firmly to seal. Repeat with remaining pork mixture and wrappers.
4 cups water to boil in large saucepan. Add wontons. Simmer 3
minutes; remove with slotted spoon. Discard water; pour broth
and sherry into same saucepan. Cut bok choy crosswise into 1/2-inch
slices, separating stems from leaves. Add stems to broth mixture;
bring to boil.
wontons; simmer 1 minute. Add bok choy leaves and chopped green
onions; simmer 1 minute longer. Remove from heat; stir in remaining
2 teaspoons soy sauce and sesame oil. Serve immediately.
Did You Know?
The term "Wonton" comes from the Chinese phrase swallowing
a saying that charity begins at home. And when it comes to raising
children to be generous, giving people, that expression is quite
clubs, religious organizations, nonprofit organizations and civic
groups often involve students in fundraising efforts or donation
drives, but the best way to raise caring kids is to be a caring
role model at home. When it comes to volunteering or donating
money, for example, children are more likely to follow their parents'
lead. The Corporation for National and Community Service says
that nearly nine out of 10 young people who give their time have
parents and siblings who also volunteer.
corporations are also lending a hand to encourage and support
volunteerism by young people. One example is Build-A-Bear Workshop
and its Huggable Heroes program, which recognizes young people
between the ages of 7 and 18 who are giving back in their communities
and beyond, and rewards them with scholarships, charitable contributions,
networking opportunities and leadership training.
today are very aware of what's going on in the world and want
to make a difference and we wanted to create a program that recognized
their worthy efforts - large and small," said Maxine Clark,
founder and chief executive bear at Build-A-Bear Workshop. "We've
found that the first step is often as simple as identifying a
problem and taking action to resolve it." And it doesn't
always have to be about raising money.
it's deciding to collect suitcases to give to foster children
after seeing them carrying their belongings in a trash bag, or
working to assemble packs filled with goodies and school supplies
to send to children whose lives have been torn apart by a natural
disaster, kids are finding creative ways to solve problems.
are just a few real world examples of young people making a tremendous
difference in the lives of others. Here are some easy ways to
help your children put their feelings into action and develop
a lifestyle of caring.
them choose a cause.
Children are more likely to stay with something they are really
interested in. Whether it's working with animals, bettering the
environment, reading, the arts or sports, help them find volunteer
areas that they'll enjoy. Does your teenage son love soccer? Perhaps
he can coach a team of underprivileged kids. Does your daughter
love animals? Maybe she can start a drive to raise funds and supplies
for a local rescue shelter.
it a family affair.
Doing something together can bring the whole family closer together.
-Volunteer as a family to rake the neighbor's yard, help sort
food at a food bank, or set up a lemonade stand or a bake sale
to raise money for a cause your family is passionate about.
a child through an international organization that provides clothing,
food and education for children. Your family will get pictures
and updates about that child, and you can take turns writing him
or her letters.
a family fundraising goal for the year. Decide as a family to
raise a certain amount to support a specific cause. Keep a big
jar on the kitchen counter so that everyone can drop in their
spare change and parts of monthly allowances to help meet that
goal. At the end of the year, count it all up and turn it in together.
-A growing number of children are engaging their friends in charity
work by turning birthday parties into opportunities to serve.
Instead of everyone bringing presents, they bring a toy to donate
to children in need or new clothing for a homeless shelter. Everyone
still has a great time with games and cake, and they feel great
knowing they've helped someone else.
fun way to let kids help other kids is to host a charity bear-making
party. Schedule a birthday party at a Build-A-Bear Workshop store
with the goal of having the children make special animals that
they will donate to a children's hospital. To make the giving
even more special, they can make one of several stuffed animals
that give back - sales support animal shelters nationwide, the
World Wildlife Fund, First Book and other children's literacy
initiatives, or children's health and wellness programs.
are thousands of young people taking action and making a difference
every day. Some of them receive recognition but the best reward
they get is seeing how they're making their world a better place.
speak louder than words. Help your kids make a difference by taking
Wanted - Extraordinary Kids
Do you know a young person who is making a big difference in the
community, neighborhood, school or around the world?
year, thousands of people help identify the best young leaders
in the United States and Canada by nominating them to be a Build-A-Bear
Workshop Huggable Hero.
year, 12 young people between the ages of 7 and 18 will be selected
and named Huggable Heroes. Each will receive an education scholarship
and donation to the 501(c)(3) charity of his/her choice.
will be accepted from January 16 through February 27, 2009. Nominate
a candidate online or download an entry form by visiting www.buildabear.com/huggableheroes.
You can also pick up an entry form at any Build-A-Bear Workshop
store in the U.S. and Canada.
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