Get set to party! "Chinese New Year, the first day of the first Chinese lunar month, falls on February 12 this year", writes Andrew Chase in the February 2002 issue of Canadian Living magazine. "It is the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar and festivities traditionally last up to 15 days. It always begins with a huge meal -- the best one can afford -- full of auspicious, symbolic ingredients." Start nibbling on Sweet and Savoury Pine Nuts and sample from an Assorted Cold Meat Platter. But don't fill up too much because you want to have room for the main event -- moist Chicken Braised with Chestnuts and Shiitake Mushrooms accompanied by Steamed Rice and Saut
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