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to celebrate

The lunar new year is almost here (15 minutes!). Our friends left a little while ago, full on food, dessert, conversation, laughs, friendship. No recipe tonight, but I’ll include links to recipes for the dishes I served. Then you can sit back and scroll through the day in pictures. Gong xi fa tsai! Jing nian quai le. Wung shir ru i.

the menu
scallion pancakes
chinese potstickers
hot pot
rui tsai (lucky ten ingredient vegetables)
chocolate bags

beautiful new snow this morning

upside down character for luck (fu) – luck arrives at our front door

fruit and a red envelope, for my late sister

wrapping dumplings

rolling dumpling skins

oh, let’s make another plate – i’ll bet they’ll be hungry

the puppy arrived!

so little and cute

kaweah doesn’t know what to do with such a tiny pal

ready for some hot pot: sliced flank steak

lucky vegetable dish and pot stickers

beth is a pro with the chopsticks

andrew tucks into his new year’s eve meal

puppy konked out after all of the play – sooo tired

but she woke right up when we let kaweah out of the office

someone is going to sleep very well tonight

47 nibbles at “to celebrate”

  1. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Happy Niu Year to you, too. Yeah, I have been too busy myself and haven’t had time to keep up with your blogs and others; hopefully, I will have more time this year.

  2. Rosa says:

    What wonderful pictures! The new puppy is soooooo cute! I love these shots with both Kaweah and the puppy…

    Gong Xi Fa Cai!



  3. Meeta says:

    NAppy New Year Jen! Adorable pics and I just love the Chinese Fondue evening!

  4. Meeta says:

    I mean Happy!!! I have not had a drop I swear!

  5. Pearl says:

    Happy new year to you, too!

  6. deeba says:

    Ha ha Meeta…LOL! HNY Jen…gorgeous pictures & a real cute liuttle doggy!

  7. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary says:

    Happy New Year. I love to see and learn about tradition in every culture. Loved your post.

  8. Culinarywannabe says:

    How precious!! What did you name him/her?? Happy New Year!

  9. Amy says:

    Happy New Year, Jen! The food looked great and how fun for Kaweah to have a visit from the little pup.

  10. Margie says:

    Every last bit of this is precious. (This was such a lovely tribute to your sis, too/) Celebrating, remembering, enjoying and sharing.
    Happiest of New Year to you, Jen!

  11. Kitt says:

    What delicious fun! I hope Kaweah thought the puppy was fun, too. It looks like it!

    I should have a jiaozi party one of these days, instead of just breaking down and getting frozen ones to sate my craving.

    Xin nian kuai le! Hua xue kuai le! (That’s “Happy skiing!”)

  12. Nicki says:

    Happy Moo Year to you too! Those are really some wonderful pictures, makes me really wanna taste some of your dumplings right now!

    Wishing you lots of prosperity, luck and health in the new year! :)

  13. Marija says:

    Happy New Year Jen!

  14. Jenny says:

    Happy New Year – I love that puppy! (I love Kaweah too) but that puppy…so cute!

  15. charlane says:

    so good – looks like a warm and wonderful time.

  16. heather says:

    can’t get enough of your fabulous pictures and stories! love visiting. launched my own food blog earlier this week and would love if you dropped in!



  17. Anita says:

    Happy New Year, Jen! Wow, I am always in envy of your very lucky dinner guests! Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!

  18. YDavis says:

    Gong Xi Fa Cai! Nian Nian You Ye!

  19. Rita says:

    Happy New Lunar year to you! Lovely pics. The hot pot looks like something my husband would loooooove….

  20. Melissa says:

    Happy New Year!

  21. Kathy says:

    A Happy and & Healthy New Year to you!

  22. rose says:

    oh this is wonderful! i can’t believe in between your hectic days, you still prepare full steam chinese new year specialties! how lovely those goodies… reminds me of the new years we had when we were young; the food; the red envelopes, the new dress, the visits to the relatives; you did a wonderful job; your pals are very lucky!
    as to kaweah’s new companion; wish you all the best; lots of luck, happiness, companionship and good health.
    GONG XI to all

  23. Aran says:

    Happy new year Jen! What a great spread of food… the dogs had a blast didn’t they? Adorable!

  24. Chiot's Run says:

    Happy New Year – what a cute little puppy.

  25. barbara says:

    Happy New Year Jen. Looks like a lovely celebration with good friends.

  26. Tony says:

    Happy new year, Jen!! There’s nothing like ringing in the new year with delicious food, great friends and playful puppies, of course :)
    random: did I tell you I tried a 1000 year old egg a couple months ago? I remember you did a post about it a while back and I thought of you. By itself I wasn’t a huge fan, but it was more doable paired with a piece of bread. My friend (who brought me the egg) got a kick at watching my facial expressions while I tried it :)

  27. Asianmommy says:

    Happy Chinese New Year! I simply love hot pot.

  28. Steph says:

    Happy New Year! I hope your year is as lovely as the photos in this post, and just as full as friends, loved ones and PUPPIES :)

  29. Passionate Eater says:

    Happy new year of the ox! Did you put a coin inside the dumplings? I love your dumpling posts, and how you share the wonderful food of your culture with your friends. And Kaweah made a tiny friend! It is going to be a great year.

  30. Nate says:

    Happy Niu Year!

  31. Fiona says:

    What a nice dinner. Yum + fun.

    Happy New Year.

  32. Beth says:

    Sonora’s STILL tired! She’s been sleeping all day! And I’m STILL full! … except maybe if there was a chocolate bag around….

    Thanks SOOOOO much for the good eats and good company, Jen. Sorry to y’all who just have to experience it through pictures…

  33. SimplePleasure says:

    Happy Chinese New Year to you too Jen!

    Cute little puppy!

    Love reading fellow Chinese because I didn’t realize it before that our Chinese rituals and traditions are different from others and for them it’s something different while for me its just the way we were raised.

  34. Lisa says:

    OMFG – doggies and Chinese food? What in the world is better than that?!!! I would be in heaven!!

    As I type this I’m boiling red beans on the stove for a late dessert (Mike got back from his travels today so I did a mini-Chinese meal for him tonight). I guess I can eat the red bean soup, hug Lucca and it’s almost the same, right?

    Hell no! :P


  35. Cynthia says:

    Gong Xi Fa Cai as the Hokkiens say… We ate out at this really dirty place with shitty service, but the Chinese food is good and cheap. Ay yo.

    I would love to be invited to your house someday, sigh… I would invite you to mine for Cinco de Mayo, Aye Dios Mio we would eat good.

  36. Tartelette says:

    Happy New Year Jen!

    Wow….that spread is just fantastic! I made a stir fry in your honor tonight and the scallion pancakes…delicious! I love the red envelope for Kris and thank you for the explanations you gave me earlier about traditions.

    Oh and the puppies….melting my heart!

  37. Lindsey says:

    Happy New Year! Can I please be invited to your feast next year? I’d eat all the dumplings and hot pot I could get my hands on! That all looks SO good!

  38. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Happy new year, Jen!
    Wow, that is such a wonderful feast! The Chinese part of my family (my sister-in-law, her hubby – the Chinese one – and their 3 kids) celebrated it going out for dinner. I don’t think they had anything nearly delicious as your menu! :D


  39. Chris says:

    Beautiful jiaozi pleating. And what a spread!
    Happy Niu Year! =]

  40. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy says:

    What a wonderful feast! Everything looks so delicious. You’ve made my mouth water and I can’t even fix myself a snack because I’m laid up with an injured ankle. No fair!

    That sweet puppy is beyond adorable! What a cutie! Kaweah looks a little shellshocked, though! ;)

  41. bee says:

    happy new year, jen. the puppy is adorable.

  42. Mollie says:

    Love the day in pictures! Happy New Year and lots of luck to you all…

  43. jenyu says:

    Everyone – Happy New Year! Thanks so much for the new year greetings and good wishes! Just fyi – that is not our new puppy. It’s our friends’ new puppy (but she sure is cute, isn’t she?!) Her name is Sonora.

    Meeta – *sure* you haven’t had a drop ;) xxoo

    Aran – yes, I think the dogs had a *great* time! Thanks!

    Tony – you are braver than I, my dear. I can only stomach those eggs with soy sauce and lots of tofu and other goodies. Good on ya for trying it :)

    Passionate Eater – no, I don’t do the coins in the dumplings because the last thing I need is more dental work – ha!

    BethBeth – !!! So glad you guys could come up. It was great fun. Sonora is such a good pup. We’ll have to do more fun stuff soon :) xxoo

    Lisa – I bought some red beans at the Korean store, but haven’t figured out what I’m going to do with them ;) Hope you guys celebrated and had a great time!

    Tartelette – Oh, I knew you’d spank those scallion pancakes! Easy peasy, right? Can’t wait to cook some Chinese food for you someday :)

    Susan – sweetie pie, I am so sorry about your ankle. You totally need to chuck those heels and get some practical footwear. I promise you can still wear Italian, like La Sportiva or Scarpa ;) xxoo Get well soon.

  44. Botacook says:

    I would have liked to taste this fantastic chinese feast! These pictures make me hungry ;)

  45. jenyu says:

    Botacook – thanks :)

  46. Maggie says:

    Awww! The puppy is adorable!! Fantastic looking dumplings as well.

  47. jenyu says:

    Maggie – the puppy is totally cute ;) Thanks!

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