11 Traditional Chinese New Year Foods to Make to Ring in the Year of the Ox

Most Americans consider the new year to have started on January 1. But for many Asians and Asian-Americans, that’s not the case. Lunar New Year, most commonly associated in the U.S. with Chinese New Year, begins on February 12, 2021 (which is the Year of the Ox in Chinese zodiac, BTW). Also called Spring Festival in most of mainland China, Lunar New Year starts on the night of the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is a bit shorter than the 365-day solar year. The 16-day festival season is celebrated with lots of Chinese New Year food that’s prepared, served and eaten in symbolic ways.

It all begins with the reunion dinner, which is basically a big family feast where everyone gathers to spend time together and share their wishes for health, happiness and prosperity in the year ahead. It’s arguably the most popular festivity, with people

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Congressional report finds toxic metals in baby food brands

Lake Success-based organic and natural foods maker Hain Celestial is one of several companies cited in a congressional report as having high levels of toxic metals in their baby food.

A congressional investigation found levels of arsenic, lead and other toxic metals that can harm brain development in many popular baby foods, including organic brands, according to the report released last week.

The Hain Celestial Group Inc. said the report is based on outdated information that does not reflect its current practices. The company’s brands include the Earth’s Best Organic line of food and other products for babies and older children.

Hain said it met with the FDA last year “to discuss how to better refine” its standards and practices. “Following the meeting, we took several steps to reduce the levels of heavy metals in our finished products – including no longer using brown rice in our products that

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13 Tastes: Where to eat for Chinese New Year in Las Vegas

Chinese New Year 2021 (also known as Lunar New Year) will be observed Feb. 12. Celebrations will continue through Feb. 26 around the world.

The following is a list of Las Vegas restaurants that are celebrating with special offerings:

1. Beijing Noodle No. 9 at Caesars Palace hotel-casino will offer a offer a special Year of the Ox Chinese New Year menu as an addition to its to-go menu. Highlights from the specialty to-go menu include:

  • Double Boiled Pork Soup with Dry Oyster and Fatt Choy for $26.99
  • Poached Chicken with Ginger Sauce (Half Chicken) for $23.99
  • Wok Fried Sweet and Spicy Fish Fillet for $32.99
  • Steamed Santa Barbara Prawn with Chinese Wine (1 lb) for $129.99
  • Abalone Stir Fried with Bean Sprout, Carrot, Chive and Celery for $168.99
  • Steamed Coral Cod with Scallion (market price)
  • Pan Fried Sweet Rice Cake for $18.99
  • Sweet Red Bean Soup with Glutinous Rice
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Pandemic Has More Families Finding Themselves In Need Of Food For The First Time

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – As the economy continues to struggle, the hunger crisis grows for millions of families, with many finding themselves in need for the first time.

Plenty of organizations are stepping in to help.

As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports, on the Lower East Side, the need for food has become urgent, and organizations are pooling their resources to distribute it as quickly as they can.

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“Volunteers, resources, food trucks, forklifts. Whatever is needed so we can get the job done,” one person said.

ARE YOU RUNNING OUT OF FOOD?

A study by Feeding America estimates that, nationwide, some 50 million Americans, including 17 million children, may experience food insecurity.

People who cam to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on the East Side were given two boxes of food.

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