January 20, 1998
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The powerful tiger takes over lunar ruling from the diligent ox Wednesday, Jan. 28, marking the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Whatever occurs on this day will set the tone for the rest of the year, which is why it's important to focus on good luck and good fortune. A central part of this tradition is food.
Busy families can enjoy the promise of a flavorful New Year with recipes that rely on simple, traditional ingredients.
One good luck food served at the Chinese New Year is pork. Cubes and strips are perfect for stir-frying dishes, while chops and tenderloins work for grilling. Pork is done when the meat is tender and juicy and reads 160 degrees on an internal meat thermometer.