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中文食谱: 椒盐熏鸭

We recently bought an electric smoker which, after a few uses, has proven to be a great toy for foodies like my husband and me.   After smoking ribs, brisket, chicken wings, chicken, duck...since the day it was delivered to our house, smoked duck with sea salt and Sichuan peppercorns became one of our favorites.

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Usually Labor Day marks the end of summer in Michigan.  A lot camping sites gradually shut down for the season after Labor Day.  However, it looks like we are having a longer summer in 2017.  A couple heat waves have brought over ninety degree hot days even weeks upon us. 

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Mid-autumn Day is a very important festival day for Chinese people.  It is kind of like thanks giving day.  It is a tradition for families and friends to get together on this day.  One of the traditional designated foods is mooncake.  Their round shape represents happiness and life fulfillment. 

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Haven’t baked any loaf lately since summer is here.  One day, out of nowhere, I had a sudden strong desire for a piece of soft and warm and fluffy freshly baked bread.   O(∩_∩)O~

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HOMEMADE NOODLE IN PORK BROTH AND CHILI OIL

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May 30th is the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival in 2017.  The festival is set according to the lunar calendar, so it comes on different days every year.  Mostly it is either May or June.

Rice dumplings are the most traditional food to have on this day.  I make rice dumplings every year too.  It is fun to make them; even more fun to eat them!

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I have done grilled skewed beef for so many times that I can do it right with my eyes closed O(∩_∩)O~  however, I am never getting tired of BBQ, neither is my husband.  We grill and BBQ at any chances when the weather allows. 

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What Asian people mean by chicken soup is quite different from American chicken soup.  Our chicken soup is more like broth with diced chicken in it with added herbs or vegetables.  Southern Chinese are known for their delicious and wide variety of soups. 

The soups my grandma usually made in her kitchen were chicken soup and pork rib soup.  I grew up eating them and now they are two of the most frequent soups I make in my kitchen too. 

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