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Celebrating Chung Yeung

The Chung Yeung Festival (重阳节) falls on the ninth day of the ninth Chinese lunar month, which this year happened to be on a Saturday - October 28. I celebrated the day with friends in the Catskills; hiking in the woods, drinking chrysanthemum tea and sharing Chungyeung cake. Literally translated, the festival's name in Chinese means "double yang". In… Continue reading Celebrating Chung Yeung

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Unify under the Autumn Moon

The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated every year on August 15 of the Chinese lunar calendar (and falls this year on 8 September - today!). *** Read the background story below or scroll down directly for how to make "ice-skin" 冰(bing)皮(pi) mooncakes, or in all practicality, mochi.*** In Chinese tradition, the year is divided into 4… Continue reading Unify under the Autumn Moon

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Cool and Healthy Homemade Matcha Ice Cream

In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang are viewed as complementary yet opposing forces that balance each other to maintain order and preserve harmony. Stemming from this belief, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) sees the healthy body as being in a balanced state of yin and yang. Disease arises when one of the forces becomes disproportionate and… Continue reading Cool and Healthy Homemade Matcha Ice Cream